Historical Traveller Reviews of Fountainside Hotel
Best place to stay in Hobart
This hotel is hidden secret from travellers. We couldn't wish for any better deal in Hobart while we stayed there for five nights. The room prices are very reasonable. Our room had kings size bed which was very comfortable and the room was very clean. Hotel buffet breakfast only cost $10 and dinner $20 for hotel guests which is a real bargain. Mini bar prices are just like in the supermarket. Rooms are overlooking the large roundabout, it could be a bit noisy but not disturbing. Highly recommended and we always will stay there when visiting Hobart.
The room was great; it had been recently updated, great bed, excellent fit out, modern bathroom.
The view was good, overlooking the sculpture in the middle of the roundabout.
The restaurant at the hotel was good.
enjoyed my stay
Stayed for 4 nights and enjoyed our stay very much. Comfortable well sized room with nice king-sized bed. Very nice views. Close to city, pubs resturants docks etc all within easy walking distance. Very well priced mini bar ($1 for a coke!- bargin). Found the staff friendly and helpful. Didnt eat in the dinning room but menu looked ok.
Very happy with our stay. Would recommend and would stay again.
Driving up to the Fountainside Motor Inn, I immediately thought "Uh-Oh", but we were pleasantly surprised. Don't judge a book by its cover! The service was excellent, from check-in to check out, although we only stayed one night.
It appears that renovations are still going on in the corridors/hallway but the room was lovely - nicely furnished and decorated....great big comfy king size bed.....nice big shower!
We were extremely impressed by the cheap mini-bar (I have never seen one so cheap). My husband was particularly impressed by the set price all you can eat breakfast - eggs, bacon, beans, sausages, some crumbed mince meat thing, yogurt, cereals, breads, and danishes (although I found the danishes a little on the soggy side).
Location is excellent and price was very reasonable.
t Recommend it.
Broing and dreary. An old hotel that's been cleaned up, but nothing special. You kind of get that sinking feeling when you enter, it gets worse when you go up the industrial elevator, and you're really nervous when you get to your door. Once you're in the room, it's not that bad, but certainly nothing memorable. There are nice hotels in Hobart, and this isn't one of them.
Good value for money..but noisy renovations
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here for 3 nights in July during a 10 day self drive trip of Tasmania. Our room was on the 6th floor and had been recently renovated to a high standard. Excellent king size bed and nice furnishings, cable tv, VERY reasonable mini-bar and trendy bathroom. We never had any problem with the room-maids. Guess it depends when you are going out in the morning. We went down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast each morning as it was a very reasonable set -price and all you can eat cooked breakfast. Excellent value. We found the staff to be extremely helpful and pleasant the whole time. Only gripe was the noise of the renovations...they have workmen there between 9 - 4pm so any plans of an afternoon nap can be rudely interupted by the noise. Think this may depend what floor you are on so check this before booking. I'm guessing that the cheap rates here will go up once all the renovations are done.
We were impressed by the Fountainside for several reasons: firstly handy to everything and yet not noisy. Secondly, they have an innovative approach to some of their pricing which really appealed, although I don't know if this was permanent....the minibar items were priced as per regular shop prices, the internet connection was just the price of a home phone call, and the restaurant had alternative prices for in-house guests, which were substantially less than for the public. So we felt that we were receiving special treatment for staying in the hotel and thought htis was a great idea! It was the first time we had come across such an idea but I hope it catches on....it certainly made us want to return.
The room had been recently refurbished and was of a very high standard, and we found the staff very friendly as opposed to the previous review. Not a luxury hotel but very clean and comfortable.
Room OK, service a problem
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Fountainside for four nights in March '06. The outside looks like a normal hotel, but when you get out of the lift, the rooms look more like those from a cheap motel. However, room interior was good, I'd say recently refurbished. BUT ... the maids come around early - and only come once, so if you're not an early riser, you miss out - and they don't come back later in the day. Also, you can't get breakfast after 10 or dinner after 9pm (which made it difficult because I was there on business and was working long hours)And you can't get lunch there at all. The desk staff were decidedly unfriendly - and in some cases rude. But its cheap and everything else in Hobart was booked solid. As they say you get what you pay for. Stay here is you can't get in anywhere else.
Very easy to find and plenty of parking is a bonus when you are jet lagged. Spacious room and very comfortable king sized bed. Furnishings a little on the dark side and maybe ready for refurbishing which appeared to be ongoing. Although on a very busy roundabout there was no problem with traffic noise. Everything is within easy walking distance.
Tassie my dream destination...
We have completed our trip to Tassie here in Australia and I completely fell in love with Hobart, its' capital city. We stayed at the Best Western Fountainside Motor Inn ( you can't miss it - the big pink building on the way into the city!). This accommodation was very good, recently refurbished rooms, spacious, lovely heating for those cold Tasmanian nights and the location was superb. Only a 5-10 minute stroll into the heart of the city and down to the waterfront. I would definitely stay here again. Don't be put off by the pink exterior of the building, if you are looking for comfortable affordable accommodation, this is it. Hobart is a lovely city with old world charm, sandstone buildings, bustling waterfront activity and a great base to explore other places in Tassie such as historic Richmond and a day trip down to Port Arthur. There is a seafood restaurant down on the waterfront called Muir's and we ate there everyday, beautiful seafood fresh off the boat at great prices, nice family atmosphere. Look for it, it is the green building and everybody knows it. We visited in Autumn which was ideal, with the autumn colours on the trees, just spectacular. No place in Australia that I have visited has left such an impact on me as Tasmania, it truly is beautiful. I love Hobart so much and cannot wait to visit again...heck if I win the gold lotto, I would like to live there :)
Top Local Tips for Hobart
Stear Clear from these babies...
Those fish & chip outlets on the water at Constitution Dock. I should admit right here that we only tried one of them. I had some crumbed flathead and chips and my better half had some flake and chips and it was all VERY ordinary indeed. I wouldn't even bother trying any of the others as I'm sure they'd be just as awful.
Its a small town so eat early
We tried two restuarants in town - Mures on the waterfront, and Methezes in Salamanca Square. Generally speaking, you will need to have dinner between 7 and 9 pm. After these hours, you will be hard pressed to find anything.
Seafood is the best in Tasmania, use the docks area to its advantage as there are many place to choose from all offering great fare at brilliant prices.