Slice of history at stately hotel
ONE of the best ways to soak up Hobart’s history is to sleep in a historic hotel. Among the many converted warehouses, factories and wool stores, the stately Lenna of Hobart stands out as a reminder of a grand past. The hotel’s vine-covered main building, built in 1874, was the home of wealthy shipbuilder Alexander McGregor. McGregor, who arrived from Scotland as a boy, worked his way up the social ladder and ended up owning the largest fleet of sailing ships in the southern hemisphere.
The hotel sits on the harbour at Battery Point and is only a short stroll to cafes, alfresco restaurants, shops and galleries at Salamanca Place. It’s handy if you have a car as there’s a large on-site carpark with free parking for guests. This is especially convenient on Salamanca Market days on Saturdays.
You don’t have to leave the hotel to experience a slice of Hobart’s history. Soaring leadlight windows, period furnishings in the common areas and prints made from original glass-plate photographs of Hobart ( taken between 1860 and 1938) create an ambience of old-world charm. Soak up the historic atmosphere with a cocktail in the Chandelier Lounge Bar beneath the blue and white flag of McGregor’s fleet.
Not so keen
Although much of the furniture in the guest accommodation wing fits the historic ambience, some things such as television sets and telephone handsets could be replaced for a fresher look.
My harbour-view suite was in the guest accommodation wing linked to the main building. It had a fantastic view of