The hotel is a literal gallery of artwork by renowned Australian figurative artist Charles Blackman
On-site patisserie and deli serve pastries, cakes and fresh bread, baked daily
Kitchenettes in all rooms to enjoy deli offerings
What To Know
The hotel is located in a business area two miles from both the city center and St. Kilda, but it makes for an easy and quiet base with excellent tram access
No pool or spa, but bayside beaches are only a 10-minute tram ride away
Corporate clientele thins out over the weekend when leisure travelers kick in
Parking on site
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Hip hotel infused with evocative art by celebrated Aussie artist Charles Blackman
Modernist: Outside, large colorful canvases by celebrated Aussie artist Charles Blackman decorate the hotel’s black glass façade; inside the show continues with a blaze of expressive artwork on a gallery-size wall behind the reception desk. In the lobby, vibrant teapots spill tiny flowers, and rabbit-shaped lamps dot the floor — all taking their cue from Blackman’s most famous series, which was inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Two black velvet wing chairs are positioned to give you a front row seat.
Bed and Bath
There’s more of Blackman’s thought-provoking art in the luxe, self-contained studio suites. Startled life-size Alice images are etched on frosted glass doors leading to marble-tiled bathrooms stocked with quirky Evo products. Elegant champagne-tone carpets, walls, kitchen surfaces and curtains are funked up by purple cushions and acrylic glass chairs. Balconies, with black metal tables and chairs, extend the modern open-plan space.
Two dining options on the lobby level spill out to sunny alfresco areas shaded by umbrellas. Fleur Depot de Pain is a French patisserie, café and deli serving fresh-baked breads, pastries and cakes, and fine coffee, from breakfast to sunset. Classico, an Italian pizzeria, restaurant and bar, is open for all day dining, including breakfast. While the small gym and the rental bikes can help you burn off the tempting delectables, the mopeds and Smart cars available to rent are just another treat.
Art Series-The Blackman
452 St.Kilda Road
How to Get There
Flights are available to Melbourne Airport (MEL) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from MEL, about 18 miles away, are approximately $15 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Alternatively, taxis to/from MEL are approximately $79, each way.