Rod Black announced as General Manager of new boutique Hobart hotel ‘Moss’
Set in the historic docks of Salamanca Place in Georgian sandstone warehouses, is the soon-to-open Moss, a 41-room boutique hotel designed by renowned Tasmanian architects CIRCA Robert Morris Nunn. The hotel is the newest business venture for the family-owned Behrakis Group, who are delighted to announce Rod Black as General Manager.
Rod is revered as a highly experienced hotelier having worked at various hotels and resorts across Australia in a career spanning over twenty years, including General Manager at Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef, interim General Manager at Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair, Hotel Manager at Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley, and most recently as General Manager at The Henry Jones Art Hotel for the last seven years, during which time the hotel won multiple awards.
Priding himself on delivering results whilst being totally guest-centric, ensuring that the service guests receive at Moss is seamless and intuitive, Rod is looking forward to welcoming guests to the hotel upon opening in May.
“To have had the opportunity to work on Moss from the design phase through to opening has been a great experience. Our vision for Moss is to create a sanctuary that is hidden in the heart of Salamanca place, and I think we’ve really achieved that,” said Rod.
Wanting guests to be immersed in all Moss, Hobart and Tasmania have to offer, Rod plans to use his local knowledge to ensure guests experience the best of Hobart and Tasmania, and said, “Having spent the last 15 years in Tasmania, I’m very proud that the hotel collaborated with many local artisans to showcase their work throughout Moss, from the Tasmanian hand-crafted furniture and soft furnishings to Tasmanian suppliers in the mini-bar, and really bringing our guests into direct contact with the suppliers and makers of Tasmania that are right on our doorstep.”
Peter Behrakis, Managing Director of The Behrakis Group, said of Moss, “We have owned properties in the heart of Salamanca for many years. 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.”
Situated in the heart of Salamanca Place, stage one of Moss consists of 20 rooms in Moss 39 (39 Salamanca Place), which opens in May, and a further 21 rooms in Moss 25 (25 Salamanca Place), which opens in September. Moss 39 offers a range of room categories including the Bower, Grove, Grove Balcony and Grove Bath.
These rooms, spread across the first and second floors and attic spaces of Moss 39 and 25 will feature the added dimension of Tasmanian greenery, with Rod explaining, “We will be bringing in the greenery of the Tasmanian wilderness into the rooms of Moss through the use of internal gardens on an impressive scale. The rooms also highlight the raw timber beams and sandstone block walls within the heritage warehouses.”