Change Overnight Hotel
Australia’s first social enterprise hotel, Change Overnight Hotel is the passion project for business partners Toby Wilkin and Sam Haberle.
Intent on leaving the world a better place, the gentlemen developed Change Overnight Hotel to teach guests the value of a good night’s sleep and created “a hotel that helps heal the world one room at a time.”
Repurposing the centrally located warehouse in Launceston, Change Overnight opened its 18-room hotel in mid-July 2019. Rooms range in size from a studio apartment to a 3 bedroom penthouse. By choosing to book with Change Overnight, guests are helping to support one of nine causes handpicked by the owners.
Another initiative to encourage guests to give back is the Pay-As-You-Feel minibar. A basket of locally sourced Tasmanian food and drinks sits on the kitchen benchtop with suggested prices for guests to pay. Any profits made on the food and drinks is donated to one of Change Overnight’s causes.
Change Overnight Hotel is located in the centre of Launceston in northern Tasmania. Its position on York Street means that you can leave your car at the hotel or along the street and walk into the CBD for shopping, cafe hopping, museum visiting or a pit stop at James Boag Brewery.
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THE ROOM & AMENITIES
The lower level features the dining and living area as well as the private balcony/courtyard overlooking the CBD. The kitchen features a stove top, oven, microwave and cooking appliances. A small couch, coffee table and television rounds out the living area. It is a large, open living space that naturally melds with the spacious balcony. A washing machine (inclusive of washing liquid) and clothes drying rack proved a life saver for us given that our stay was the halfway point of our two weeks Tasmanian honeymoon.
Upstairs is the bedroom and ensuite featuring a Queen bed, bed linens, towels and bathroom amenities. There is air conditioning across both levels and wifi is available too.
If you are staying longer in Launceston, this apartment is perfect if you’re visiting for work. The dining table could easily function as a makeshift work desk, with the option to sit outside on the balcony in the fresh air or to take your 10 minute coffee break. Cooking facilities also means you can go between home cooked meals and eating out.
All 18 rooms are located on the same floor, accessed by a short flight of stairs from street level or an elevator accessible from the covered garage. The black exterior of the building is matched inside with black painted walls and ceiling decorated with white stencilled portraits of everyday humans. It is a dimly-lit corridor with the sounds of city traffic overhead. Some may feel perturbed by this setting. However, once our eyes adjusted to the lighting and we found our room, we understood the design aesthetic and how it coherently links with Change Overnight’s overall mission.
Rooms are serviced every four days so if your stay is short, you’re unlikely to need anything or see the cleaning team. For daily fresh linen and towels, this will need to be organised in advance.
Car parking is available for an additional $15 per night. It is undercover and secure. You can organise this in advance when completing your booking.
Check-in instructions will be emailed to you ahead of your stay, including the touchpad codes necessary to access the hotel entrance, the car park garage (if applicable) and your hotel room.
How To Get To The Hotel
Taxis and Uber are also available. The trip will cost approximately $30 – $40.
Booking Your Stay
*This stay was provided complimentary by Change Overnight Hotel. All photos, words and opinions are our own.