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Prince of Wales Hotel
Ranked #38 of 48 Hotels in Hobart
Sydney
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great location and price, but...”
Reviewed 2 October 2012

We stayed one night at the Prince of Wales hotel in two interconnected hotel rooms. The area (Battery Point) is brilliant, especially with kids. So close to Salamanca for the markets, and there is a gorgeous park with a big playground just down the road. Lots of food options in easy walking distance, and main shops about a kilometre down the road. Free parking. The bistro in the pub was buzzing, with quick and friendly service even on a busy Friday night. Don't get the seafood platter, though, the entire thing was crumbed and deep fried, even the mussels, shell and all!

Also on the positive side of things, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the price ($175 for five of us including continental breakfast) was unbeatable in that area. Breakfast included cereal, fruit, toast. The rooms were surprisingly inquiry, even on a Friday night with live music in the pub, we didn't hear anything.
On the negative side, the rooms were old, cold, draughty and dirty. The bathroom was so dirty, I really didn't want to shower in the morning. I couldn't bear to walk on the carpet barefoot, and the kettle started smoking and smelled ominously of burning cabbage when we turned it on. The rooms were draughty and didn't seem to be heated in any way - we were freezing. Easily our worst accommodation experience in Tasmania, and it is a pity, because with this location and a few improvements (and some attention paid to cleanliness) it could have been our best.

Although i loved this location, and the staff were great, I just can't recommend staying here.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2012

What great value this hotel is for Battery Point. Awesome steak and beer deal for only $15 pp and Accomodation in the best suburb in Hobart for only $75 pp.

You can't beat this place for value.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2011

The Prince of Wales Hotel is located in a quiet residential area, a short walk from Salamanca Square and a longer walk to the harbour and the centre of Hobart. The rooms are on the first floor above a pub, with limited parking at the rear. Check-in is at the bar and service here was adequate, but nothing special. At around $130 a night, room rates are moderate for central Hobart. Continental breakfast, consisting of cereals, bread for toasting and fruit salad, is delivered to the room daily and included in the price.

On first glance, our room looked fine. The linen on the double and single bed had been changed. However, there was thick dust in the corners of the room and under the beds. It didn't look like anyone had used a vacuum-cleaner here for years. The bathroom was equally revolting, with black mould growing between the tiles and in the shower area. A little spray bleach would have taken care of this. Clearly, the cleaners choose not to do anything about it.

Having pre-paid for three nights, we did not feel like going elsewhere. We booked a room above a pub, so we weren't expecting luxury or peace and quiet, but there is just no excuse for poor cleaning.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2011

My lamb shank was served cold and when sent back to the kitchen I was told they'd microwave it to heat it up! It came back lukewarm with gristle and bone I'd moved to the side of my plate mixed back into the sauce. My partner's fish was basically raw so it also was sent back. It returned overcooked at the edges and undercooked in the middle. Scant apologies from the wait staff but an offer if a free dessert, which we declined after such a bad experience. Absolutely the worst meal eaten over our 5 days in Hobart.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2010

We chose this particular hotel simply due to it;s great location. The hotel was situated just a short albeit a steep walk to Salamanca and the Saturday markets. There are plenty of little cafe's in the street nearby as well. The car park is cramped, and if they have a function on in the bar or restaurant, you may not get the promised space in the car park they advertise. The restaurant service was woeful, and the staff member that served us acted like she had better things to do. The rooms are dated and need a bit of a freshen up, but this did not detract from our time there. Rooms were serviced on a daily basis, and the cleaner was a wonderful and very helpful person. All in all, it is a inexpensive stay in a very, very expensive area.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2010

As above, rooms require renovation especially bathrooms which have old tiles and bathroom fittings,overall need a bit of money to be spent and a freshen up .
Gentleman at reception needs to improve his customer service skills as was very disinterested in greeting us and had to prompt him for information on area and ask for map which he was reluctant to give. Other staff,including bar staff very nice and friendly ,also cleaning staff very nice,shame about reception.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank lottybel
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Sydney
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 22 July 2010

For the money we paid, I was very happy with this hotel. Breakfast tray provided in room for each day (we stayed 3 nights). All towels changed and beds made up every day. The location was perfect - everything was accessible - tourist booking, waterfront, craft shops and city centre. There was some noise from the hotel - expecially on Friday night, as patrons left the hotel late at night. Staff was very courteous and friendly.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Thank SydneyHeather
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Property: Prince of Wales Hotel
Address: 55 Hampden Rd | Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Greater Hobart > Hobart
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 48 Hotels in Hobart
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Prince of Wales Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Hobart's historic Battery Point, The Prince of Wales Hotel has twelve 3 star en-suite rooms, an 80 seat restaurant and a modern popular bar. Suitable for all travelers wanting a central location within easy walking distance of Hobart's main attractions. ... more   less 
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