MACq 01

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The new­est ho­tel in Tas­ma­nia not only show­cases the state’s most for­ward-think­ing de­sign­ers, but also tells the tales of Tas­ma­ni­ans past and present. A low-slung tim­berand-glass pav­il­ion, MACq 01 oc­cu­pies a fin­ger of re­claimed land (it was once a dock for whal­ing ships) on the Ho­bart wa­ter­front. The 114 rooms are named after lo­cal “char­ac­ters” such as Worete­moeteryen­ner (an Abo­rig­i­nal girl taken from her tribe by Bri­tish seal­ers in the early 19th cen­tury), 1970s TV ex­er­cise queen Sue Becker, and cricket leg­end Ricky Ponting. Plaques on guest room doors of­fer some ex­pla­na­tion, with de­tails added by the ho­tel’s roam­ing “sto­ry­tellers.” Lo­cals are also be­hind the decor: artist Troy Ruf­fles crafted dra­matic bed­heads; Dun­can Meerd­ing, who is legally blind, de­signed lamps based on his fil­tered im­pres­sions of light; and indige­nous artists cre­ated

ob­jets that nod to the state’s early in­dus­tries. The food at the dock­side Old Wharf Res­tau­rant is like­wise re­gion­ally fo­cused, with Der­went Val­ley lamb, Spring Bay mus­sels, Bruny Is­land oys­ters, and Cape Grim beef on the menu. Also on hand are Tas­ma­nian whiskeys and gins—but that’s another story. —61-3/6210-7600; macq01; dou­bles from US$276

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