Australia’s first luxury ‘Art Hotel’ to open in Hobart, Tasmania

Officially opening October 1, 2004, The Henry Jones Art Hotel will be Australia’s first dedicated ‘Art Hotel’ and Hobart’s only boutique five-star accommodation choice. Throughout the hotel’s foyer, halls, rooms and public spaces, more than 250 original, contemporary artworks are displayed showcasing Tasmania’s emerging and leading artisans. Special, continuously changing permanent exhibits ensure a dynamic art experience for guests. Most works of art are available for sale and can be purchased online or at the property. Reminiscent of museum exhibitions, a free art catalogue is also available for each guest within their room.

In addition to 60 suites and standard rooms, many feature ultra-modern, all-glass translucent bathrooms with special lighting effects. This boutique property’s crown jewel is the Art Installation Suite -complete with a private art gallery and balcony, overlooking the Henry Jones Atrium. Room rates range from US$150 – US$535 per night.

The IXL Long Bar, Steam Packet Restaurant, ‘The Atrium’ and ‘Art Installation Room’ event spaces, transform this boutique property into a full-service retreat. A day-spa is scheduled to open within the property in late 2004.

‘The Henry Jones’ stands on Hobart’s historic waterfront overlooking Salamanca Place, the site where Europeans first landed in Tasmania 200 years ago. Taking its name from a legendary jam business man, this innovative property stands within circa 1800 sandstone warehouses and the original IXL Jam factory building.

Award-winning Flora De Kantzow, best known for her work on Tasmanian ‘hip hotel’ Hatherley House, has designed the interiors, successfully fusing the 19th century architecture with ultramodern comforts and style. The site’s colonial trading links with China and India has influenced De Kantzow design. Other décor features include soaring timber ceilings, restored machinery and an all-glass atrium.

Surrounding the hotel is Hobart’s vibrant arts precinct filled with small art galleries, cosmopolitan cafes, boutiques and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

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