Slice of his­tory at stately ho­tel

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SUITE LIFE LENNA, HOBART - Christina Pfeif­fer

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 lo­ca­tion

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.

We­like

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.

The room

My har­bour-view suite was in the guest ac­com­mo­da­tion wing linked to the main build­ing. It had a fan­tas­tic view of

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