Last week we spent a couple of nights in Hobart while visiting my family in Launceston for the Easter break. Given that we’re students, we don’t have a lot of cash. We considered treating ourselves for a couple of nights and staying somewhere nice…those dreams were quickly demolished after checking the Easter accommodation rates of places which were nice.
The first two websites I always look at for accommodation are http://www.wotif.com and http://www.tripadvisor.com. I find somewhere with the right specifications and affordability on Wotif and then read the reviews on TripAdvisor. One thing lead to the next and we had booked two nights in a double room at The Pickled Frog. I’ve stayed at backpackers in Hobart a few times now as I used to trek down there for weekends with friends. Prior to then, I was always skeptical that my things would get stolen and that I would get foot disease from the showers. Now, I’m totally on the hostel bandwagon.
I will admit, after reading some of the reviews on TripAdvisor I was nervous. At the end of the day though, it was only two nights and I’m sure I’d be able to handle whatever we were getting ourselves into.
The staff there were super friendly, and a special note must go to the resident dog, Baloo. They have free parking which turned out to be an awesome surprise. They also have free wifi, an awesome selection of dvds which you can borrow for free and the cheapest drinks in Hobart (literally). The people that are staying there seem pretty cool, it has a great vibe – a cosy reading corner, games, lots of sofas, cool art on the walls and an open fire place which I was pleased to see people utilising to toast marshmallows.
We booked a double room which was $70 per night. The same as it would cost for a super cheap hotel. It’s in a fantastic location – we ended up not moving the car the entire time we were there. We walked down to Salamanca and to everything we wanted to see in the city centre.
As I mentioned, they have the cheapest drinks in Hobart. They have beers and ciders for $4.50 and bottles of wine for $9. So even if you’re not staying at The Pickled Frog – you should pop in for a drink! They have a huge range of craft beers and they’re really helpful if you don’t know what you want. They also have coffee.
The first things I noticed when we entered the room were the the fact that the door had a window in it, the sink (which has probably been used as a toilet) standing in the corner, our view which was literally someone else’s window and our bed – which was a double on the bottom and a single on the top. I collapsed onto it as I’d just lugged myself up 20 whole stairs (jk) and the noise that the bed made was memorable. There was a stain on the bottom sheet so I ended up using the doona from the top bed as an under sheet on the bottom bed. It made do. Despite the stain and the view, it was annoying at night having the window in the door as the light was flooding in through the hallway and the other guests were very noisy outside the room. We hung our towels up but it only restricted a small amount of light.
Although this sounds negative, I actually really liked our time here. If I stay in Hobart again I would stay here, but I’d probably save the money and stay in a shared dorm.
One of my favourite things about places (I’m talking accommodation, restaurants and attractions) is a good website. There is little I find more frustrating than trying to find information out about a place and there being nothing, or some sad Yelp review. The Pickled Frog have a really easy to use website here.
The Pickled Frog prices range from $23 to $70 per night. These are dependent on whether you would like a dorm with others or private rooms. They are a huge range of different options which can be found here. They also offer a concession for anyone holding a concession card, this includes students.
Phone Number: (03) 6234 7977
Address: 281 Liverpool St, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000