Art hotels can all too often be a challenge to stay in – where form usurps function, and where comfort plays Madge the bridesmaid to art’s bridezilla. So it’s a relief to find that you can revel in beautiful works and sleep like a beauty at the same time at The Olsen, the new, effortlessly chic Melbourne pied-à-terre filled with works by the revered Aussie artist Dr John Olsen, located on fashion strip Chapel St in the chi-chi inner-city suburb of South Yarra.
The 229 rooms in this 14-storey style pad are all decked out in elegant soft greys, with 42-inch flat screen TVs, handy kitchenettes, complimentary WiFi, and of course, lyrical prints by the namesake artist. Some rooms sport spiffy balconies, and if you take a Spa Suite, you’ll have a jacuzzi all to yourself too.
If not, you can still unwind in Norbu Day Spa, dump hubby at the gym while you hit the shops on Chapel, or both of you might like to go for a dip in the glass-bottomed, cantilevered pool after troughing on comfort classics resto Bluebottle, an Argentine steak at the soon-to-open Steer, or in foodie paradiso Prahran Market nearby.
To go further afield, you can hire a Kronan Classic bike, that comes complete with quaint basket for your spoils or picnic goodies, or for something a little more speedy, they also have a fleet of Smart Cars.
Art, commerce, indulgences, transport – what more could you want, but to stay longer? Well, the extended stay Residences will sort you out on that one. Keep your peepers out too for their sister hotel The Blackman, due to open later this year on nearby St. Kilda Rd, filled with dreamy works of another spectac Aussie artist, Charles Blackman.
Let’s get the p-art-y started.
637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra. T: +61 3 9040 1222. W: artserieshotels.com.auTweet Follow @LUXEguides