Lichen your style: the hotel with gardens in its guest rooms

Former Georgian warehouses have been transformed into a bespoke hotel featuring internal garden walls designed to bring the Tasmanian wilderness into the heart of Hobart.

Set in the historic docks of Salamanca Place, the new 41-room Moss boutique hotel is the latest business venture for the Behrakis Group.

The first of a two-part-project for the site, Moss allows guests to choose from four rooms types, Bower, Grove, Grove Balcony and Grove Bath, each featuring internal plants and mosses, raw timber beams, sandstone block walls and moss green, hand-painted, floor-to-ceiling Italian bathroom tiles.

Ganche Chua of Tasmanian architects Circa Morris Nunn was commissioned to re-imagine the interior of Moss’ historic buildings to create a natural sanctuary . The  firm is known for its work on the conservation and adaptation of historic buildings, Ganche Chua has transformed Moss into an inner-city sanctuary within the architectural concept of the warehouses.

The nature-inspired concept involves a palette of forest greens paired with Tasmanian timbers. Works of local artisans featuring Tasmanian materials are used throughout the hotel, from the blackwood joinery on bedheads to oak coffee tables and sandstone side tables. Each room and common space features a print by photographer Derek Henderson capturing elements of Hobart and Tasmania.

Peter Behrakis, managing director of The Behrakis Group, said: “I always knew that these old warehouse buildings would lend themselves to a great hotel conversion – it was just a matter of waiting for the right moment – which is now.”

The Behrakis family have traded in the area for nearly 40 years with their food store Salamanca Fresh, and have partnered with Tasmanian producers to offer guests hand-picked foods and drinks in the hotel’s mini bar.

Developed in two stages, Moss 39 opens this week and Moss 25 will launch in September.

Ramada debut

Work will begin in October on a $90 million Ramada hotel for Adelaide.

The 205-room hotel will be built at Playford Boulevard in Elizabeth city centre, one of South Australia’s fastest-growing areas with the population expected to rise from 96,000 to 135,000 by 2036.

The hotel, the first Ramada in South Australia, will operate under the franchise brand through an agreement between Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Playford City Hotel.

Facilities will include a swimming pool, gym, restaurant and sports bar, along with meeting and conference spaces.

“Playford is emerging as the gateway city to the northern regional areas of South Australia and the hotel will play a significant role in city’s ongoing expansion,” Wyndham Hotels managing director Joon Aun Ooi told The Urban Developer.

“We are proud to have a hotel of this calibre as the first Ramada by Wyndham hotel for South Australia, reflecting the standards of excellence the brand is renowned for worldwide.”

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