ART SERIES HOTELS
Everything you need to know about the Art Series Hotels in Australia. By the team at Australian Traveller magazine.
Launched in 2009 the Art Series of Hotels are the latest boutique accommodation in Melbourne.
The philosophy of these hotels is to get a famous Australian artist to work closely in the development of the hotel. Each of the hotels carry the Artists name and becomes an exclusive domain of their artwork. In essence these hotels become galleries of the artists work.
All are located in and around trendy South Yarr’s Chapel Street in Melbourne. It makes for some great shopping and a central location between the CBD and bustling St Kilda.
These hotels have won a lot of awards since their launch, and for many people they are a very good thing. At Australian Traveller we can recommend them for a weekend in Melbourne. An indulgence and an experience. Not the greatest value, they are still a decent accommodation option in Melbourne.
We have stayed here and enjoyed the experience. At this stage the rate for the hotel has settled into the high $200’s per room night. But the hotel is fashionable, and a place to be seen if you are a footballer who has just busted up with your partner and need to stay somewhere where you can keep a low profile and be seen at the same time.
The rooms are a good size, and if you can pick up a room here in the low $200’s you will have a good deal. This hotel will be a love it or hate it experience for everyone who visits. Here is our full review:
The Olsen opened in 2010 and acts as a dedicated gallery to the work of John Olsen. Unlike the Cullen, which is a cubist bahaus sort of building the Olsen Hotel feels like you are staying in a converted office tower. Whether or not this is the case we are not sure, but the building has that feel.
The rooms at the Olsen are once again, a very reasonable size, but you need to be careful about which room you stay in. We had the disconcerting experience of finding that in our room the mirror along one wall means that you look directly out of your bed and into the window of another guest staying on the same level in the opposite wing. Check this when you get your room and make sure you are placed towards the end of the wings to avoid this problem. Prices for the Olsen are good, and by hunting around you should be able to get a room in the very low $200’s.
Art Series Hotels have announced plans for a new hotel across from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, for families of patients. Named after the late Australian artist David Larwill, the Larwill Hotel will encompass 100 guest rooms, restaurant, access to a gym and child-care. Expected to open in December 2014, it’s part of a major project to develop the hospital’s facilities. artserieshotels.com.au
Melbourne’s latest boutique city weekender hotel, the Cullen, adds an arty twist to an already art-rich urban landscape. AT’s Nigel Herbert checked in – twice – to see if it can hold its own in Australia’s coolest city. Just before Christmas, the intriguing 115-room Cullen hotel in Melbourne held its official launch. After being invited, I got to thinking about Christmas treats in general – and one Christmas gift in particular. It’s the first in a new “Art Series” of hotels, with each one themed around the works of a particular artist – in this case Adam Cullen, winner...
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