The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Located within the oldest waterfront warehouses in Hobart, the Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel. The hotel opened in 2004 and was purchased by Federal Group in 2008. With its prime waterfront location and easy access to all of Hobart’s attractions, the Henry Jones Art Hotel offers an unparalleled experience of the city.
The Henry Jones site dates back to 1804 and takes its name from its famous past as the location of one of Australia’s most successful companies – Henry Jones IXL Jams. When the jam factory shut down in 1979 the property languished until 2004 when award-winning architects Morris-Nunn & Associates (now Circa) transformed it into a sensitively re-imagined world class hotel.
The hotel’s 56 individually designed rooms and suites draw heavily upon the heritage and tradition of the location. Sleek modern touches sit side-by-side with untouched heritage features which pay tribute to the past. The restaurants and bars provide both guests and locals with a welcoming atmosphere in which to experience fine food and beverages.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel features original contemporary artworks by emerging and established Tasmanian artists. Artists represented are graduates from the Tasmanian College of the Arts, independent artists and artists represented by some of Hobart’s leading commercial galleries.
The Henry Jones signature art tour operates on Friday afternoons at 4pm and is complimentary for guests of the hotel. It is a fabulous way to get a sneak peek into what makes the hotel such an important historical landmark. For tour guests who are not staying at the hotel, bookings are available at a cost of $15 per person (the price includes a glass of bubbles).
The tour weaves throughout the hotel covering the hotel’s rich history and current works of art. With an Art Curator and over 400 pieces of art displayed both throughout the public areas and behind the closed doors of rooms and suites, the hotel invites guests to experience the property as an exhibition space with ever-changing artworks.
The Henry Jones also offers history tours of the hotel and Hobart city. The tour provides a rich exploration of Hobart’s past from the first days in 1804 and the colourful stories of Sir Henry Jones and the Henry Jones & Co Jam Factory through to today.
Since opening its doors, the hotel has won numerous awards and received countless accolades for its design, accommodation, dining options and service.
If you would like to find out more about The Henry Jones Art Hotel, please visit www.thehenryjones.com.au