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“A Sublime Experience”
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The Last Villa
Ranked #26 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Hobart
Bright, Australia
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3 reviews
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“A Sublime Experience”
Reviewed 14 September 2013

The Last Villa, situated in the tranquil surrounds of Sandy Bay, is an experience everyone should have the opportunity to try at LEAST once. The surrounding view from my villa is just perfect and being greeted by the irrepressible owner, Steven Last, (who bears a striking resemblance to Salvador Dali) with a glass of champagne on arrival completes the serenity. The furnishings and interior design (all done by Last, who's an architect) of the apartments indulge the visionary senses and make for a comfortable and stimulating stay. If you're intending to visit MOMA while you're in Hobart, then the Last Villa is definitely where you should be staying as an entrée to what can only be described as an artistic journey to this beautiful part of Australia.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Mel_O899
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Steven L, Owner at The Last Villa, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear Mel,
Thank you for your comments I shall keep you informed of all future creative programmed events and installations kind regards Steven Last
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English first
Kingscliff, Australia
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

Our host had provided us with a nice bottle of local champagne to add to what was a very well stocked larder for hotel accommodation. We had an excellent view of the harbour and to our delight saw "WILD OATS ELEVEN" race in on our very 1st morning. We enjoyed the location and the eclectic mix of furnishings and the boat like fittings of our unit which all contributed to the feeling of a home away from home. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend to any one with an artistic bent and a sense of adventure. Only negatives were the rickety stairs we had to carry our bags up and the very low ceiling in the bathroom over the toilet. It all added to the Paris feel though.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Christine S
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Steven L, Owner at The Last Villa, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear Christine
I thank you for your kind comments, your desciption of WILD OATS ELEVEN sailing by is perfect a rare experince indeed ,see you at the 2014 Sydney - Hobart race kind regards Steven Last
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Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

We chose in the Voyager Studio and would not have stayed if it we had not booked through Wotif with a no refund policy.
The description on the website is imaginative and seductive but not honest. There was no 'private courtyard' - it was shared with the other guests, as was the external WC. The 'sculptural courtyard' had no sculpture and features the clothesline. The 'Japanese influence' in the decor was imaginary - a cheap red chinese lantern, and two japanese tea cups, plus the black painted floor was as far as I could stretch it. 'Artistic'?- there was one piece of art in the room - a nice print but not at all Japanese. The colour scheme of lime green, dark green, olive green, red, blue, black and dull silver grey paint, is inexcusable for anyone purporting to be an award winning designer. Or anyone. The overall feel of the 'eclectic' design was unfortunately shabby and ad hoc. But ok I can accept aesthetic difference of opinion, so what?
But why would you install a shower with the taps outside in the kitchen? Really inexcusable for an architect to make such terrible design decisions, not just bad aesthetic decisions, but sheer functionality.

On the positives it is really a lovely old building in a great location so maybe the other rooms are better to stay in. Parking in a side street, outdoor loo, the access stairs etc are all quite fine for the type of unique property that this is. Unfortunately the welcoming booklet had pages (literally 3 pages) of self congratulation about the architect and no information at all about the building. That probably says as much as you need to know about this vanity project. I could not recommend this accommodation based on our experience.

By the way I am an architect and my partner is a landscaper we were visiting Hobart for our anniversary and to see MONA. Our interests perfectly fitted with the description of the property - Garden/Art/Architecture. We were disappointed on every front, but Hobart and MONA were delightful all the same.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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, Manager at The Last Villa, responded to this review, 15 January 2013
Dear 'GMG70', thankyou for your comments our objective to generate awareness within a built environment. Obviously in all hospitality based business our aim is to please everyone but on occasions that is not the case. I do however agree additional information needs to be provided in terms of the history of the building. It is interesting to note that the building has gained recognition by the Tasmanian Heritage Register. A copy of the summary will be provided for all future guests. In terms of the interior design our team at the Last Villa are continually sourcing new products and materials and updating themes accordingly. I thankyou for your comments.

Kind Regards, Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

The Last Villa is somewhere to recharge your creative batteries. The decor in each space is designed thoughtfully and offers a modern European feel. I have stayed twice at The Villa and referred many friends and colleagues - all who found the property wonderful. It is somewhere that you can spend time to re-gain inspiration. It is certainly the perfect spot to stay if you're in Hobart to visit MONA - at the end of the day it's great to sit by the window with a glass of bubbles and reflect on your experience.

My husband and I have stayed in Cruise Ship and the Penthouse and both were equally charming. The owner is welcoming and very helpful with recommendations on local attractions. He is an architect and you can clearly see his passion throughout the property.

I am sure The Last Villa is not for everyone. If you like chains such as Sofitel, Hyatt, or Sheraton, then the more boutique feel at the Villa may not appeal. This may be why a couple of the reviews below certainly don't reflect the experience at The Villa.

Room Tip: The Penthouse, Cruise Ship and Barcellona are all very large and are my best selections. If you real...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately we booked before the posts were added on here otherwise would have never booked a non refundable stay through wotif.com
Stayed for two nights in the cruise ship room. The villa has a quirky independent feel and is in a great location. The property was let down by its up keep.
We were greated by a 'fusty' smell. The room was not of an acceptable standard and its definitely not worth the prices being charged.
The kitchen bench tops had thick dust on, you could write your name on the shelf above the fridge which is where the glass wear is kept!! The quint blue espresso cups had a great dead fly collection on them! The oven was FULL of crumbs (see photos)
I walked from the shower across the carpet to find a full collection of hair stuck to my feet from the carpet! Cobwebs hung above the bed and the the shelves between the two rooms(nxt to the bed) we so dusty it bought our asthma on!
When showering or sitting on the loo you are in full view of the street and (also see photos) the cobwebs and dead flies in he bathroom had not been created since the last resident had left! This is a buildup of dirt.
On the positives the bedding and towels were clean and of a good quality although the bed creeks with every breath!
The owner was open to the feedback and did visit to hear out concerns however no notes were taken in his note book and I feel of was a little cosmetic as the previous post states ALL the same issues which he has had the opportunity to rectify and didn't leaving us to share in their disappointment!
Money wasted and a long over due trip spoilt!
So much opportunity wasted at the last villa.

  • Stayed January 2013
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6 Thank Sd1973
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, Manager at The Last Villa, responded to this review, 15 January 2013
I am very sorry that 'Sd1973' feels this way. We are a small business and one that we are very proud of. The building is regularly cleaned after the guests departure and during this particular guests stay I am very concerned that the catastrophic events of the Southern Tasmanian bushfire of January 2013 were not mentioned. A combination of record temperatures, gale force winds and bushfires resulted in a layer of ash throughout hobart. We apologies for your concerns all of which have rectified since.

Regards, Management
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Property: The Last Villa
Address: 2A Nutgrove Ave, Hobart, Tasmania 7005, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Greater Hobart > Hobart
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Ranked #26 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Hobart
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Last Villa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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