Hobart, Australia

Moss Hotel

Price per night from$124.51

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD172.73), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Courtesy of convicts

Setting

Sociable Salamanca Place

Inspired by nature, Moss Hotel puts a fresh new spin on Hobart hospitality, sprawling across a duo of handsome heritage warehouses built by 19th-century convicts. To preserve the buildings’ historic and architectural dignity, the hotel worked with a top-notch firm, cherishing the hefty original timber, characterful ceiling beams and stately sandstone walls. Modern va-va-voom comes courtesy of moss-green Italian tiling, a lush living wall, handmade furniture, bespoke textiles riffing on Tassie landscapes, and hand-cut stone, sourced from all across the globe. Independent types will love it, since there’s no restaurant, bar or formal service; instead, Hobart beckons…

Smith Extra

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Guaranteed late check-out (noon) and a bottle of Tasmanian sparkling wine on arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

41, split across two separate buildings.

Check–Out

12pm for Smith guests (usually 10am). Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Prices

Double rooms from £104.27 (AU$190), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast.

Also

History fans will love the hotel’s two heritage warehouses, which date back to 1835 and 1841. The owners enlisted acclaimed Circa Morris Nun architects, famed for their work in preserving historic buildings, to help with the conversion.

At the hotel

Living wall, snug lounge and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, Huon Valley applesv, minibar with local snacks, air-conditioning, tea and coffee kit, Grown Alchemist bath products and a pillow menu.

Our favourite rooms

For sleeping in kingly splendour, opt for one of the light-filled Grove Rooms, which have a king-size bed, artful exposed brick, eye-pleasing sandstone and characterful ceiling beams. If you want to throw a balcony into the mix, opt for a Grove Balcony; some of these rooms have an inviting bath tub, too.

Packing tips

Bring a windproof jacket for those island breezes, plus your appetite: Hobart’s dining scene is rightly lauded.

Also

Reception is manned until 10pm daily. Rooms are split across two different buildings, separated by a city block. The Moss 39 building has rooms adapted for wheelchair users.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome. The hotel can provide cots, baby bedlinen, black-out blinds and a selection of DVDs.

Food and Drink

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Dress Code

Anything goes here, but bonus points for nature-inspired colours and accents to match Moss.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant – but fear not, Hobart has plenty.

Location

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Address
Moss Hotel
39 Salamanca Pl
Hobart
7000
Australia

You’ll find Moss Hotel right next to one of Hobart’s highlights: sociable Salamanca Market, on Salamanca Place.

Planes

Hobart International Airport is 25 minutes away by car. Its name is somewhat misleading, since no international flights come here, but you can catch a flight from Australia, since most major Australian mainland cities have regular flights to Tasmania. Try Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand. Hotel transfers from the airport are $75; a taxi from the airport to the hotel should cost around $40.

Automobiles

Hotel parking costs $20 a night – but Moss advises its guests to come without wheels. The hotel is right in the heart of Salamanca, Hobart’s cultural centre, with plenty of restaurants, bars, entertainment, galleries and the waterfront within walking distance.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you’ve opted for a balcony-toting room, sit out and watch the world go by on sociable Salamanca Square; if you’ve opted for a tub-toting room, run a bath and treat yourself to the Treatment Set by Addition Studio in your minibar. The Australian native clay mask, body scrub and bath soak make for blissful soaping and sudsing. Back on dry land, wander around the hotel admiring the specially commissioned photography by Derek Henderson, who spent a week in Tasmania capturing uniquely Tassie things that most visitors don’t get to see.

Don’t miss lively Salamanca Market, which takes over the picturesque waterfront on Saturdays. This award-winning shindig runs from 8.30am until 3pm, starring more than 300 stalls selling arts, crafts, jewellery, fresh food and produce, collectables and homewares. Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia’s second-oldest museum, established in 1846 by the Royal Society of Tasmania. Thanks to a recent 30-million-dollar revamp, the museum has added sparkle, including more than 2,000 square metres of new public and exhibition spaces, a visitor hub and a new Courtyard Café. It’s practically illegal to come to Hobart and not visit MONA, the island’s dazzling and provocative Museum of New and Old Art, which houses David Walsh’s $110m private collection of art and antiquities, and hosts a busy exhibitions programme. MONA’s lures include the Moorilla winery, Source Restaurant, bars, a café, Smith-approved accommodation pavilions and more (including Moo Brew, an off-site brewery). Whisky-lovers can raise a glass at Sullivans Cove Distillery, which proudly handmakes its high-end single malt using traditional methods and 100-per-cent-Tassie ingredientsIn warm weather, go for a refreshing dip at sandy Long Beach; on cooler days, stick to strolling (but take your camera).

Local restaurants

Enjoy breakfast or lunch amid the locals at popular Dandy Lane, which wards off hunger in style with treats such as caramel-apple French toast, bacon and eggs Benny and corned-beef toasties. Housed in a handsome historic warehouse, family-run Maldini dishes up trattoria-style Italian cuisine starring Tasmanian produce; the stellar wine list also deserves a high-five. Malik on Elizabeth Street serves Med flavours in a modern Tassie setting; indecisive diners will appreciate the four-plate tasting menu with matching winesFashionable Franklin has an impressive setting – an old Ford showroom within Hobart’s historic Mercury Newspaper Building – and a forward-thinking philosophy. Modern Tasmanian cuisine is served up in this industrial-style space, whose not-so-secret weapon is a 10-tonne, wood-fired Scotch oven.
 

Local bars

Championing cold-climate wines and spirits, Institut Polaire on Murray Street is styled with modern minimalist flair, all ice-white walls, snowy marble and dove-grey leather. This is the home of Süd Polaire gin and Domaine Simha wine, so stick around for a tasting experience. Cocktail lovers will enjoy a tipple or two at Asia-inspired Suzie Luck’s Canteen & Cocktail Bar, which serves punchy drinks and flavoursome snacks in a cool, colour-pop space on Salamanca Square.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Australian hotel in Tasmania and unpacked their MONA prints and artisan whisky, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Moss Hotel in Hobart…

Nineteenth-century convicts were useful types, by all accounts. A gang of them obligingly fashioned Moss Hotel’s handsome warehouses from honey-hued sandstone, literally paving the way for future guests. Despite its historic façade, Moss is a modern type at heart. Rooms are split across two different buildings, separated by a city block, with a minimum of fuss and frills: instead of a restaurant, bar and a whole flock of staff, there’s a relaxed lobby-lounge area and just one of two helpful types flitting around. Don’t fret: there’s more than enough to make you feel at home, from minibars stocked with local snacks (and fragrant bath treats) to eye-pleasing design details galore, including an impressive living wall. As its name suggests, Moss Hotel is inspired by nature, and specifically by Tassie’s tantalising landscapes; take this as your cue to step outside and admire them…

 

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