It’s an awesome little city, but I bet you are wondering where to stay in Launceston on your Tassie road trip?
There are plenty of amazing options, from B&Bs to hotels to caravan parks. Keep reading to find out my recommendations for the best accommodation in Launceston – a good night’s sleep guaranteed!
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Where to stay in Launceston
Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and it is the perfect place to base yourself for a few days exploring the natural beauty, wineries and restaurants of the gorgeous Tamar Valley.
Walking is the best way to get around town, and there are dozens of amazing hotels and apartments in the city centre for you to stay.
But which one to choose? Where can you find the best accommodation in Launceston?
Choosing where to stay in Launceston is an important decision and I’ve reviewed them all, using a combination of my own personal experience, and reviews from fellow road trippers, to find you the best options in town!
|Accommodation||Perfect for...||Budget||Booking Link|
|Change Overnight||Couples who care about their community and want to make a difference - while still getting an amazing night's sleep||$$|
|Leisure Inn Penny Royal Apartments||Families who want amazing value and adventure, right next to Cataract Gorge||$|
|Stillwater Seven||Couples who love a little bit of luxury and whole lot of style, seconds away from one of Tasmania's best restaurants||$$$$|
|Alice's Cottages||Couples who love a 'quaint and cosy' cottage - hearty breakfast included - just minutes from central Launceston||$$|
|Mantra Charles||Families and couples in search of space, comfort and no-fuss flexibility at a great price, with a little art deco on the side.||$$|
|Art Hotel on York||Couples and small families seeking an historic boutique hotel experience in the heart of Launceston - including its own art gallery - at a ridiculously low rate||$|
|Peppers Seaport||Families and couples craving water views up the Tamar Valley, light-filled rooms and dock-side dining on your doorstep||$$$|
|The Sebel||Couples and families seeking modern, dependable accommodation with a touch of class, close to the bars, restaurants and markets of central Launceston||$$|
|Big4 Launceston Holiday Park||Couples and families with (or without) a campervan or motorhome that love a bargain, without compromising on quality or convenience||$|
1. Change Overnight
Perfect for: Couples who care about their community and want to make a difference – while getting an amazing night’s sleep!
To stay a night or two at Change Overnight is to make a real difference. I was so excited to hear about this brand new hotel, and even in the short time they’ve opened their doors to the public it’s safe to say they are already one of the best Launceston hotels!
The concept is brilliant:
- Book your room
- Choose your cause to support
- Enjoy your stay!
There are 8 causes you can support from Tasmania and abroad, including Beyond Blue, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and even a wonderful Agricultural Mission in India.
If that wasn’t enough you’ll also find the rooms to be beautifully appointed and full of light. Self-catering is very popular in their modern, spacious kitchens, helping you keep your holiday costs to a minimum.
Change Overnight is a hotel with a conscience. Book now and sleep easy knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life
Address: 25 York St, Launceston
2. Leisure Inn Penny Royal Apartments
Perfect for: Families who want amazing value and adventure, right next to Cataract Gorge.
Cataract Gorge is one of Launceston’s best attractions, and the Leisure Inn Penny Royal Apartments are just a short walk away.
These Launceston apartments represent fantastic value and are perfect for families or couples on a budget.
The rooms are cosy and comfortable, with plenty of options to cater to families of all sizes. The kids will also love Penny Royal Adventure Park – they could easily spend hours enjoying the rock climbing, 100-meter zip line, ghost tours and live cannon firing.
If you’re a family wondering where to stay in Launceston then look no further – Penny Royal is easily one of the best options in town!
Address: 147 Paterson St, Launceston
3. Stillwater SEVEN
Perfect for: Couples who love a little bit of luxury and whole lot of style, only seven steps from one of Tasmania’s best restaurants.
Foodies may recognise the Stillwater name – consistently voted among Australia’s best restaurants – and it is exciting to see the recent addition of Stillwater SEVEN hotel to the property.
Seven architecturally designed rooms, all with beautiful water views. Uber-comfortable king beds, clever USB connectivity, and even a private guest bar and complimentary breakfast from Stillwater Restaurant.
The team behind Stillwater have always been renowned for putting their customers first, and this exceptional service continues to wow at Stillwater SEVEN.
A 7-star rating? Why not! it’s got to be one of the best hotels in Launceston.
Address: 2 Bridge Road, Launceston
4. Alice's Cottages
Perfect for: Couples who love a ‘quaint and cosy’ cottage with all the mod cons – Tassie hamper and hearty breakfast included – just minutes from central Launceston.
There are six cottages to choose from at Alice’s Cottages, each with its own quirky character.
French boudoir? English romance? Scottish passion? Take your pick!
These cosy cottages are beautifully appointed, offering a warmth and sense of comfort that is all too rare these days. Wood fires are a welcome option in Tassie’s cool climate, and guests rave about their hearty cooked breakfasts.
Oh, and did someone ask for a clawfoot bath?
I think it’s safe to say this is the best Launceston B&B accommodation option you will find!
Address: 121-129 Balfour Street, Launceston
5. Mantra Charles
Perfect for: Families and couples in search of space, comfort and no-fuss flexibility at a great price – with a little art deco on the side.
My wife and I stayed at Mantra Charles only months after they first opened in Launceston and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this tastefully remodelled art deco hospital.
Since then they have gone from strength to strength, and it is one of Launceston’s best ‘all round’ accommodation options for couples and families alike.
The rooms are comfortable and quiet, and we were really excited to find the restaurants of cosmopolitan Charles Street just minutes from our door.
You simply can’t go wrong with a weekend at Mantra Charles 👍
Address: 287 Charles St, Launceston
6. ART Hotel on York
Perfect for: Couples and small families seeking an historic boutique hotel experience in the heart of Launceston – including its own art gallery – at a ridiculously low rate.
At its heart lies an historic bakery from the 1870s, but the rooms and corridors of ART Hotel on York are overflowing with modern art.
With luxury pillow top mattresses and ultra comfortable leather chairs in every room it’s a mystery how this boutique hotel keeps its room rates so low – it has to represent one of the best value accommodation options in Launceston for couples and small families.
Cataract Gorge is a short walk away, as is Boags Brewery and the must-see Saturday Harvest Market.
Address: 270-280 York St, Launceston
7. Peppers Seaport
Perfect for: Families and couples craving water views up the Tamar Valley, light-filled rooms and dock-side dining on your doorstep.
Peppers have a number of fantastic properties across Tasmania, and the Seaport is no different.
Perched above the North and South Esk rivers, this contemporary and stylish hotel has an excellent range of rooms for all styles of traveller – and it’s as close as you can possibly get to the buzzing dockside restaurants and bars of the wharf precinct.
Launceston is famous for its beautifully still, misty mornings, and Peppers Seaport is a really good spot to soak up the mirror-flat reflections on the water at sunrise
Address: 28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston
8. The Sebel
Perfect for: Couples and families seeking modern, dependable accommodation with a touch of class, close to the bars, restaurants and markets of central Launceston.
You know how sometimes you just want to keep things simple?
If that sounds like you then you’ll appreciate the reliability and solid simplicity of a short-stay at The Sebel Launceston.
Rooms, apartments and kitchenettes are available, with spacious options for larger families. Gym junkies will love the on-site gym, while Bluestone Bar & Kitchen is the ideal place for your first taste of Tassie’s gourmet produce.
You’ll love the location as well. The waterside dining options of the Seaport boardwalk are only minutes away, as is a beer tasting at Boags Brewery.
No fuss, no worries!
Address: 12-14 St John Street, Launceston
9. Big4 Launceston Holiday Park
Perfect for: Couples and families with (or without) a campervan or motorhome that love a bargain, without compromising on quality or convenience.
Big4 have a great reputation in the camping and caravanning community, and their Launceston Holiday Park is one of the reasons why.
There are accommodation options for all types of traveller – unpowered tent sites, fully concreted powered sites for the largest vans or motorhomes, and a lovely range of cabins with optional ensuite.
Wifi is available throughout the site, and the kids will love the playground and huge jumping pillow!
If you don’t like a concrete jungle, but still want to be close to the action, then this is the park for you and your family!
Address: 86 – 94 Glen Dhu Street, Launceston
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I hope this has helped you plan your Launceston accommodation. If you’ve got any questions at all please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Happy road tripping!