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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Art hotel inspired by Australian painter John Olsen, on Melbourne’s premier boutique shopping strip

The Lowdown

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.

Beyond

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

Art Series – The Olsen
637-641 Chapel Street
South Yarra, 3141 Australia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2389 Reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Room and very nice interiör, a small kitchen area of needed, fast check in and out, Good breakfast , bsthroom relatively big with a spa bath. Good and fast internet free of Charger as you expect now a days

Very Helpful Staff
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stay at The Olsen every time I go to Melbourne and the beds are to die for, so comfortable. The staff are more than helpful with any request and giving us directions and suggestion. From the minute we checked in to departure the staff were user friendly yet professional. I love the location of this Hotel so easy to get everywhere.

Poor valet service.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed in the Olsen a number of times. From their standard suites to the larger two bedroom suites, the hotel is a great. Location and service is a reason I keep coming back. However, in my recent stay, we chose the valet parking option and left the car outside the hotel. We left the keys with the reception, expecting the car to be parked immediately. Instead we got a call a while later stating that we had a ticket issued to us due to the car being left outside. The hotel has a small driveway which was already occupied, so did our best to leave it as close to it as possible.

The team on the front desk were professional in handling this and upon check out, stated that they would take care of the infringement. We left the hotel satisfied with the resolution, looking forward to the next visit.

This however did not happen. Instead I was charged a further $50 from the rental company who had to provide my details to the council for the notice to be sent to me, followed by needing to pay the infringement notice. If the hotel had advised at any point that they were not going to pay it, we would have done so ourselves, instead of incurring an added cost.

The lack of communication and clarity is not expected from a hotel of The Olsen's calibre.

Another great stay.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How lovely to return to The Olsen for a girl's weekend stay with my daughter. The staff are fantastic, friendly and very helpful. Our junior suite was perfect with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and the most comfortable beds imaginable. The rooms also included a small kitchen bar with stove and dishwasher.

To be able to hire the Smart Kar topped off the experience for us. Very inexpensive and once we got used to the fact that the wipers and indicators were on the opposite sides to what we were used to it was very easy to drive. So much cheaper than the usual car hire.
Based in a safe neighborhood with so many great restaurants nearby and easy access to the trams it is an ideal location.

We would highly recommend a visit to the NGV for the Entombed warriors exhibition with the spectacular modern Chinese exhibition of Swarming Starlings and gunpowder. A unique exhibition and one of the best I have seen.

Top Service, Hospitality & Professionalism Ever!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ben is an awesome delight! His warm and sincere attitude dissipates the tiring flight journey. He is such an amazing ambassador of The Olsen. He is so sensitive to customers' needs to offer canvas painting for my 2 young children to help keep them occupied. The best reception I've every had in all our travelling trips!

Bambang at Spoonbill restaurant is another amazing ambassador at The Olsen. He is very professional, proactive and helpful in helping with our birthday surprise. He sweeten the stay with complimentary drinks for our birthday dinner. His warm hospitality extends towards advising us on attractions to visit besides the sincere attitude shown at the restaurant. As a result, we spent more dining there than anywhere else. Great staff made a great difference!

Alba is so energetic, cheerful & professional early in the morning! She made our last meal there so wonderful! She needs commendation too!

Such a nice place to stay in because of the awesome staff! Kudos to the training and culture too!
In fact, it's the best hotel service we have ever had, out of all the trips over the years.
Will definitely recommend to others and visit again!