MONA Pavilions

MONA Pavilions

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Maverick, multi-tasking MONA Pavilions mixes a serene riverside setting with ultra-contemporary pavilions, original art, a winery, microbrewery, lip-smacking restaurant and alternative festivals – and comes up trumps. With an ambitious private museum also on site, this is one for culture vultures, gourmets, gadget heads and style fiends.

Highlights:

  • Ultra-contemporary riverside pavilions starring original Australian art

  • Gourmet restaurant, vineyard and microbrewery

  • State-of-the-art private museum MONA on site, with its own café and bar

Smith extra

A private Cellar Door tasting and a bottle of Muse Series wine

In the know

Also need to know:

The adjacent MONA gallery, and its café and bars, are closed on Tuesdays, but pavilion guests can enjoy an exclusive museum tour at 3.45pm. The Source restaurant will still be open to guests for breakfast and alternative dinner arrangements can be made.MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia's largest private museum and the brainchild of MONA Pavilions' owner David Walsh. Carved into the cliffside alongside the accommodation, this sexily lit temple showcases a 'subversive Disneyland' of modern art and rare global antiquities worth over AU$100 million, including works by Brit artists Damien Hirst and Chris Ofili, US sloganeer Jenny Holzer and Australian icon Sidney Nolan. You can even stream highlights of the collection into your room via your TV screen for a more personal viewing.

Packing tips:

Swimsuit, gym and yoga kit if you're the sporty type. Forget bag-clogging books, though – each pavilion comes with a stack of art and architecture tomes, novels and mags, all personally recommended by MONA staff.

Dress code:

Go minimal and modern to match the mood; stylish sartorial statements for admiring the art, architecture and gourmet offerings, plus lower key threads for lounging in your private pavilion.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

As an acronym, MONA has the ring of a suburban hausfrau about it. The reality is distinctly more glamorous. MONA – Hobart’s showcase Museum of Old and New Art, the elegantly appointed Source restaurant, and individual pavilions, named after Australian artists and architects, for overnight guests – is entertainment, education and relaxation in one potent package. Wrapped in its signature colours of black and pink, it is irreverent, very stylish, and a little dangerous.

Sprawling on a giant, gold beanbag with Mr Smith on the balcony of the Robin pavilion (a homage to the architect Robin Boyd),

Accommodation details

Address:

655 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania 7011, Australia
Hobart
Australia

Location:

5.9 mi / 9.6 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Pool
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • On-Site parking
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

On the first floor of MONA's sharp-suited, ultra-contemporary reception building the Ether, you'll find destination restaurant the Source, a cool confection of minimal white tables and crisp glass walls which make the most of killer rustic views. Charming manager Joseph Burton will guide you through chef Philippe Leban's delicious French-influenced Mod Oz dishes, which embrace the mantra 'think globally, but act locally' with great oysters, scallops, lobster and trevalla on offer, as well as delicious desserts, and own-label wine and beer produced on the premises.

Top table:

Request a table by the window overlooking the river – or venture out onto the terrace in warm weather to soak up fresh air, sunshine and aquatic horizons.

Last orders:

The Source is open for breakfast daily, for lunch Wednesday–Monday, and for dinner Wednesday through to Saturday, from 6.30pm to 9pm. Bartenders mirror the same hours.

Room service:

A la carte room service is available from 6pm to 8pm; the selection changes daily. Continental breakfast can be ordered to your room between 7.30am and 10.30am.

Hotel bar:

The glass-walled, airy Source restaurant also boasts a sleek bar, but it only stays open late on Friday and Saturday evenings. You won't go thirsty, though, as free tastings of Moorilla vineyard's cool-climate Huon and Tamar Valley wines are yours for the sipping from 10am-5pm daily, adjacent to Source at the stylish Cellar Door bar. Marvel at the vibrant John Olsen artwork on the ceiling, while you savour world-class wines or limited-release Moo Brew beers from the bespoke microbrewery also housed here. Brewery Nights take place Fridays from 5pm, for quaffing the cool stuff on the terrace, or pop to the MONA museum Wine Bar out near the lawn for tempting drops and cheese platters.

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