Spend the night in the latest, greatest and most fabulous new stays in the country.

1. MONA’s mega hotel

Grand plans are afoot in the Mona camp, with founder David Walsh unveiling his intentions for the Hobart museum’s next phase. Early designs have been released for a $300 million, 172-room, five-star hotel to be built next to the museum. The hotel – which looks set to be an outlandish new Tasmanian landmark overhanging the River Derwent – will include a spa treatment centre, public library, outside stage, restaurant and bar, auditorium and retail spaces.

2. In the box seat

The Chen, Art Series Hotel Group’s eighth offering, will form part of Whitehorse Towers in the up-and-coming Melbourne neighbourhood of Box Hill. Featuring the works of Chinese Australian artist Zhong Chen, whose vibrant art perfectly reflects the ethnic diversity of the area, the hotel will boast 100 rooms and a rooftop pool. Due to open in November.

3. A storied history 

The lofty MACq 01, situated at the water’s edge of the Derwent River on a dock in Hobart’s old wharf area, taps into the desire of visitors to go beyond typical short-break pursuits and be immersed in the storied history of the island state. The property has fashioned itself as the country’s first ‘storytelling hotel’, where the generous, colour-infused rooms, considered culinary offering and funky public spaces share equal billing with the resident Master Storyteller and his staff of full-time storytellers, who weave an evocative picture of the characters and events that shaped the city.

4. Right to the point

A row of graceful Victorian townhouses dating from 1880 has been transformed into the latest boutique offering from Spicers Retreats. Spicers Potts Point’s 20 rooms are the perfect contrast to the intricate details of the building, with a modern, pared-back aesthetic.


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