The Rydges Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania was apparently a converted school. One visitor sensed the kids may still be there. Here is his review from tripadviser.com.
The hotel looks nice enough from out side and was a long way out of the city centre. It has all the amenities one expects form a 4 star.
The first thing I noticed was there was hardly any cars in the carpark and also not many guests in the hotel at all, the bar and restaurant were all empty even at breakfast time.
The hotel has a nice view of the oval, but an eerie vibe.
Believe what you like, but at 440am I awoke to what I thought was the sound of Kids playing in the room next door; thumping a ball against the wall and laughing. Also an adult telling them to be quiet in an angry voice. I was sitting up in bed by this time and was about to open the door and ask the people next door to be quiet please. Then my bed started to shake violently. I heard the door slam and it felt like a cat was crawling over my sheets. The sheets were crumpling over my legs but I couldn’t see anything moving. I really freaked out and got up and ran to the light switch. I switched on all the lights and took a shower cause I thought I might have been dreaming but I was well awake. I turned on the TV and sat until it was light enough outside to go for a walk.
At 730 am, after eating breakfast in the empty Buffet, I checked out.
The experience freaked me right out!!!
The history of the hotel is pretty vague there is a brief mention of it being at one time or another a dormitory of some kind. But it think it was a school at some stage.
Any ways I would not recommend this place to anyone as it scared the hell out of me. I got to the airport 3 hours early just to get away from the place. Freaky!!