Hobart, Australia

MONA Pavilions

Rates from (inc tax)$347.08

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21AUD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Arty avant-garde architecture

Setting

Banks of the Derwent River

At Hobart’s most maverick and multi-tasking hotel - MONA Pavilions - you’ll cultivate your inner foodie, gadget head, culture vulture, and style fiend - all at once. Stay in one of their ultra-contemporary pavilions on the river and your biggest dilemma will be which to tackle first: their winery, restaurant or private museum?

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A private Cellar Door tasting and a bottle of Muse series wine, priority access to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), a Moorilla Winery Tour and Moo Brew beer tasting

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eight pavilions, all suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible for Smith members (or for the 'flirtatious', as MONA's cheeky in-room compendium suggests). Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $347.08 (AU$455), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD500.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include cooked breakfast in the Source restaurant or continental breakfast in-room, a seasonal local platter on arrival and a bottle of Muse Series wine.

Also

MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia's largest private museum and the brainchild of MONA Pavilions' owner David Walsh. Carved into the cliffside alongside the accommodation, this sexily lit temple showcases a 'subversive Disneyland' of modern art and rare global antiquities worth over AU$100 million, including works by Brit artists Damien Hirst and Chris Ofili, US sloganeer Jenny Holzer and Australian icon Sidney Nolan. You can even stream highlights of the collection into your room via your TV screen for a more personal viewing.

At the hotel

Winery, gym, sauna. In rooms: free WiFi, TVs in bedrooms, living areas and some bathrooms, integrated CD/DVD players, iPod dock, Bang & Olufsen phone, original art, minibar, temperature-controlled wine storage, kitchen, Aesop amenities.

Our favourite rooms

MONA's eight bold pavilions are all unique. The original four, celebrating Australian artists Sidney (Nolan), Brett (Whiteley), Arthur (Boyd) and Charles (Blackman), each boast a painting by their namesakes, as well as ancient artifacts. Intimate and modernist, they cantilever dramatically over the river, with Zen-chic rooms and serene water views from outdoor decks. We like spacious two-floor, two-bedroom Brett, but cosier one-bedroom Sidney has a great bathroom. The four newer pavilions, named after architects Robin (Boyd), Esmond (Dorney), Walter (Burley Griffin) and Roy (Grounds), are set back from the river; three-storey, two-bedroom faceted-metal penthouse Roy is the most spectacular, spacious and private (ideal for families), with a spa bath on the deck for bathing alfresco.

Poolside

Low-lying and intimate, the heated infinity lap pool nestles beside Roy pavilion, with angled floor-to-ceiling windows so you can gaze out to the tree-fringed river while you swim. Work out at the gym alongside, then wind down at the sauna.

Packing tips

Swimsuit, gym and yoga kit if you're the sporty type. Forget bag-clogging books, though – each pavilion comes with a stack of art and architecture tomes, novels and mags, all personally recommended by MONA staff.

Also

The adjacent MONA gallery, and its café and bars, are closed on Tuesdays, but pavilion guests can enjoy an exclusive museum tour at 3.45pm. The Source restaurant will still be open to guests for breakfast and alternative dinner arrangements can be made.

Children

MONA Pavilions has a sophisticated adult vibe, but kids are welcome and the private, two-bedroom pavilions make cool family cocoons. The hotel can supply baby cots (AU$20 a night), roll-out beds for older kids (AU$50 a night) and babysitters.

Overview

MONA Pavilions has a sophisticated adult vibe, but kids are welcome and the private, two-bedroom pavilions make cool family cocoons. The hotel can supply baby cots (AU$20 a night), roll-out beds for older kids (AU$50 a night) and babysitters.

Best for

Kids of any age will enjoy the spacious, private pavilions; older children will get a kick out of the art and pool.

Recommended rooms

The original two-floor, two-bedroom pavilions, Brett and Charles, are spacious yet intimate, but opt for one of the two-bedroom newer pavilions if you want even more acreage. All rooms boast kitchens and laundry rooms, so work well for families.

Activities

Arrive at MONA by boat and you'll already have the kids eating out of the palm of your hand. The winery, microbrewery and gourmet restaurant may not be the most child-friendly distractions, but there's a cool pool on site, and you can tour the Cadbury Factory (www.cadbury.com.au) just across the river (if thoughts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory don't make you nervous). When the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opens on site in January 2011, its curious mix of Egyptian mummies, ethnic artifacts, antiquities, digital works and modern art should appeal to older kids.

Swimming pool

The heated indoor pool is just for pavilion guests to use (secure entry with your room key), and is not too deep for the smalls. It's more suited to laps than aqua play, but floats and arm-bands are available.

Rates

More details

Rates include cooked breakfast in the Source restaurant or continental breakfast in-room, a seasonal local platter on arrival and a bottle of Muse Series wine.

Meals

MONA's restaurant the Source can cater for children, and offers high chairs for wee folk. Staff are happy to heat up milk or baby food too, and can whip up hampers for packed lunches. In-room dining here is a great option if you'd rather eat with the kids in the privacy or your own pavilion, either around the living room table or out on the terrace. As well as room service orders, you can request whatever condiments you need, and rooms come with state-of-the-art kitchens, fridges and microwaves. Continental breakfast can be provided in your room, or you can enjoy cooked breakfasts up at the Source.

Babysitting

Given three days' notice, MONA can arrange babysitting with reputable local child minders for AU$25 an hour.

No need to pack

Baby cots, high chairs, entertainment (pavilions come with satellite TV and lots of amusing gadgets).

Also

There's a buggy on hand to ferry you to your room if you're loaded down with kids and luggage.

Eco‐friendly

MONA Pavilions draws on locally sourced, seasonal and organic food at its restaurant, recycles water and is committed to a comprehensive environmental policy at its on-site vineyard.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

On the first floor of MONA's sharp-suited, ultra-contemporary reception building the Ether, you'll find destination restaurant the Source, a cool confection of minimal white tables and crisp glass walls which make the most of killer rustic views. Charming manager Joseph Burton will guide you through chef Philippe Leban's delicious French-influenced Mod Oz dishes, which embrace the mantra 'think globally, but act locally' with great oysters, scallops, lobster and trevalla on offer, as well as delicious desserts, and own-label wine and beer produced on the premises.

At the bar

The glass-walled, airy Source restaurant also boasts a sleek bar, but it only stays open late on Friday and Saturday evenings. You won't go thirsty, though, as free tastings of Moorilla vineyard's cool-climate Huon and Tamar Valley wines are yours for the sipping from 10am-5pm daily, adjacent to Source at the stylish Cellar Door bar. Marvel at the vibrant John Olsen artwork on the ceiling, while you savour world-class wines or limited-release Moo Brew beers from the bespoke microbrewery also housed here. Brewery Nights take place Fridays from 5pm, for quaffing the cool stuff on the terrace, or pop to the MONA museum Wine Bar out near the lawn for tempting drops and cheese platters.

Last orders

The Source is open for breakfast daily, for lunch Wednesday–Monday, and for dinner Wednesday through to Saturday, from 6pm to 8.30pm. Bartenders mirror the same hours.

Room service

A la carte room service is available from 6pm to 8pm; the selection changes daily. Continental breakfast can be ordered to your room between 7.30am and 10.30am.

Location

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Address
MONA Pavilions
655 Main Road, Berriedale
7011
Hobart
Australia

Planes

Fly into Hobart International Airport (www.hobartairport.com.au), which handles regular domestic flights from major cities on the Australian mainland with Qantas (www.qantas.com.au), Jetstar (www.jetstar.com) and Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au) – although no international flights. From there, it's a 25-minute, 20-kilometre drive to MONA.

Automobiles

A taxi from the airport to Hobart city centre costs around AU$36.

Worth getting out of bed for

There's no need to leave entertainment one-stop shop MONA Pavilions, so lap up the remote riverside feel away from inner-city Hobart. Check out the free Cellar Door tastings (try some Moo Brew), hit the heated swimming pool and sauna, or order a soothing massage in the privacy of your apartment-style room (there isn't a spa here, but you won't miss one). 

MONA also hosts regular workshops, embracing beer and tapas, cheese and wine, beer and dessert and even songwriting, although you'll need to register in advance and pay extra for these. Other events in the pipeline include MONA Quiz Night, Urban Farm (a chance to sample and buy fresh regional produce from local farmers' markets) and Manicures, Martinis and Massages, girlie get-togethers teaming pampering with cocktails which would suit a hen night or all-female stay here.

Save a day to visit the adjacent Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), carved out of a dramatic cliffside site beside the Ether reception building (you can beat the queues by booking your entry ticket online). Offering a secular temple to Australian and global art through the ages, it's home to a controversial, high-impact collection, including digital mummies and real Egyptian ones, as well as 'Cloaca Professional', a jaw-dropping machine that replicates the human digestive system. Designed by Melbourne firm Fender Katsalidis Architects (who also created the hotel's four newest residential pavilions), it's on a par with the scale of Adelaide's Art Gallery of South Australia and Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art, and has become a major draw-card for Hobart. Interactive iPod O guides explain the works on show and allow you to save your museum tour to your email account, so you can download visual highlights at home. Refuel while you get your art fix at the airy Café by the entrance and shop, downstairs at the Void Bar or in the nearby Wine Bar above ground. Don't miss the concrete Casket back at the hotel, a quirky wunderkammer display pod offering a microcosmic taste of the art and ancient artifacts on show in the MONA museum. We love the way it opens seductively as you approach. On Fridays, you can visit a Moorilla winery or Moo Brew microbrewery (tours cost AU$30 a person).

Staff and concierge services can pretty much make anything happen for you here, as the tongue-in-cheek room compendium suggests. 'Please see reception if you're planning a pool party or ritualistic orgy', jokes the blurb. And when it comes to travel experiences, it jests, 'We can arrange pretty much anything legal. Jusk ask.'

If you're staying over a Saturday, it's worth checking out the Salamanca Market on Salamanca Place in Hobart's historic quarter, where over 300 stalls sell local produce, delicious snacks, crafts and fleakmarket treasures. For a scenic journey, take MONA's boat there and back along the river (you can book tickets in advance for the 30-minute ride).

 

Local restaurants

With gorgeous hotel restaurant the Source on your doorstep, and the sexy synergy here between food, art and own-label wine and beer, you may not want to venture further afield to dine. We recommend taking advantage of your in-room fully kitted-out kitchen and Moorilla wine stash too (you can order in any condiments you need if you want to cook for yourself), as private dining in your lounge or breakfasting out on the deck with river views is a real treat.

In you fancy getting out into town, though, MONA recommends Monty's on Montpellier (37 Montpellier Retreat, Battery Point; +61 (0)3 6223 2511; www.montys.com.au), which is strong on local fish, meat and wine, sleekly modern Smolt (2 Salamanca Square; +61 (0)3 6224 2554; www.smolt.com.au) and Chinese restaurant Mee Wah (16 Magnet Court, Sandy Bay Drive, Sandy Bay; +61 (0)3 6223 3688; www.mewah.com.au). Alternatively, check out Piccolo (323a Elizabeth Street; +61 (0)3 6234 4844), closer by in North Hobart, which dishes up seasonal Tassie fare.

Local bars

If you're staying over on a Friday, take advantage of the Moo Brew microbrewery tours at 2pm. Brewery Night kicks in afterwards from 5pm, so you can savour the flavours out on the terrace at adjacent Source restaurant. There are four regular beers and two special releases on tap and in bottles. No preservatives, no additives, but loads of attitude.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

As an acronym, MONA has the ring of a suburban hausfrau about it. The reality is distinctly more glamorous. MONA – Hobart’s showcase Museum of Old and New Art, the elegantly appointed Source restaurant, and individual pavilions, named after Australian artists and architects, for overnight guests – is entertainment, education and relaxation in one potent package. Wrapped in its signature colours of black and pink, it is irreverent, very stylish, and a little dangerous.

Sprawling on a giant, gold beanbag with Mr Smith on the balcony of the Robin pavilion (a homage to the architect Robin Boyd), gazing at boats gliding past on the glassy Derwent River while sipping from a glass of free bubbles, I imagine myself cut adrift from life as I know it for a moment. The peace is deafening. Do my eyes deceive me or is that a cottontailed bunny hopping by? Yes, indeed, and he’s brought his pals. Rabbits may be the environmental scourge of Tasmania, but I delude myself they have been shipped in to complete the halcyon picture that is MONA. Ripening on the hillside, burgeoning vineyards promise an abundant crop. Everything, it seems, is in a state of growth.

The Museum of Old and New Art was conceived by its art-collecting owner, gambling entrepreneur David Walsh, as an adventure in Wonderland for adult Alices. It’s part of his Moorilla estate, also comprising a cellar door and microbrewery, just minutes by car or fast catamaran from Hobart. The museum is a heady mix of art and sex (maybe that’s why there are rabbits everywhere), served up with a good splash of wine. Already, its impact has been compared to the effect Frank Gehry’s radical Guggenheim Museum had on the small Spanish town of Bilbao. MONA has made Hobart sexy, perhaps for the first time. Let’s face it, that’s why we’re here.

Mr Smith and I queue up with hundreds of people, young and old, to see the museum, and we’re not disappointed. It is a striking and important collection. While reflective of a singular passion, there is definitely something for everyone: major international artists sit alongside emerging local talent, Victorian curiosities and Egyptian antiquities, all housed in an underground stone cavern accessed by a spiral staircase.

Descending into the museum, we leave reality behind momentarily to enter a tomblike space. It’s overwhelming, breathtaking. I love the witty curating, from the absurd grass tennis court that doubles as forecourt, through to the bold choice to abandon didactic panels in favour of customised, personal iPods that offer information, musings and thought-provoking statements as you wander the labyrinthine galleries. You choose what to look at and how much or little you want to know. This is not a preachy museum, but fun, egalitarian, interactive, addictive, and pleasingly weird.

What’s more, it pays to stay at MONA Pavilions because the museum bears repeat visits. We feel wildly decadent wandering between the museum and our pavilion and back again all day. This weekend MONA is all ours and it’s a cultural banquet we can’t help but return to feast upon.

Not completely sated, however, we dine that evening at in-house restaurant the Source. The food is just as creative: smart, not arch, an intelligent combination of flavours and, of course, so pretty I take iPhone photos of it. My ethically sourced and prepared fish is marvellous. Breakfast the next morning is similarly experimental yet hearty, starring bespoke sausages and punchy coffee. We follow our meal with a work-out in the sleekly spare gymnasium and a swim in the pool, both for the exclusive use of pavilion guests, though we are completely alone. The gym is heavy on the mirrors so one can admire one’s form, or someone else’s. Yet more bunnies bound by the window: maybe we have actually passed through the looking glass?

MONA is an island upon an island. Somewhere across the water is Hobart but while you’re here you could be anywhere. The entire endeavour is one man’s vision – complex, indulgent and intoxicating – and to stay at MONA Pavilions is to temporarily become part of it.

Each of the eight pavilions is decorated with original art and bespoke furniture from Tasmanian designers. The beds are vast and comfortable, the bedrooms hung with black curtains that muffle sound and light. All the pavilions have a kitchen and, more importantly, a fridge that leaves the average minibar for dead, stocked with wine that may as well be marked ‘drink me’.

Refreshed by the work-out, we crack open a bottle (well, it is almost lunch, which we enjoy later in the form of tapas at Moorilla’s wine bar) and ponder the eclectic selection of art books, cookbooks, philosophy texts and literature arranged on the bookshelf. No trashy magazines here. I opt to watch the art videos that are programmed into the entertainment system. This merging of art and entertainment is MONA’s greatest success. Art seeps into everything, whether you notice it or not. It’s art by stealth.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in MONA Pavilions’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The amazing room with the view, wine tour, the pool, the breakfast esp the museum. There is a supermarket 10min away from Mona where you can buy food if you prefer self catering

Rating

Stayed on 18 Sep 2016

We loved

Stunning sunset view of the river, not really aware of other guests, everything close-by to pavillion (restaurant, pool, museum), amazing bedding and beds.

Don’t expect

I would've liked some provisions for the room, as there is a full kitchen, it would have been nice to have the option rather than only option being the restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Oct 2014