Guest Compendium

Welcome to Islington,

This hotel is celebrated for its eclectic mix of modern and traditional architecture, a fine art collection, antique furnishings and relaxed, personal service. I feel confident that your stay with us will be a relaxing and enjoyable experience and encourage you to explore our beautiful public rooms and acre of manicured garden. Please make yourself at home and if we can assist you with any aspect of your stay at Islington, day trips in Hobart, restaurant and event bookings or future plans around Tasmania please let one of my superb concierge team or myself know.

Gareth Hinds, General Manager

 

A LITTLE HISTORY OF 321 DAVEY STREET

Built in 1847, The Islington is rich with history. An example of Regency architecture, the house is rather unusual for Hobart where Georgian style homes are more common.  South Hobart, known in the 1840’s as “Holebrook Place”, was an exclusive address that housed many of Hobart’s most prominent dignitaries. This part of Davey Street is still known as the dress circle of Hobart and many of the houses along the street, including Islington, offer some of the city’s best views of Mount Wellington. After being enjoyed as a family home for many over the years, The Islington was converted into a hotel in 1986. Since that time the hotel has gone through many transformations to become the eclectic mix of old and new that it is today.  Now an 11-room luxury urban lodge, The Islington offers 5 star accommodation in either the grandeur of the original house or in the tranquillity of the modern rooms opening out onto an acre of gardens.

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

The Islington experience is designed to make you feel like you are staying in your own home. Take the time to walk around the hotel and explore the original part of the house; the Library, Rose and Morning rooms and the Conservatory in the newer wing. These areas are for you to enjoy anytime during your stay and the house is full of a vast collection of art and antiques. An Art Guide is available from reception should you wish to learn more about the provenance of art and antiques on display at Islington. During the colder months the fires will be lit in the house every day.

 

To contact reception dial 0 then 6220 2123 between 8:00am and 10:00pm.

Outside of these hours a Duty Manager will be on site and contactable. Please refer to the notice placed in the kitchen each night for details.

Your Room key will also open the front and side doors of the hotel.  The gate button allows you to come and go as you like, simply press the button and the gate will open for you.  The gate will open automatically toward you as you exit the hotel by car.  If you are leaving the hotel on foot you can exit through the side gate, on the right of the main gate. Guests will incur a $100 charge for a lost room key or gate button.

 

The Islington Hotel is proud to be the first carbon neutral hotel in Tasmania.

 Additionally, we recycle all glass, plastic, aluminium and paper.

 

IN HOUSE DINING

 

Breakfast

Breakfast is served every morning in the conservatory. Enjoy a choice of continental breakfast to include house-made muesli or porridge, organic sourdoughs, fresh and poached seasonal fruits and/or a full cooked breakfast.

Breakfast is served between 7:30am and 10:00am.

 

Full Breakfast = $30              Continental Breakfast = $20

 

In Between

If you would like coffee or tea at any stage of your stay in the public rooms of the hotel please let a staff member know. There are always freshly baked muffins and cookies and fresh seasonal fruit available on the kitchen table for you to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

 

 

In House Dinners

A La Carte Dinner is served in the hotel conservatory nightly.

In-house dinner reservations are available from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm. Bookings to be made at your earliest convenience.

 Our menu is designed with an emphasis on seasonal, local and organic produce from small producers, or our garden where possible.

 

Conservatory Bar

We have an honour bar in the conservatory where at anytime you can help yourself to a drink. Simply fill out the details of your drink and mixer on an honour bar slip and leave it on the silver tray located on the bar. Alternatively, we are happy to mix a cocktail or pour a glass of wine for you.

 

Wine Cellar

We have a cellar in the new wing of the hotel which boasts a wide variety of carefully picked local, interstate and international wines, with an emphasis on vintage Pinot Noir. If you are interested in making some wine choices or want to have a look around please don’t hesitate to ask one of our staff.

 

ROOM INFORMATION

Audio & Television

There is access to digital, cable television and a DVD player in all rooms of the hotel. To play a CD you need to turn on the television and press the source button on your tv remote. Select the AV2 option as you would for watching a DVD. Please help yourself to a selection of DVDs located in the alcove next to the honour bar.

The iPad in your room is for your use in the room and the docking station can recharge and play music from all apple products. There are adaptors at reception for most other devices.

 

Coffee and Tea

Your room is equipped with coffee and tea making facilities. The coffee is specially roasted and blended for the hotel by Tasmanian Coffee Roasters, a local company which use Rainforest Alliance beans in all of its blends.

The tea is from an award winning Melbourne company called T2, which produces fine blends from local and imported teas, using organic ingredients where possible.

 

Internet

The iPad in your room is for your use throughout the duration of your stay. To get connected you simply require a password, which is 321davey. Internet access is complimentary and WI-FI is available in all bedrooms and public rooms of the property.

Your room is also equipped with broadband. However, before using, please inform a member of staff, just to ensure the connection is activated. To get connected, plug the connection cord into the internet port, located next to the phone port. Click on the internet icon and enter the password 321davey.

 Additionally, we have an iMac and printer in the Morning Room for you to use at anytime.

 

Islington Angel Beds

The Islington Angel beds have been custom made for the hotel by AH Beard, the oldest bedding manufacturer in Australia, located in southern Tasmania.

Our king size beds have been custom made, using the latest latex materials with wool embedded into the layers, for warmth and comfort.

It is possible to buy your own Angel bed. The hotel can contact the manufacturer if you are interested in sleeping at home as well as you do at The Islington.

 

Alarm Clock

There is an alarm clock feature on your room’s iPad. It is located within the information icon on the bottom, right-hand corner of the Nightstand application. Please ask a staff member if you have any trouble locating it.

 

Reading Material

There is a large selection of magazines and newspapers in the conservatory. You may take any of these to your room if you wish.  There is also a library of books for you to enjoy in one of the lower shelves in the library.  Ask a staff member to show them to you. If you haven’t finished your paperback book by the time you leave The Islington, please take it with you.

 

Security Safe

For your valuables we have a safe installed in each room which can be found behind the roll door shelf in the cupboard.

 

To set your safe code: open the safe door,

  1. Press the red button located inside the door and the yellow light will go on to indicate the code can be changed.
  2. Input your code (1-8 digits), then press A or B button,
  3. Wait 3 seconds,
  4. Input your code again then press A or B button,
  5. Once it beeps twice that means the new code has been activated.

 

To open the safe:

  1. Input your code and press A or B button,
  2. The green light comes on,
  3. Rotate the dial clockwise & pull out; the door is opened.

 

To close the safe: close the safe door,

  1. Input the code (the green light will flash for 5 seconds)
  2. Turn dial anticlockwise and it will activate the safe.

 

Do not hesitate to call a staff member should you experience any difficulty.

 

Smoking

Islington is a non-smoking hotel. If you wish to smoke please do so outside. There is an ashtray on the table near the pavilion beside our reflecting pool. There is a smoking fine of $500 for guests who smoke within the room to cover the cleaning of linen, carpets and furniture within the room.

 

Telephone

Each room has its own phone number, if you wish to receive calls from outside, or from other guests in the hotel. The telephone numbers correspond to the room numbers and the telephone number for this room is printed on your phone handset.  If you receive a call whilst you are out, the call will be diverted to the office and a message can be taken for you.

 

To make an external call dial “0” followed by the number required.

All call costs are complimentary, however international numbers are unavailable.

 

Early Check Out

Should you have to leave us earlier than 8am, please inform reception staff, before 6pm on the evening prior, to arrange settling your account. We can also provide you with an Islington continental breakfast tray to enjoy in your room before you leave.

 

ISLINGTON’S EXTRAS

 

Concierge Services

The concierge team at Islington have a broad range of knowledge regarding Tasmania and its cultural and culinary attractions. We are always happy to recommend somewhere for you to dine, book a table for you or arrange any tours or trips that you might be interested in. We are able to book a car, chauffeured limousine, plane and helicopter trips.  Do not hesitate to approach us with any queries or requests you may have.

 

Wake Up Calls

Islington Reception is always available to provide wake up calls, please make your request between 8am and 9pm.

 

In-Room Amenities

Melbourne based company Aesop produce our bathroom products. They are committed to using only the finest plant-based ingredients and non-botanical elements and anti-oxidants.

 

Linen & Laundry

Towels are changed daily during your stay and bed linen is changed every third day. If you prefer to have a daily change of bed linen our housekeepers are more than happy to do so, please let reception know.

We outsource all washing / dry cleaning of guest laundry. If washing or dry cleaning of clothes is required, simply leave all garments in the laundry bags supplied along with the provided laundry slips with relevant details filled in. For same day return of washing/dry cleaning, garments must be received the night before or by no later than 7.30am on the required day. Dry Cleaning is not available for same day delivery on Saturday, Sunday or Public Holidays.

 

Please see a staff member for current dry cleaning

and washing/pressing prices.

 

In Room Massage

We have a masseur on call for relaxation or remedial massage in your room every day of the week. Let us know what you would like and when and we can arrange it for you. Please talk to one of our staff who can contact our masseur and make the arrangements for you.

This service is available 10.00 am – 10.00 pm daily. Subject to availability.

 

Walking / Jogging Track and Personal Training

For those who would like to indulge in some exercise there are fabulous walking and running areas all around The Islington Hotel. We suggest the Hobart Rivulet Walk – at a brisk walking pace it would take 1 hour and 15 minutes, Jogging around 30-40 minutes. Please ask staff for directions.

 

For those wanting a workout we can recommend our personal trainer to assist you and take you on mountain bike treks, running circuits or perhaps boxing in the park.