02 Mar Visual Tour of Somerset on the Pier Hobart
Hobart is a location synonymous with the coastal lifestyle. Even if you’ve never visited you’ve most likely heard of Constitution Dock, the spot where Sydney to Hobart winners celebrate their race finish. It made sense then, for our first trip to Hobart, to seek out accommodation close to the waterfront. Somerset on the Pier goes one better by putting you right on the water. The set of serviced apartments occupies a 1930’s building along Elizabeth Street Pier. It’s proximity to the waterfront precincts and unique view of Sullivan’s Cove stood out to me as a great spot to base our activities from. Location aside, there are other benefits to staying in a serviced apartment too, which I’ll discuss below. Throw in some fresh seafood sold straight from the boat and you’ve got every ocean-lovers perfect location…
EXPLORE THE AREA
To give you the full scope of just how close Somerset is to the water press play on the video we created during our stay. We barely had to walk out the door for these shots and although there were some overcast days the harbour always looked beautiful.
STAYING AT SOMERSET ON THE PIER
Somerset on the Pier differs from a normal hotel stay with amenities tailored for longer trips or times when you really want to settle into your surrounds. The kitchen, laundry and private balcony are great for families and business travellers…or as it turns out, bloggers who spill food on themselves and have to do some washing! Aside from the extra space (and kitchen for making a mean cheese board) Somerset on the Pier puts you in a unique vantage point. Photographers, Instagrammers and people-watchers alike will appreciate the constantly changing landscape in front of them.
Sunrise from the pier.
Regular visitors to the building.
HANDY TIPS AND FACTS
- One-bedroom rooms are 52 square meters and Executive rooms are 63 square meters. Noticeably bigger than a standard hotel and great for setting up a blogging/work space.
- Plenty of restaurants sit on the ground floor of Somerset’s building, including Tassie ice cream by Valhalla.
- There are a variety of breakfast options in the surrounding streets. Brooke Street Larder and Lola Espresso offer a chargeback service to Somerset on the Pier. My favourite was Brooke Street Larder where you can enjoy breakfast on their overwater deck.
- The bathtub at Somerset on the Pier is roomy so prepare to soak those feet after a long day of exploring :)
- Minibar snacks are not your stock standard here. Expect delicious Tassie treats like homemade fudge.
- A few of the complimentary car spots are located out on the pier which is awesome when you want to drive right up to the door.
- As most bloggers do, I put the wifi to the test and I can tell you that it’s fast.
Coffee at Brooke Street Larder.
An unbeatable spot for people (or boat) watching.
Nautical images line the walls.
Whatever you do, order the muesli.
For us, Somerset on the Pier was in the perfect position between our two favourite foodie spots, Salamanca and Mako Seafood. In the morning, our day would start with a walk along the pier and at night we could look back at the city buildings and plan our next move. If you’re looking for accommodation in Hobart that is central, spacious and minimalist then this is your spot. If you have any questions about our stay or Hobart in general please leave a comment for me below.