The new boutique hotel is located in the historic docks of Salamanca Place
The family-owned Behrakis Group has opened the first stage of Moss, a 41-room boutique hotel in Hobart. A hidden retreat tucked above the historic docks of Salamanca Place, Moss is positioned within the original warehouses of the area that were once home to Hobart’s traders, whalers, publicans, gentlemen and convicts.
Moss 39, the first stage of the hotel, will be followed by Moss 25, the second stage, which opens in September. Guests can choose from four rooms types– Bower, Grove, Grove Balcony and Grove Bath. These rooms, spread across Moss 39 and 25, feature an added dimension of greenery brought inside through the use of vertical internal gardens.
Moss’ design, which is heavily inspired by local scenery, incorporates features that are unique to the Tasmanian natural world. Some of these features include Tasmanian Blackwood joinery found in the bedheads, cushions resembling the colours, textures, and patterns found in the natural Tasmanian landscape, and Tasmanian Sandstone side tables.
Aside from elements of the natural world, there are other aspects of Moss’s design that separate it from other hotels. Architect Ganche Chua has transformed Moss into an inner-city sanctuary influenced by Georgian sandstone warehouses – a staple of Salamanca Place’s history.
The finishing touch to every room and common space is a print by renowned Australian photographer Derek Henderson. Henderson spent a week capturing elements of Hobart and Tasmania that Moss’ guests would not normally find on a regular tourist’s journey, adding a distinctive touch to the walls of the hotel.
Peter Behrakis, Managing Director of the Behrakis Group, has been influential in transforming Salamanca Place into a thriving cultural and hospitality precinct, with Moss the latest addition to the hub. “I always knew that these old warehouse buildings would lend themselves to a great hotel conversion,” he said. “It was just a matter of waiting for the right moment, which is now.”
For those interested in exploring signature Tasmanian cuisine, Moss serves as a gateway with easy access to local produce. The Behrakis family and their Salamanca Fresh, a food store, have partnered with Tasmanian producers to offer guests fine foods and beverages in the hotel’s mini bar. Moss is also within walking distance of some of Hobart’s most acclaimed restaurants. Moss’ specially-created Host’s Bible is also available to guests, giving them tips on where to find over 100 of Moss’ favourite bars, pubs and restaurants.
Room rates at Moss 39 start at $280 per night.