The Art Series Hotels are possibly the trendiest addresses in town. Art lovers beware. Amy Huang shares why you will not want to leave The Olsen, Melbourne.
Why we love it: The Olsen, one of the three hotels run by the Art Series Hotels group, is modern, stylish and comfortable.
Staying in Melbourne at The Olsen is like staying overnight in an art gallery: the décor and designs around the hotel are based on the colorful art works of Australian artist John Olsen, whose paintings feature Australian landscape in modern and contemplative ways. It is a boutique hotel with a distinctive style.
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If you prefer different styles of artworks, the Art Series Hotels also manage two other properties close by: The Cullen and The Blackman, with art works by Adam Cullen and Charles Blackman respectively.
Ambiance and style: Expect to be surrounded by art. The walls of the hotel are lined with paintings representing Australian landscapes and the bathroom wall splashed with figures of Australian wildlife, giving it a trendy feel.
Suitably to its location, it is a high class hotel with friendly down to earth service.
Where: The Olsen is located right at the cross road of Melbourne’s most popular shopping district – Chapel Street Precinct – and the Yarra River, perfect for long walks along the river or along the shops!
Cost: From AU$239 per night in a Studio Suite, room only.
Who to go with: Alone, with your significant other or with your girl friends, The Olsen is fantastic for anyone traveling together.
How long to go for: Every room is equipped with a kitchenette so you can prepare your own meals and stay for as long as you like and still feel at home. The Olsen is also a good base for a weekend shopping trip.
What the rooms are like: Rooms are well equipped with a very comfortable bed, a flat screen television, kitchenette and dining area; every room is stylishly decorated with art works of John Olsen. The Spa Studios have private spas to relax in.
Book a Deluxe Studio Suite and enjoy extra space and comfort.
Amenities and extras: A gym and indoor pool where casual yoga classes are held ($25 per class) will keep you fit while on holidays. The Norbu Day Spa uses organic products and has personalized programs tailored to your skin and body type.
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Not so hot: First timers to Melbourne may find this hotel a little further than desired from the Melbourne CBD. However it is still only a train or tram ride away and a leisurely walk along the Yarra to the CBD will only take an hour.
Address and website:
37 – 641 Chapel Street, SouthYarra,Victoria3141,Australia
Have you ever been to The Olsen in Melbourne, Australia? What was your experience like? Did you enjoy the artwork everywhere? Tell us about your visit here or to other places in Melbourne!