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Mini-facelift for Art Hotel

An old favourite has been given a little face-lift. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, on Hobart’s waterfront, opened with great excitement 15 years ago. It was ahead of its time as Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, but time caught up, and $1.7 million has been invested to keep its look up to date. Over the past two years money has been spent upgrading all of the rooms with new carpets, lights and shutters. Two new restaurants – 'Peacock and Jones' and the 'Landscape Restaurant and Grill' – have also opened adding to the dining experience. All this just in time for the hugely popular Dark Mofo which has just burst into life right on the Art Hotel’s doorstep. The award-winning hotel showcases local artworks. It even has a full-time curator who oversees the rotating collection of more than 400 pieces that adorn the walls. Built within a row of historic warehouses that date back to the early 1820s, the hotel also preserves the atmosphere of its original inhabitant –  the old IXL jam factory. Rough-hewn sandstone walls and old timber beams add to the heritage feel.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

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