Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tasmania: twofourtwo

Hot water bottle, extra blanket and foodie-guide to Tassie!

I know Hobart is a bigger city, but I'm glad we chose Launceston.  Not least of all because we got to stay at twofourtwo!  Once we'd decided on Launceston, I did a bit of googling, read about twofourtwo here and thought it looked pretty fabulous.  I looked at their own website, saw the the prices were within budget, and promptly booked it online.  Too easy!

twofourtwo
242 Charles St
Launceston TAS 7250
Ph: (03) 6331-9242
Website

The twofourtwo apartments are located just outside of the city centre, close to cafes, restaurants and delis.  While we visited, the reception was closed for renovations, but the owners Alan and Katie kept us in the loop - calling us beforehand to arrange key pick-up, and making sure they popped in to say hi and make sure we felt welcome.

Vertigo Stairs!

At this stage in my life, the only hotels I can afford are soulless business hotels or mediocre travel taverns.  So I think its fantastic that boutique accommodation is becoming more common. They are generally a bit cheaper than the big hotels, and have a lot more personality.  With twofourtwo, it was so nice to see the individual touches that the owners add to personalise the experience. It seemed like they thought of everything to make your stay more comfortable... like the hot water bottle and extra blanket they put on the beds! And the apples on the pillows. Cute!


I was also impressed that they had a DVD player (with a good selection of movies!), CD player, iPod dock, menus of local restaurants... and a comfy couch with heaps of fluffy pillows, blankets, and a mega-selection of food magazines!

Little puzzles for extra fun!

Candy!

Nice bathroom stocked with Tasmanian toiletries and a jacuzzi tub!  After all that driving, it was such a treat to soak in a hot relaxing bath.  Doubly decadent as Melbourne's water restrictions mean I don't take baths at home.  The walls of the bath were pretty high though, so would be difficult for anyone with mobility restrictions (as would those stairs!)


Now the fun part - the kitchen!  It was fully stocked with tea, coffee, bicuits and all types of equipment (you know I checked!), sandwich press, espresso machine, plunger, dishwasher...


Fridge stocked with brekky provisions, like bread, eggs, tomatoes, milk and OJ.

 On the 2nd shelf there was cheese, smoked salmon and crackers - yum yum.  We didn't actually end up cooking breakfast (we were too busy going out to cafes instead, hehe), but if you are more energetic than me, you could make a pretty fab breakfast there!

Pot of herbs on the balcony, guests are free to pick and use these!

Pretty balcony
We loved it!  Twofourtwo was a really wonderful spot for a weekend away.  Next time we go to Launceston, I'd definitely wanna stay there again!

To help me discover Tasmania, Tourism Tasmania generously provided return flights and car hire for the trip.  However, I selected all accommodation, tourist destinations and restaurants personally and visited as a paying customer.

5 comments:

Iron Chef Shellie said...

This looks like the place for me!!! I love how they put apples on the pillows.... and charlie's juices in the fridge!!

Hannah said...

Did anyone else think "Watch out, Snow White!" upon seeing that apple? :D

Love seeing this guided tour of your accom... I did a lot of hostels in ym recent travels, and splurging on an actual hotel was like heaven! Never anything quite as cute as this, though!

penny aka jeroxie said...

Looks GREAT! heading back to Tassie for sure.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Tasmania is such a great destination for food! can't wait to read more about your adventures there :)

jeroxie said...

I miss Tassie and will love to head back.