MONA brings accommodation boom to Hobart

In Australian Cultural Exports, Australian Domestic Tourism, Government, National Headlines, Tasmania

TTN: News Ltd.’ Hobart Mercury is unlear below if the new budget accommodation is to start at $80 or $100 – both prices are mentioned below. Enquiring to council how they will ensure budget accommodations are in place, since most comparable accommodations are $600+ per night.

From themercury.com.au, 13th December 2013

Art spurs vision for MONA’s budget hotel proposal and new high-end Arthouse Salamanca

HOBART’S tourist accommodation ranks will be boosted by two new ventures with art as their central theme.

Operators of the Museum of Old and New Art are set to construct a $25 million, 90-room hotel with budget accommodation from $80 a night.

At the other end of the scale, the Arthouse Salamanca, launched last night, has accommodation starting at $600 a night in a high-end heritage cottage with a modern feel.

A development application has been submitted to the Glenorchy City Council for a new hotel and conference facilities at MONA.

The Mercury understands MONA is considering two contrasting designs for the new accommodation.

One is a low-rise building, wrapping around the waterfront at Berriedale with a tunnel connecting to the main museum. The other design is thought to be a high-rise hotel similar in height to the Wrest Point Casino tower. The towers would stand as bookends flanking Hobart.

The accommodation now on site at MONA, The Pavilions, costs about $1000 a night.

The new accommodation is expected to feature a variety of options with a range of price points starting under the $100 mark.

The Arthouse Salamanca, officially opened last night by Hobart Baroque artistic director Leo Schofield, is the second venture for Genevieve de Couvreur and Stephen Tredinnick, after the Arthouse Bay of Fires opened in 2011.

Situated in a heritage-listed convict cottage built by the Marine Board of Tasmania in the 1880s as quarters for the boat crews, the accommodation features original artworks, architectural design, and bespoke furniture.

Ms de Couvreur said the accommodation was aimed at the high-end interstate or overseas visitor.

“The comment that I get is that it will attract a certain type of discerning traveller who wants something unique and personal, not like a generic hotel room,” she said.

“We want people to feel at home and feel special. The artwork is from my collection and some of my own work. My husband has made a lot of the furniture.

“MONA has brought about a huge change in tourism and that’s the market that I’m targeting.”

Ms de Couvreur said Arthouse guests were encouraged to write, draw, paint, explore or simply relax.

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