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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
How all hotels should be. It was Faultless - Amazing Customer Service, wonderful clean rooms. Friendly staff, great location. Large rooms with great views. Beds were comfy the only thing that could be improved were the pillows, they were way too soft and understuffed. I didn't think about asking for a different type though until I had checked out..
Most critically for the frequent traveller, the AH Beard Bed and the quietness of the room provides for a (very) good night's sleep. The rooms are modern, clean and are decked out in Melburnian art. Service and food is excellent both for those who just want to use the hotel as accomodation as well as for those who use the function rooms.
My experience in facilitating workshops is that the rooms have good lighting, IT support is there and there is one conference organiser to support. I always recommend this venue for my Melbourne (and Australia) based clients.
Again, The Blackman makes you realise the value of a restful night's sleep. Great beds.
The Blackman just isn’t what it used to be under the old hotel group mgt. age is showing and the quality of staff has declined. The hotel views are about the only thing worth staying here for. I think next trip I might give the Royce or QT a go.
Loved the Blackman. Gorgeous place, rooms are lovely perfect, staff are non-pretentious even though it's beautiful and we got upgraded to a Bayview balcony suite for no extra cost. Stayed with my partner and we loved it. Highly recommended.
Stayed 4 nights the Blackman in Melbourne and enjoyed it. Room is laid out more like a service apartment, complete with all the amenities like cooker and microwave, plus utensils, yet have the daily cleaning of a hotel. Two thumbs up!