MOSS HOTEL - HOBART, TASMANIA
MOSS Hotel is for style seekers, design lovers and those who appreciate history and culture woven into every element.
Created within mid-19th century warehouses originally meant for traders, stores and taverns, architects Circa Morris Nunn have constructed entirely unique spaces within MOSS Hotel whilst retaining the beauty and form of some of the original timberwork and Georgian facades.
Native greenery is the undying theme at MOSS Hotel. A sliver of the Tasmanian wilderness has been brought inside with walls of ferns adorning hallways, rainforest green Italian tiles in the bathrooms and dark moss twill chairs by the bedroom’s arched windows.
The attention to detail is unmissable with the hotel paying homage to Tasmanian history and culture, through the artwork featured in the hotel, the furniture selected for the rooms and the gastronomic delights awaiting in the minibar. Every design aspect is deliberate and immaculate, tailored to ensure that your stay is a truly sensory experience without sacrificing comfort.
Hidden in the heart of Hobart, Moss Hotel is spread across two unique buildings – MOSS 25 and MOSS 39 – both ideally tucked above vibrant Salamanca Place.
The prime location provides guests with the perfect opportunity to explore Hobart and its surrounds. Salamanca Place is literally at your doorstep with Salamanca Arts Centre around the corner, access to MONA RONA ferry across the street, the stunning colonial architecture of Battery Point up the hill and the city centre a few blocks away.
A drive up to the top of Mt Wellington is a popular choice if you have access to a vehicle. Unfortunately, there are no public transport options to take you to the summit so we missed out on these expansive city views during our visit.
If you are checking in on a Saturday, remember that the Salamanca Markets take place weekly along Salamanca Place. The entire road is closed off to vehicles and pedestrian access is restricted. The receptions for both MOSS 25 and MOSS 39 remain accessible whilst the market is happening – be sure to follow the hotel’s instructions accordingly.
Do be aware that should you choose or be placed in a room directly overlooking Salamanca Place, the noise from the bars and pubs below do drift up on Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel does provide ear plugs for guests, however, if silence is your preference for attaining your beauty sleep, we would recommend requesting an alternative room.
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THE ROOM & AMENITIES
We stayed at MOSS Hotel for two nights; the first night in Grove Room 25 and the second night in Grove Bath 39.
Grove Room 25 features high wooden beamed ceiling, heritage sandstone and original warehouse windows overlooking Salamanca Place. If you’re drawn to natural light, sink into one of the dark green chairs by the window in the morning and snack on a complimentary crisp, red apple.
The plush king bed is sidelined by a Bose Bluetooth sound system, bedside touch lighting and adorned with expertly selected green cushions and grey St Albans mohair throw. A 49” HDTV and free wifi round out the home comforts.
The bathroom is decked out in rainforest green handmade Italian tiles, a rain shower and Grown Alchemist luxury amenities. Be sure to grab one of the luxurious cotton robes and turn on the heated floor feature which will be most welcome in the colder months.
A taste of Tasmania awaits you in the well-stocked minibar featuring red wines, Moo Brew pale ales, Taylor Smith x Dier Makr mixed cocktails and artisanal snacks.
Grove Bath 39 features much of the same without the Georgian facades but it includes a deep soak bath accompanied by bath salts, both which were warmly welcomed after a day traipsing the city’s alleyways and streets.
Again, if street noise is likely to hinder your sleep, either the Pod Room or Loft Room may be better suited to you. These rooms are smaller and may seem darker with limited natural lighting but still feature the impeccable design elements and aesthetic of MOSS Hotel.
Unlike other hotels and accommodation options, MOSS Hotel does not have its own hotel bar, gym or laundry facilities. For ourselves, this was not a problem as there are numerous eateries and bars at the hotel’s doorstep (see MOSS Hotel’s recommendations) and Hobart was the final stop on our holiday (i.e. no need for gym or laundry).
Given the central location of MOSS Hotel and the fact that we ended our two week Tasmanian trip in Hobart, we made a conscious decision to return our rental vehicle on the morning of our check-in at MOSS Hotel and walk around the city. Should you have your own vehicle, the MOSS team can arrange secure parking at a charge of $20 per day. Be conscious that if you book your stay through a third-party, this option may not be available so it is best to contact the hotel directly to pre-arrange parking ahead of your arrival.
During our two weeks in Tasmania, we were always greeted warmly by locals and business owners and the MOSS team were no exception.
We were greeted warmly at reception at MOSS 39 and even though we were a tad early, our room was fortunately ready. Arriving on a Thursday made it simple to wheel our suitcases across to MOSS 25 for check-in.
A team member walked us through the main features of the room, including the comprehensive lighting. We had no further need for additional amenities during our stay and were able to easily switch our room keys with reception between our two night stay. Check out was also a smooth process.
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*This stay was a collaboration with MOSS Hotel. All photos, words and opinions are our own.