The liveliest areas to stay in Hobart are the Sullivans Cove waterfront and Salamanca Place, though prices here are usually sky- high and vacancy rates low. The CBD has less ambience, and most of the backpacker hostels and pubs with accommodation are here. Note that rooms above pubs can be pretty noisy, especially on weekends with live music. To the north is North Hobart with apartments, B&Bs and good restaurants. Accommodation in waterside Sandy Bay is surprisingly well priced, but it’s a fair hike from town. Top-end Hobart accommodation can be quite reasonable. A budget of around $200 will stretch to designer hotels, historic guest- houses and modern waterside apartments.