Our History

Mayfair on Cavell is a delightful historical property built at the turn of the century and was once the residence of Sir Eccles Snowden – a former Lord Mayor of Hobart and Agent General for Tasmania in London. Cavell Street was named after nurse Edith Cavell who nursed Sir Eccles back to health during World War One.

Following his return to England, the building was mostly used as a guest house until the late 60’s. The property was purchased by the Ludeke family, renovated and the two motel wings were built onto the front of the original home. The family business remained for over 50 years until Dec 2017.

The Motel now Under New Management is also owned & operated by a family who are dedicated to continue to offer a caring & friendly service to valued guests.

A stay at Mayfair on Cavell offers not only such tangible history, but also the modern convenience of accommodation options which include standard rooms, spa suites and self-contained apartments.

During 2018 all rooms are being newly renovated, equipped with comfortable furnishings, tea/coffee making facilities, a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, TV, and an en-suite bathroom, on-site parking & free Wifi.

The Motel is located within walking distance to the Hobart CBD, yet in a quiet area with views of the River Derwent & Mount Wellington/Kunanyi. The property is within 15 minutes’ drive to several restaurants, bars, shops, including Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Cascade Brewery, Royal Botanical Gardens, and other places of interest. Hobart International Airport is a 20 minute drive away.

Mayfair on Cavell is the place to stay when in Hobart.

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Motel Mayfair on Cavell Mission Statement

Here at Mayfair on Cavell, we believe three key points encompass what is valued by our guests:


Offer our valued guests a wonderful service


In offering and presenting this service we have dedicated, caring and knowledgeable people


We want to offer this service at an affordable price