How to start this article about Somerset on the Pier? There’s so much to like! We’ll cover more detail via social media and further articles, but today we’ll discuss location.
Super: Somerset on the Pier
Each year, as the Sydney to Hobart yachts sail into town, we look up to the balconies of Somerset on the Pier in envy. Holiday-makers survey the docks of Tasmania’s capital, with drinks in hand. Maybe they have a cheese-platter to the side, or a few oysters. Should they feel the need to venture from their prime position, the Tassie tourist hub is on their very doorstep.
Now we’ve been fortunate to explore our own city through the eyes of a visitor.
We chose to do a spot of shopping. Saturday is Salamanca Market day in Hobart; although any day is a good day to venture along to this heritage precinct. We loved browsing the arcades and quirky galleries ensconced in the sandstone warehouses. We also nipped up Elizabeth Street and through the mall. It was an easy 10-minute walk, but we still rewarded ourselves with a Chinese massage: spirit of holidays, and all that.
When we initially arrived in Hobart, we parked in the Somerset’s permit zone, and had a sneaky Tasmanian cider with lunch at Post Street Social, in full view of our accommodation. Staying as we were on the waterfront, we couldn’t go past Van Diemens Land Creamery without a tasting of decadent chocolate gelato and lemon sorbet.
After our day of exploring, we drank Frogmore Creek’s Storm Bay Pinot Noir on our balcony, and waved to the winemakers at their city location just across the dock. Then we walked five minutes to the Drunken Admiral (Tasmania’s extremely popular maritime-themed restaurant) for our fill of Tassie seafood. Mind you, there was a mind-boggling choice of eateries… dinner in any direction!
Breakfast was downstairs at T42 – Tavern 42 Degrees South. The folks there do room service for Somerset on the Pier, but we chose the restaurant option. You could stay a week in Hobart and dine at a different venue every meal, and still have more to discover. We certainly do!
We tossed around the idea of a Hobart tour, but couldn’t choose a mode of transport. Bus, boat, trike, horse, kayak… they’re all parked on Franklin Wharf. The MONA ferry departs from Somerset’s neighbouring Brooke Street Pier, but we went old-school on this occasion. A stroll around Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is always a treat, and we were pleased with our final decision.
We have absolutely no complaints from our adventure. We could actually handle living at Somerset on the Pier permanently. Our suite had a kitchenette (should we tire of restaurants, ha!) and laundry facilities were a nice surprise in the ultra-clean bathroom. The huge bed was comfy and had good quality sheets, and we loved having a fan overhead in the loft bedroom. Oddly, there wasn’t any traffic noise which was bizarre for a central-city stay.
Anyway, now we know what it’s like to stay as a tourist on the Hobart waterfront. And when readers ask for our personal opinion… we have one to give. Cheers!
Somerset on the Pier: The Details
Think Tasmania stayed as guests of Somerset on the Pier.