Inside the pod in the sky

Written By miftah nugraha on Jumat, 15 Februari 2013 | 19.55

TOP SIGHT: The city view from one of the bedroom windows. Picture Leigh Winburn

ROOFTOP celebrations were the inspiration for tourism entrepreneur Brett Torossi's latest venture.

The Mercury had an exclusive preview of Hobart's Avalon City Retreat, ahead of the official opening today by federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson.

The pod was built in a warehouse and lifted by crane into position on top of a seven-storey Macquarie St office block last month.

"I used to sit on this roof on a chair on New Year's Eve and that's how I learnt to love the view," Ms Torossi said.

She is in the running for Best Unique Accommodation at the Australian Tourism Awards tonight, for her property Rocky Hills Retreat in Swansea.

She worked with award-winning architect Craig Rosevear on the East Coast development and revived the partnership for her latest project.

"When we did Avalon (Retreat on the East Coast) it kind of pioneered top-end accommodation in Tasmania," Ms Torossi said.

"People said we were crazy for charging $500 a night.

"Now Tasmania has places like the Henry Jones Art Hotel, the Islington (Hotel) and Saffire, and a reputation for top-end accommodation."

The $800-a-night city retreat has almost 360 degree views. The entire front wall is floor-to-ceiling glass with a full-length veranda overlooking St David's Park and Hobart's waterfront.

It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms -- one with a custom-made Huon Pine bathtub, and a panoramic outlook of the southern end of Mt Wellington, South Hobart and Tolmans Hill from one room, with a large northern deck taking in the CBD and beyond.

There's a 10-seater table and fully stocked custom-made kitchen.

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