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 I encourage you to explore our beautiful public rooms and acre of garden. Please make yourself at home and if we can assist you with any aspect of your stay at Islington, day trips around Hobart, restaurant bookings or travelling plans around Tasmania please let one of the lovely concierge team or myself know.
Jessica Cleary, House 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 tranquility of the modern rooms opening out onto an acre of gardens.
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 the ‘reception’ button 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 on the treats table 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.
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 is included in the room rate.
For visitors to Islington the price of breakfast is:
Full Breakfast = $30 Continental Breakfast = $20
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.
Our Head Chef Sam Cooper has created a beautiful five course set menu that is served in the hotel conservatory four nights a week from Wednesday to Saturday.
The set menu is served at 6.45pm. Bookings are highly recommended.
Our menu is designed with an emphasis on seasonal, local and organic produce from small producers, or our garden where possible.
We also offer a Classics menu that is a la carte for guests that would prefer something more simple, yet still very tasty.
We have an honour bar in the conservatory where at any time 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.
We have a cellar in the modern 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.
Coffee and Tea
Your room is equipped with coffee and tea making facilities. The coffee is specially roasted and blended for the hotel by a local company, Zimmah Coffee.
The tea is from an award winning Melbourne company named T2. They produce fine blends from local and imported teas, using organic ingredients where possible.
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 can book a car, chauffeured limousine, plane and helicopter trips. Do not hesitate to approach us with any queries or requests you may have.
Early Check Out
Should you have to leave us earlier than 7am, please inform reception staff, before 10pm 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.
Internet access is complimentary and WI-FI is available in all areas of the property. To get connected you simply require a 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.
Linen & Laundry
Towels are changed daily during your stay and bed linen is changed every third day. If you prefer 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 and inform a member of staff. For same day return of washing/dry cleaning, garments ideally 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 Sunday or Public Holidays.
We have a masseur on call for relaxation or remedial massage in your room every day of the week. 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.
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. 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.
For your valuables we have a safe installed in each room which can be found behind the roll door shelf in the cupboard.
There is a laminated card with instructions on how to operate the safe. Do not hesitate to call a staff member should you experience any difficulty.
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.
To make an external call dial “0” followed by the number required.
All call costs are complimentary, however international numbers are unavailable.
Televisions in the rooms are Smart TV’s, allowing access to digital television, Netflix, ABC and SBS on demand. To change between the different platforms, simply use the ‘RECENTS’ button and scroll through the options.
The iPad in your room is for your use throughout the duration of your stay.
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. Directions and a map can be found in the left-hand drawer underneath the desk. Please ask staff if you have further queries. .