The newest hotel in Tasmania not only showcases the state’s most forward-thinking designers, but also tells the tales of Tasmanians past and present.
A low-slung timber-and-glass pavilion, MACq 01 occupies a finger of reclaimed land (it was once a dock for whaling ships) on the Hobart waterfront. The 114 rooms are named after local “characters” such as Woretemoeteryenner (an Aboriginal girl taken from her tribe by British sealers in the early 19th century), 1970s TV exercise queen Sue Becker, and cricket legend Ricky Ponting. Plaques on guest room doors offer some explanation, with details added by the hotel’s roaming “storytellers.” Locals are also behind the decor: artist Troy Ruffles crafted dramatic bedheads; Duncan Meerding, who is legally blind, designed lamps based on his filtered impressions of light; and indigenous artists created objets that nod to the state’s early industries. The food at the dockside Old Wharf Restaurant is likewise regionally focused, with Derwent Valley lamb, Spring Bay mussels, Bruny Island oysters, and Cape Grim beef on the menu. Also on hand are Tasmanian whiskeys and gins—but that’s another story.
61-3/6210-7600; MACq 01; doubles from US$276
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: MACq 01, Tasmania”).