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Batman Fawkner Inn
Ranked #20 of 30 Hotels in Launceston
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Looking for cheap accommodation in Launceston was difficult and finally ended up taking out a room at this place, relying almost entirely on its price and location. Unfortunately these are the only positive aspects of what is effectively a run-down backpackers that should be avoided. There is almost no off-street parking, and that which is available is not exactly safe or secure. The reception is adequate however the room I was given was hardly worth even the sub $100 cost. The bed was something that would've looked old in the 80s, and the bathroom facilities were industrial at best. There was no fridge, no other standard room fixtures (e.g. coffee cups, alarm clock), and other creature comforts were minimal.

Also, be careful when you book and ask if your room is anywhere near the nightclub downstairs. I was fortunate to stay mid-week so had no major dramas with loud music. However it still was intrusive to hear what was played blaring loudly into my room...I suspect anyone staying Friday or Saturday would find it unbearable. Ultimately the experience at the Batman Fawkner is one I will not want to repeat.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Stayed here for breath of life on March. When we got in, the rooms light was blown and the lady advised some one would fix the following day and no body came. The mattresses had urine stains on them, the room smelt old and and dirty. I had asked for a double bed with the single on top only to be told they had none left. No way to hold the window open, except for the already half crumpled bin. No seats to sit on. WiFi was super, super slow in the room, we had to use it in the "lounge area" which was literally two chairs and a small coffee table. The shower head was too low down, even for me and im 5 foot 5. The bedding didn't match not that it matters. The church bell went off every hour on the hour all day AND all night.The place is horrible and i wont ever stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank CM1703
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This accommodation was cheap so I should have seen it coming.

-No bedsheets on arrival
-No hot water
-Lightbulb blown
-No way to keep window open
-Desk in room collapsed
-Generally dark and dingy

The trouble was not worth the money saved.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

It was great staying here nice to have a clean room and own ensuite to come back to at the end of the day!
Room also had unlimited WiFi, tv and own fridge.
Staff very approachable and knowledgeable of area.
Great value for money, hope to stay again sometime!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

good area, had what we need, and was cheap enough for what we wanted, room clean, shower good..bit of noise during the night with people talking outside, but nothing to keep me awake..would stay here again

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank AlburyMel
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

I stayed here in January 2014 for 7 nights, the room was unclean, I had paid extra for the double room to myself however both of the bunk beds were broken so a bit creeky at night. There is a church a few blocks away that chimes every hour during the night very loudly consequently I slept for 4 hours each night the chimming kept me awake till midnight and woke me up at 4, and I am NOT a light sleeper.
The carpet didn't have things growing in it, but it wasn't far off!
All this aside, the backpackers inn was right in Launceston centre with just 25 min walk to the gauge and 5 min walk to the town and shops. There are some lovely cafes around the back of the Hostel which I found were perfect for breakfast as I preferred not to have cereal or toast which you can buy to have at the hostel they have good facilities for these.
I didn't find I communicated well with people who were staying at the hostel as the majority of them didn't speak English and I don't speak any other language a bit of poor German but no one was German. A lot of people just stay for a night at this hostel as it is close to the airport.
I hired a car I would recommend this as tourist attractions are far apart but the roads are easy to drive. But facilities for parking at this hostel are non existant really, if your lucky you might be able to get a space down the side of the hostel, but there are not many, there are some spaces that are sheltered but are not monitored and locals tend to block this off.
I would not stay here again if I ever were to return to Tasmania, but it was a cheap and the staff are nice, but the reception is not tended all day only specific times.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank amz1988
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We stayed for 2 nights in a king room and highly recommend the Batman Fawkner as a stopover. Bed was very comfortable...very roomy bathroom and lot's of room to spread out. Was walking distance to most attractions in Launceston. The only downside was the lack of water pressure in the shower but would stay there again...........free parking....city park was virtually next door...close to pubs.....

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Batman Fawkner Inn

Address: 35-39 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Launceston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Launceston
Price Range: £39 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Batman Fawkner Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Batman Fawkner Inn is a place full of history. This lovely historical building was built back in 1824 and was where a meeting was held which resulted in the settlement of Melbourne. The Batman Fawkner Inn boasts a range of 40 rooms including Family, King, Queen, Double, Twin, and Backpacker all with private in-room bathrooms. All rooms (excluding backpacker) have in-room Reverse cycle Air Conditioners, Digital TV, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities & Fridges. Backpacker rooms have in-room heating, ensuites bathrooms and are bunk style accommodation. Situated in the centre of Launceston's CBD, we are only 5 minutes from City Park, 10 minutes to Cataract Gorge/Tamar River and close to shopping centre's and malls. We are also only 10 minutes walk from Aurora Stadium, Tasmania's home of AFL Football. The hotel has undergone extensive renovations in 2014 with some major upgrades and we are proud to announce that we are under new management as of November 2014. We offer free Wi-Fi internet (limits apply and additional can be purchase) in all areas of the hotel which includes in all rooms. On-Site Laundry Facilities are also available. We have a large Common Room/Lounge which has a kitchen (Oven, Stove, Microwave, Fridge & Preparation Area), lounge & wide-screen TV, 8-Ball table, large dining table and vending machines. Management and Staff look forward to having you stay next time you visit Launceston. ... more   less 
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