Hobart, Tasmania just oozes with culture and history. One place that oozes the most is the Henry Jones Art Hotel. I say that literally as the hotel was originally a steam-powered jam factory, with jam still oozing throughout the hotel.
The famous IXL brand that dates back to approximately 1895 produced 2 million tins of jam per season and on the level one corridors, you are still able to see the stains from the jam seeping through the floorboards above.
In 2004, the IXL Jam Factory became the Henry Jones Art Hotel, after sitting vacant since 1979 when the factory closed. Designed as hotel to focus on the arts, it showcases over 400 original artworks from local artists, both established and emerging.
Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, the sleek design that has an industrial past is on Hobart’s waterfront in the Hunter Street precinct. The stunning glass atrium is the centrepiece of the hotel which showcases a great mix of old and new.
The variety of accommodation options, including 52 rooms (made up of 5 different categories) and 4 suites are all individually designed. The room configurations will be slightly different across different categories but the one thing that they made sure of with the design was to keep the heritage of the building.
The 19th century sandstone walls, untouched features such as the beams, mixed with the luxury fittings, and stunning views will allow you to experience a bit of history from every room.
The views from the rooms will have a mix of harbour or mountain views, with some room types overlooking the atrium, sun beaming through with the historic jam factory interior.
The luxurious suites, including the Peacock Terrace, the “original home of Jam Factory founders George and Margaret Peacock, and later Sir Henry Jones private residence” offer the Overflowing Infinity Spa as their defining feature and are worth the extra price for your stay.
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The level of service is what you would expect from a luxury boutique hotel. The Henry Jones Art Hotel staff go above and beyond with their attention to detail ensuring that all needs are met throughout the stay.
Little things such as a quick hello when walking past staff between your room and lobby or helping with our suitcases on arrival and departure show a standard of service and friendliness that is done right.
Suggestions from the concierge for day trips to nearby towns or local attractions were helpful with a map provided, clearly marked on the best way to get there.
Some other luxury properties in Australia could learn a thing or two from the Henry Jones Art Hotel with the service being genuine as you are welcomed as part of their hotel family.
Food & Drink
Hobart is known for their amazing restaurants. The city is making a name for itself around the country for the quality of the food. They are not short on restaurants and bars and the Henry Jones Art Hotel is celebrates some culinary experiences.
Landscape Restaurant & Grill is their award-winning restaurant having won No.1 in the Top 10 Tasmanian Restaurants 2018 by Australian Gourmet Traveller and also a Chef Hat by Australian Good Food Guide, just to name a few.
Peacock and Jones celebrates Tasmanian food at it’s finest. The restaurant is tucked away in the old sandstone warehouse of the IXL building. It has a more relaxed vibe with a regular changing menu cooked by talented chefs in the open-plan kitchen.
Morning breakfasts and light meals throughout the day are enjoyed at Jam Packed Cafe. Located in the IXL atrium, the morning sunlight is the best spot in the hotel to enjoy quick dining options or that morning coffee.
Each evening, before or after your dinner reservation, the IXL Long Bar within the historic sandstone interior of the factory, serves up classic cocktails as well as a wine list by some of Tasmania’s most famous wine makers. Live jazz and cocktail hour has made this bar “an institution at The Henry Jones Art Hotel”.
There are a few places that you must go while in Hobart. The Henry Jones Art Hotel is a great base as it’s centrally located and most experiences are only a short walk or drive away.
The Salamanca Markets are Australia’s largest outdoor market and every Saturday, locals and visitors head down to experience the vibe. Local coffee brews, fresh bread and local arts and crafts fill this local Tasmanian market and it’s only a short walk away.
MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is a short drive. Alternatively hop on the high speed ferry, not far from the hotel. The museum showcases David Walsh’s private collection of $110m of art. It also has exhibitions from top artists from around the world.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel is a small luxury boutique property and a must stay for any visitor to Hobart. It’s rich in history, having being converted from the IXL Jam Factory, jam still oozing throughout the hotel.
The location is the perfect base to explore Hobart and we recommend renting a car at the airport to explore the surrounds (there is plenty of parking at the hotel).
The Henry Jones Art Hotel is perfect for couples, friends and family alike and if you are looking for something unique, but still in the category of luxury, then you have found a winner!
Images: Supplied | Photo credit: Adam Gibson