Popular Hobart hotel steps into the future

A $10.6 MILLION upgrade of the highly rated RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel has been completed, giving improved facilities and greater choice to visitors to the state capital.

The 14-month project included building a new lounge, fully renovating the hotel restaurant, adding a gymnasium and creating a hotel entry directly off centrally located Collins Street.

The adjacent heritage-listed Cascade House was also restored and connected to the 125-room hotel.

Internally, the sandstone building was remodelled to incorporate an exclusive lounge upstairs and a bar at street level.

The upgrade followed a $1.3 million refurbishment of bathrooms in 2014.

RACT Group chief executive officer Harvey Lennon said nearly $13 million had been spent on the hotel since it had been acquired by the RACV/RACT.

“The centrally-located hotel was already very popular with RACT and RACV members and members of other auto clubs, and we anticipate that the improved facilities will take the hotel to a new level of popularity,” he said.

Hotel Manager Shelley Richards said the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel was in demand by both business and leisure travellers since the two motoring organisations acquired the property in 2013.

“The RACV/RACT partnership has introduced Hobart to thousands of auto club members across Australia,” she said.

“An increasing number of members from all states, particularly Victoria, are taking advantage of the significant discounts offered and are bringing new tourism business to Tasmania.

“Conferences also are a major part of the hotel and accordingly, event facilities were upgraded.”

As well as improving existing areas, a new boardroom for up to 16 people was created, Ms Richards said.

“The Collins Room accommodates 200 people seated theatre style, while The Stables seats up to 100,” she said.

She said the upgraded apartment hotel would enhance Hobart’s attraction as a holiday and convention destination.

“Both convention and holiday travel are growing in Tasmania. In the year to September 2016, interstate conference visitors increased 47 per cent, while interstate holidaymakers rose eight per cent.”

The TripAdvisor website has recognised the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel’s quality of service and facilities via guest reviews, earning the hotel a Certificate of Excellence.

Caption: RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel guests can select from a range of accommodation options including a modern penthouse with panoramic views of inner-city Hobart, Constitution Dock and the Derwent River and, inset, Hotel King Room accommodation. Photo credit: Amy Brown.

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