There is quite a number of hotels in Launceston so it is not easy to choose one. We were looking for 4 stars and good value - our choice was Mercure.
And it was a good choice.
But I am sure there other interesting options.
For example when we were returning from our Cataract Gorge walk we saw the Penny Royal World Leisure Inn complex which looked very attractive.
From the outside it looks a bit old and dated.
Inside it is a different story, especially if you get a great room like we did: quite big with a comfy king size bed.
Two white, thick and soft bathrobes were nicely folded on the bed. Next to two pairs of bath slippers. We really loved that - it is something that not many 4 star hotels offer.
We also liked the hotel bar and the inviting old tram that sits inside. It is very inviting during the happy hour (I think it was from 6 to 7 pm), when the bar is really crowded.
So we happily sat on a wooden tram bench sipping a glass of wine each and browsing the old posters and pictures on the walls. It was like a step back in history.
The buffet breakfast had a good selection of hot foods in addition to the usual cereals, fruits and juices. Plus it came with a coffee machine so we were able to select the capsules with the flavour we wanted and have the coffee extracted in the cup right away. We thought it was a better option than the usual jug of coffee which may or may not be freshly brewed.
So for us the Mercure hotel was a really pleasant experience and one to recommend.
Mercure is on Earl Street. It is a little lane off Brisbane street so you have to watch the signs attentively when you first drive there as it is very easy to miss it. The hotel has a car park. It comes with a small daily fee, which you can pay at check out.
The Penny Royal World Village is an accommodation complex - it used to be an attraction park which was closed. The attractions were based around replicas of several 19th century mills, an arsenal and a tram that was taking visitors from one mill to the other.
Today you can see just the tram in the depot, the old line and the Gunpowder tram shelter.
The old Gunpowder tram shelter
The park had water mills, gunpowder mills, corn mills, a canon foundry, gardens, lakes and restaurants. It's a pity it is not operating any more.
The accommodation consists of self contained apartments and motel. We are not sure about the actual rooms in the hotel but the location is absolutely great and quite interesting. It is just near the Cataract Gorge.
Penny Royal apartments reception
I am not sure whether these are the doors to the apartments or part of the old attraction park. Though I think they are the apartments. Don't they look cool?
Check out the name on the door before knocking
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