Last month, I had the pleasure of staying at The Olsen in Melbourne.
And by pleasure I mean that jump-on-the-bed, wrap-myself-in-robes, drink-green-smoothies, hang-out-with-the-Melbourne-fashion-set kind of pleasure! Hello Melbourne!
It was actually my first trip to Melbourne in six years – seriously, tell me how it’s been that long?! – and with a busy schedule (I was visiting for the VAMFF Melbourne Fashion Festival), a luxurious nook just off Chapel Street was just what I needed.
The Olsen is an Art Series Hotel. A remarkable group of hotels across Victoria and South Australia, each Art Series Hotel is inspired by a different contemporary Australian artist, The Olsen being named and themed in honour of John Olsen.
Other Art Series artist muses include Adam Cullen at The Cullen in Prahran, Charles Blackman at The Blackman in St. Kilda, David Larwill at The Larwill Studio in Parkville, Mark Schaller at The Schaller Studio in Bendigo, and Yannima Pirkali Tommy Watson at The Watson in Walkerville, Adelaide.
But, back in South Yarra, and with Olsen artworks greeting me in the modern-minimalist lobby, I was lured into the lifts and up into my room.
I was booked into a Studio Suite, which was compact but beautifully fitted with an open-plan kitchen / living space and an Olsen-printed glass wall dividing the bathroom area. I particularly loved the private art library and the Philippe Stark-inspired Ghost Chairs with tapestry cushions. Extra cool points. But I think my favourite thing of all must have been the über-comfortable bed (apparently the secret is the Art Series Signature bedding). Whatever it is, I need more of that in my life. I slept like a baby. And ummm, yes, the bed jumping? #best ;)
Somehow I managed to miss the day-spa and the glass-bottomed pool. Like, really. But that’s a great reason to return me thinks.
Shall I show you around now?
South Yarra, Melbourne
(03) 9039 6222
+ five-star service
+ glass-bottomed pool
+ in-room art library
+ family friendly
+ iPod docking stations
+ WiFi access
+ on-site parking (fee)
+ Spoonbill Restaurant and Bar
+ Steer Bar and Grill
+ Norbu Urban Retreat day-spa
+ Salon A hair studio
+ smart-car, bike and scooter hire
+ Bugaboo pram hire
+ conference and event facilities
+ in-house art curator
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I’d love to hear your hotel and travel recommendations in the comments below. Let’s talk TRAVEL!
I hope you’re having a great day :)
Photography: Amber Melody for The Beautiful Lens
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