Art Series – The Olsen
What We Love
- Rooms with kitchen facilities make it easy to take advantage of the fresh local produce available from nearby Prahran Market
- Smart cars and classic Kronan bicycles are at the ready for guests
- The pool, which has a glass bottom that looks down at the boutiques of Chapel Street
What To Know
- The Olsen attracts a wide range of guests – visiting celebrities, fashionistas, creative types, young professionals, and families
- On-site Art Ambassadors are available for private tours of artwork in the hotel, and for info on local galleries
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This 15-story structure is draped in translucent white glass, evoking a blank canvas—fitting, seeing as the hotel’s design was inspired by the work of Australian painter John Olsen. Inside, the stark modernity is warmed by a wall of dark timber that displays one of Olsen’s signature pieces, an 18-foot sun mural. Two large black velvet ottomans offer a cushy place to sit and take it in. Hundreds of colorful paintings and prints decorate the hotel’s hallways and its 229 guest rooms, all furnished to reflect John Olsen’s refined yet contemporary style. Studio Suites are decorated in muted grays, champagne and splashes of silver and have kitchenettes and small dining suites—convenient should you want to cook during your stay. The are plenty of distractions in the rooms, including art books and magazines, a documentary about Olsen playing in a loop on the 42-inch flat-screen TV, and a whimsical mini bar that includes a paint set and canvas, plus nibbles sourced from Prahran Market nearby.
There are two on-site dining options: Spoonbill Restaurant and Bar, which is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner (we’d order the paella created from Olsen’s personal recipe), and Steer, an award-winning steakhouse with a hipster vibe. The showpiece pool, which overhangs the street below, means pedestrians can look up at swimmers as they walk by. Relax on a chaise longue on the upper sun decks or unwind with an organic facial and detoxification treatment at the on-site spa.
How to Get There
There is no information on the website, booking confirmation or at the time of check in that the hotel is situated next to a construction site and with jack hammering that starts at 7am. I arrived late at night so didn't open the curtains and the thundering noise started early in the morning. I mentioned this to reception and said I hope this isn't happening on Saturday and received an indifferent response "we can't control this". On Saturday morning, it started again so I checked out promptly and made my point known to the front desk. Not even an apology just "I'll let the manager know". I have been staying in Art Series Hotels and this was possibly the worst experience ever.
The rooms are not huge however they are very neat and clean. It was handy having a mini kitchenette. The housekeeping was efficient and clean with toiletries provided which was a nice touch. Handy to have room service from the restaurant on the ground floor which was nice food. I usually stay in the city however the South Yarra experience was a good one. The team are very helpful and friendly. Thank you for your hospitality.
My stay was good. Was only for a night, but comfortable & central to where I had to be. Staff were friendly, the room was nice + clean. Breakfast was nice, except my eggs where cold, but coffee was awesome. Would stay again next time in Melbourne.