Visitors to Tasmania have a new luxury accommodation option with the opening of the new Peppers Silo Hotel in Launceston.
Originally erected in 1960, the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades until two years ago when construction began to breathe new life into the structures, transforming the silo barrels into a state-of-the-art new hotel.
Located on the edge of the River Tamar and close to dramatic Cataract Gorge, the once unused silo barrels have transformed into a $25-million property, which features one- and two-bedroom apartments.
Amenities on-site include a gym, day spa, child-minding facilities, hairdressing salon, function centre, private dining rooms, restaurant and cocktail bar.
For all day dining options, Grain of the Silos, is the property’s on-site restaurant and bar, which is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a range meal options, focused on local Tasmanian produce and supporting local farmers and producers.
There are two driving forces heading up the kitchen, with head chef Peter Twitchett and food director and TV personality Massimo Mele, who is overseeing the menu in an advisory role.
Both chefs recently completed a food tour, meeting all of the producers they will be working with to source local ingredients, while wine educator Curly Haslam-Coates has curated the wine list.
Peppers Silo has also worked closely with Guide Dogs Tasmania to employ a canine ambassador called Archie, a black Labrador who resides at the hotel and helps the concierge with daily tasks such as greeting guests and delivering the morning newspapers.
Owner and developer Errol Stewart said Launceston was in need of new tourism projects and has a shortage of hotel rooms in summer.
“I am proud of what we have delivered and I believe this building will continue to be iconic for Launceston for years to come,” he said.
To celebrate the official opening, Peppers Silo has launched a special opening rate from $199 per night including breakfasts and wifi.
Peppers Silo is located at 89-91 Lindsay Street, Launceston.