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 here for five nights whilst visiting friends. It’s a little out of town but we’ll located for Albert Park and getting down to the water. Ask for a room facing the street or the park as we were looking straight into an apartment block.
Had a business trip and stayed at the BlackMan Hotel and loved the room and the art that was hanging all around the hotel.The staff were very friendly and helpful and it was great the cafe was open early.
Blackman is one of the best hotels we have stayed. Bay views are spectacular (make sure you get one!) and only short distance to the CBD. And the beds ! Seriously, the most comfortable you’ve ever experience. Running around the Albert park late is a treat in the morning! Staff is very friendly and go above and beyond to satisfy even the most demanding client. Will be back!
A well-positioned, mid price hotel only a short tram ride from Melbourne CBD and close to the Botanic Gardens and opposite Albert Park Lake. The Blackman art is spectacular and placed throughout the hotel including the elevators and rooms.
Staff are extremely helpful and engaging. Get a room looking over Albert Park towards the sea if you can and enjoy the sunset. The rooms are well appointed and ours had cooking facilities and everything to go with it. French brasserie was delicious for breakfast.
Excellent location and facilities/room service is prompt. Restaurant/café always terrific and food is well prepared and service is prompt. Delicious selection of cakes and bread. Rooms clean and rooms are serviced each day if required. Also no problems getting extra linen, bathroom extras, coffee capsules