Launceston, Australia

Stillwater Seven

Rates per night from$284.44

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD413.64), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Flour power

Setting

Tamar River trails

Even judging by Tasmania’s sky-high foodie standards, Stillwater Seven’s locavore fare was always in a different league – the riverside restaurant has won untold awards over the decades for everything from its wine list to the service. And now there are seven industrial-chic rooms, too, all sporting charcoal timbers, velvet headboards and views of the Tamar River. Of course, grist is never far away in this former flour mill, so come hungry: freshly baked bread appears as if by magic, the honesty bar groans with small-batch gins and, oh yes, there’s that world-famous restaurant right downstairs.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

For one-night stays, a bottle of Tamar Valley rosé. For stays of two nights or longer, a bottle of local sparkling wine and caviar blinis

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Seven, including three suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both can be flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $284.44 (AU$414), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include daily à la carte breakfast; you can even stay nestled in your room and have breakfast in bed for no extra charge. If you’re staying on a weekend, be sure to make a booking for breakfast – the pancakes are pretty popular with locals, too.

Also

Stillwater has a soundtrack – the team have pre-loaded ‘Morning’, ‘Afternoon’ and ‘Evening’ playlists on your Spotify-streaming TV.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, on-site parking. In rooms: TV with Netflix and Spotify, air-conditioning, tea and coffee, pantries stuffed with all-Tasmanian treats and tipples, bath products made with local olive oil, and fresh sourdough bread delivered daily.

Our favourite rooms

We’re partial to the Premium Kings with their sultry charcoal walls and dusky velvet accents.

Packing tips

Leave space in your suitcase for your favourite Tamar Valley vintages and the pre-mixed Stillwater cocktails.

Also

The restaurant and the Courtyard King suite are accessible for wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Small dogs under 15kg can stay in the Courtyard King Suite; the hotel can also provide beds, food and treats. See more pet-friendly hotels in Launceston.

Children

This is definitely a grown-up affair, but children are welcome in the Courtyard King suite, which can accommodate a crib or cot on request.

Eco‐friendly

You won’t find any pesky single-use plastics or disposable detritus here – the hotel treads lightly wherever possible, using reusable water bottles and coffee cups in your room and upcycled offcuts for its woollen blankets.

Food and Drink

Photos Stillwater Seven food and drink

Top Table

Snag a table by the river for sunset views.

Dress Code

Come as you are – the food may be fine, but there’s a laid-back feel to this all-day community hub.

Hotel restaurant

The rustic Stillwater Restaurant is a legend in these parts, enduringly popular for serving the best of contemporary Tasmanian cuisine. Chef Craig Will presides over the resolutely local and seasonal menu – there’s plenty of Cape Grim beef, Moulting Bay oysters and Mount Gnomon pork, with a wine list to match. Opt for the seven-course tasting menu with paired Tasmanian wines to sample the best of Stillwater.

Hotel bar

The bijou lounge on the first floor is just for hotel guests, so you’ll never need to wait in line for a large glass of something local. The torched-wood honesty bar is stocked with local treats and treasures: pastries, board games and small-batch spirits.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 8am to 11.30am; lunch is noon to 3pm; and dinner is served from 6pm until late.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available as room service during restaurant hours – yep, even the seven-course tasting menu… in case you feel like a blowout bathrobe feast.

Location

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Address
Stillwater Seven
2 Bridge Road
Launceston
7250
Australia

Stillwater Seven is housed in the historic Ritchie’s flour mill on Launceston’s waterfront, next to the mouth of the Cataract Gorge.

Planes

Launceston’s airport is just 15 minutes away by car – Qantas flies direct from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The hotel can arrange private transfers for AU$60 each way.

Automobiles

Scheduled bus and coach services can be sporadic (especially in winter), so if you’re planning to explore, we suggest renting a car at Launceston Airport; once you arrive, there’s free parking on-site.

Worth getting out of bed for

Once you’ve filled up on Stillwater’s streaky bacon, smashed avocado and Korean kimchi for breakfast, it’s time to walk it off – the team can point you in the right direction for picturesque hikes: Cataract Gorge, the Tamar River Trail or the Heritage Forest. If you prefer two wheels to two feet, Alison from On Your Bike Tours can take you from tentative novice to hardened MAMIL on one of her scenic cycle adventures peppered with local history. 

If you fancy your chances with a rod and reel, some of the finest trout fishing in the world is just outside the city – book in with Riverfly 1864 for guided days in the famed Western Lakes. If you land one, Stillwater will cook it for you for supper (just give them at least an hour’s notice); how’s that for service? 

And bendy-backed yogis needn’t relax their regimens here – there are two outfits in town, Tiny Yoga and House of Prana, that offer everything from one-on-one sessions to Bikram, hot Pilates and meditation. 

Fancy something farther flung? Just peep and Stillwater’s concierge can arrange all manner of active adventure, from Wine Route tours, river cruises, hot-air-balloon rides over the Tamar Valley or helicopter charters to Flinders Island

Local restaurants

Work up an appetite by walking the one kilometre to Stillwater’s sister restaurant, The Black Cow Bistro, for premium cuts of hormone-free, grass-fed Tasmanian beef. 

If your idea of a fantasy meal is gluten, more gluten and dairy (same, same and same), then head to Bread and Butter on Cimitiere Street for fresh loaves, pastries and its famous small-batch cultured butter. 

For less lactose, Kosaten is a sushi spot where you order by iPad and your tuna tataki arrives by train (all aboard); Novaro’s is an upmarket Italian in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse; and Me Wah cooks up the finest Cantonese for miles.

Local bars

Craft-beer bros (and gals) should hop along to Saint John, a casual spot with beers on tap and live bands in its Barrel Room. At the adorable Bar Two on Brisbane Street, everything is diminutive and adorable… except for its wine list – it has 50 different kinds of local pinot noir.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this food-focused retreat in Tasmania and unpacked their small-batch vintages and Poltergeist Gin, a full account of their gourmet city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Stillwater Seven in Launceston…

One of Launceston’s landmarks for almost two centuries, the former flour mill that houses Stillwater, a riverside restaurant with an embarrassment of awards, now has seven supremely romantic bedrooms. Since Stillwater serves the ‘best of northern Tasmania on a plate’ and champions locavore entrepreneurs at every turn, the industrial-luxe bedrooms could never be anything but a showcase of national design talent. They don’t disappoint: bespoke beds by Hobart designers, torched blackwood timbers, bath products made from Tamar Valley olive oil and pantries bursting with local bounty. The crafty devils will even subtly set up your room according to your likes and dislikes, thanks to a pre-arrival questionnaire that sets the tone for the nurturing stay to follow: freshly baked sourdough bread delivered daily to your door, crushed-velvet headboards in shades of merlot, and the softly meandering river just outside.

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