Macq 01 hotel suite showing lounge with tan leather corner suite and brown ottoman in bedroom separated by fireplace
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In the Tasmanian capital of Hobart, a new hotel on the historic Macquarie Wharf explores the Australian island’s eclectic history. From the group behind Tasmania’s Saffire and Henry Jones Art hotels, Macq 01 weaves together many facets of Tasmanian heritage through a historically sensitive exterior and interior design.

Designed by local architecture firm Circa Morris Nunn, the minimally constructed timber building resembles a shipping shed, capped by a cypress- and glass-clad pitched-roof structure (a nod to the Wharf’s past as the city’s principal shipping port).

The 114 guestrooms are each named after an infamous figure from Tasmania’s past with interiors to match: for example Ikey Solomon takes its name from the English-born criminal said to be the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Fagin. Interiors are themed accordingly, modelled on traits exemplified by each historic identity – ‘Colourful and Quirky’; ‘Grounded Yet Exceptional’; ‘Fighting Believers’; ‘Curious and Creative’; and ‘Hearty and Resilient’. All are furnished by local artists and craftspeople, including timber lampshades by designer Duncan Meerding and photomedia triptychs by Tony Ruffels.

On-site tastings and cocktail classes, meanwhile, take the Tasmanian experience to another sensory level. The undeniable highlight, though, is the waterfront deck, which offers river and city views of Hunter Street’s 19th-century façades, as well as the ground-level Old Wharf Restaurant, Story Bar and Lounge.

Macq 01 hotel bathroom with oval granite bath, grey wall tiles and brown floor tiles

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Timber-clad exterior of Macq 01 hotel

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Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms