A wonderfully idiosyncratic addition to Hobart’s offbeat hotel scene

Vertical internal moss gardens and sandstone block walls make Moss one of Tasmania’s most interesting new hotels

The rooms at Moss in Hobart, Tasmania, reflect the building’s history as a Georgian sandstone warehouse
The rooms at Moss in Hobart, Tasmania, reflect the building’s history as a Georgian sandstone warehouse

Hobart – it’s Tasmania’s capital and one of Australia’s unlikely epicentres of cool, from its disproportionate number of excellent restaurants to Mona, its weirdly wonderful museum of old and new art. Add to this genuinely original hotels, the latest of which is Moss (mosshotel.com.au; opening rates from A$280, about £155).

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Set across two Georgian sandstone warehouses in the Salamanca Place docklands, some of Moss’s 41 rooms boast vertical internal gardens of, yes, moss – odd but beautiful, contrasting vividly with raw-timber beams and rough sandstone-block walls (the work of Circa Morris-Nunn, Hobart’s leading conservation architecture firm). Almost everything in the place – from the Tasmanian blackwood joinery to the Süd Polaire gin distilled a few miles away – is local, including the large-format images hung around the property, by photographer Derek Henderson who was commissioned to catalogue the island’s landscapes and faces.

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