‘Coastal cool’: Mollymock motel to reopen next month after major refurb

A former beachside motel on the south coast of NSW is set to reopen as Motel Molly on December 1, following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment.

The 16-room boutique property is designed as a “soulful coastal retreat,” taking inspiration from the pastels of Mediterranean towns across the Amalfi, Portofino, and Cinque Terre, with Moroccan touches.

Sydney-based Knox Developments team and interior design and architecture firm, Richards Stanisich worked collaboratively on the project with the aim of delivering a charming, laidback space for families, couples, and solo travellers.

“Restoring the Motel was a fine balancing act,” said Richards Stanisich Director, Kirsten Stanisich.

“A place of nostalgia and endless warmth, the motel’s next chapter celebrates the beauty of an Australian coastal setting while creating a new and exciting destination for locals and visitors alike.

“This involved designing a distinct palette that speaks to its local context in a contemporary manner; soft, natural textures and muted, creamy tones elevated with intricate details and striking patterns. The hotel features a curated selection of custom furniture, handmade tiles by Jatana Interiors in Byron Bay and captivating artwork by local Australian artists.”

The accommodation offering includes a mix of one-, two-, and three -bedroom apartments, and several king suites, all kitted out by appliances from Smeg’s 50s retro Aesthetics Line.

Guestrooms include scented candles, room sprays, handmade Moroccan ceramics and textiles, and a mini bar stocked with local wine from Cupitt’s Estate, Stone & Wood Beer, cocktails, and more.

“We are excited to unveil our vision for Motel Molly, a sophisticated, yet welcoming retreat offering hotel-style living which celebrates its iconic location,” said Knox Developments, Co-Director, Josh Crealy.

“We believe we’ve struck the perfect balance between the barefoot breeziness of motels of the past and the subtle luxury of boutique hotels.”

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