Photo courtesy of MONA Pavilions
This selection of eight individually styled luxury pavilions is owned and operated by Hobart’s groundbreaking Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), and each of the eight stand-alone units is named in honor of a celebrated Australian artist or architect. Some also feature works from their namesake creators—for example, a 1946 depiction of the crucifixion of Christ by the late Arthur Boyd hangs on the walls of the Arthur pavilion, while the Charles unit features a 1951 piece by Charles Blackman entitled Cat on the Roof. While decor varies greatly from pavilion to pavilion, they generally have a modern vibe, with geometrically unusual approaches to interior architecture (think asymmetrical sloped windows and walls) and streamlined contemporary furniture. While the pavilions feel very much like little houses (albeit with minibars stocked with wine from the on-site Moorilla Estate), they also offer up plenty of the comforts of a traditional hotel, including room service from MONA's Source Restaurant and a fitness center with a lovely infinity pool. Perhaps the biggest perk, at least for art lovers, is the chance to go on a private tour of the museum, held for guests every Tuesday afternoon (when the museum is closed) and concluding with a winetasting at the complex's wine bar, the Cellar Door.
By Margot Bigg, AFAR Contributor
Hobart TAS 7000, Australia