Islington Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Though in an unassuming location just outside the city center, the 11-room Islington is enticing, its mélange of styles resulting from the transformation of a down-at-heels 1847 Regency home into an architectural objet d'art. Beyond the formal reception rooms is a soaring modernist glass conservatory. Every nook and crannyfrom the red-walled cigar study to the chandeliered dining roomshowcases eccentric curios, many of which relate to the history of the house. The bedrooms are understated in their luxury, with heated floors in the bathrooms and locally crafted beds so comfortable you'll leave utterly rested. 2006 Hot List
When to go: Summer (Dec.Feb.).
Which room to book: The Deluxe Home Room (No. 2), which has a big bedroom and French doors that open onto the garden (doubles, $368–$405).
Amenities: Bar/loungeSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›