Art Series-The Blackman
What We Love
- 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
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.
How to Get There
Stayed at the Blackman in a deluxe studio balcony suite for 3 nights. It was a prepaid deal and included parking, wifi and breakfast....value for money. Reception staff were friendly and helpful. A couple of minor glitches with staff not familiar with the package deal on check in but this was quickly rectified. Beds are very comfortable and even though the Blackman is on busy St Kilda Road, inside was quiet. Tram stops are within walking distance and this makes it easy to get around town. Would stay again and recommend to friends.
First time in Melbourne from Perth and we truly enjoyed our stay, from the early check-in, room upgrade, amazing decor and atmosphere, to the fantastic travel tips and suggestions - not forgetting the cool zippy smart car. My wife really enjoyed the surprise birthday getaway which was made extra special by the wonderful staff. Will definitely stay here the next time we visit Melbourne.
We very much enjoyed staying at this hotel. We booked it because it looked interesting and had good reviews, but we were a little concerned about its location which was not in the CBD (Central Business District). We were most pleased that it was a very simple tram ride to the CBD (and other places) and loved the location of the hotel which was in a quiet and pretty neighborhood which offered loads of options for breakfast.
The rooms are very large and the service at the front desk was great.
A well positioned property in St Kilda road to accommodate both business and relaxation. Very near the tram stop 75 metres, 10 minutes to the CBD or business properties in St Kilda road area. Under cover car parking easy with room swipe card to exit and enter.
Staff at reception were welcoming and made the book in easy along with a glass of bubbly and an upgrade. The WOW factor. Room was very clean with views to Albert Park lake and the bay. The Executive suite had a spa bath with shower over bath, kitchen had larger fridge freezer with microwave. Lounge large couch and chair with separate table and chair. The lounge lead into the separate bedroom. Both lounge and bedroom had balconies.
The bath towels were fluffy and large making an even greater impression for our stay. Great place for a longer stay that is quiet and comfortable.
There is a breakfast dining area which is a smaller café style and (we found) somewhat limited in menu. Of course this is individual taste.
The staff however were just excellent and check out was prompt with the same smile and satisfaction as our check in. 9/10
This hotel does not deserve it’s 5 stars, and I would strongly suggest you visit another hotel if you are planning a trip to Melbourne.
If not, you will be at risk to experience unauthorized charges to your card that the hotel “Does not know about” and have to use the time to “Figure out” before they “Refund it with a 7-day timeframe”
How did this happen?
After staying a week at the Blackman, I had the unfortunate experience of being charged an extra $1200 odd my card.
My stay was prepaid months in advance, but somehow the hotel still double charged me - and did not inform me about this.
I, therefore, found out some days later, when other bookings were being charged and failed to do so by this unauthorized transaction done by The Blackman Hotel.
The Hotel had no idea they double charged me, and had to use the time to investigate this as their payment systems seem to be as illegal and unauthorized as their way of treating hotel clients.
With just two weeks in Australia, The Blackman used over 1 week to transfer back what was taken from my account, and therefore ruining my trip.
Their compensation, knowing I came traveling over 20 hours to visit - was an “upgrade at your next visit”
Obviously, I won't be visiting Australia very shortly, and especially not The Blackman Hotel.
What worries me here, is that this so claims “5-star” hotel has limited to managers or customer service.
After many emails requesting a manager or CEO to reply, I had to call to get an actual reply from a front desk manager ( Not an actual manager at the hotel, whereas no information is given at any websites for the entire Art Series in Australia )
As a hotel, serving travelers globally of a certain clientele - I would expect a bit more service when the hotel in their own written words - does an unauthorized charge of this amount and makes havocs the travels to clients because of their faulty systems and customer service.
I am shocked but the lack of commitment to be responsible for their mistakes, and the lack of management shown at this establishment.
Shocked and appealed by this.
If you stay here, make sure to ALWAYS CHECK YOUR BANK STATEMENT AFTERWARDS - as the hotel won't know if they double charge you.
Brett, the hotel manager - could not give any compensation to me as a guest but promised me a ‘Full investigation towards their own routines and services, email dated Monday, February 11th”
The lack of leadership and responsibility for the establishment of Blackman is legendary - Absolutely no commitment to resolve this, just promising an internal investigation that does not help me at all! The Blackman needs new management, desperately!