A boutique hotel that puts the ‘art’ in Hobart

For guests at the luxury Islington Hotel, in the leafy streets of South Hobart, the art experience is as close as the corridors outside their rooms. Located just a few steps from Errol Flynn’s birthplace, the five-star hotel is arguably the city’s second great art space.

In one corridor hangs a painting by Henri Matisse; in another room, two etchings from David Hockney’s Blue Guitar series. 

There are works by Brett Whiteley, a former neighbour of the hotel owners, as well as 19th century writer and illustrator Louisa Meredith, who was great aunt to one of the owners.

Deeper into the hotel, the 11 spacious guest rooms might also be classified as minor works of art, successfully blending the likes of antique writing desks with polished modern bathrooms and Scandinavia-blond wood panelling.

Views from the hotel reach up the slopes to the summit of Mount Wellington, while the glass conservatory and dining room, with its