Tasmania: twofourtwo10/27/2010 10:51:00 PM
|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!
242 Charles St
Launceston TAS 7250
Ph: (03) 6331-9242
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.
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!|
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.
|Pot of herbs on the balcony, guests are free to pick and use these!|
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.