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
We stayed for a week at The Olsen in mid October and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Bedrooms are large, spotlessly clean and very well appointed. The bed was very comfortable with a good quality mattress. There was also lots of wardrobe, drawer and hanging space. The bathroom was quite small but again had plenty storage and a good walk-in shower.
The reception staff were very friendly and helpful, as were the restaurant staff where we had an excellent breakfast on a couple of occasions. The car park is around $30 per day and is fairly small but we were always able to park there.
The train station and trams are a 5/10 minutes walk from the hotel. Chapel Street and it's many bars and restaurants are a 2 minute walk.
The only negative is that there is building work at the side of the hotel which started around 7.15 each day. It would be best to ask for a room away from the construction site.
I stay here for business almost every week. The staff are always for friendly and welcoming. This week I bought my family as it is my son’s birthday. Everyone here has made it a really special day for him. In particular BamBang and Jd have been brilliant. Thank you
While their choice of art in the room - and entire hotel for that matter - may not be for everyone, and it sure is something different to what you normally find in Melbourne hotels, I think it works. The chairs in the room were unusual for a hotel of this standard, to say the least, I'm not sure if they seem a little cheap and nasty or that is the style and I didn't pick up on it..