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
- 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
This hotel is well located to the charms of South Yarra and also the CBD. The room was comfortable and spacious.We had a drink in the restaurant and found it to have a pleasant atmosphere.The staff at the reception desk and in the restaurant were very efficient and friendly at the same time.We checked out at 10.00am Sunday morning which must be a peak time. The desk staff handled the outgoing guests very efficiently and we didn't notice any holdup.All in all, a good experience and we will stay here again.
What was once a really cool place to stay and a great experience is no-longer. Having stayed at the Olsen for the first time in about 4 years, it was incredibly disappointing to see that my last visIt must have coincided with the last time the Olsen had any work done on it! Real shame - used to be cool. Now just seemed a bit all over the place
The olsen is close to everything, rooms are big enough and really comfortable. Bed and pillows were amazing, showers great and the room even has a small kitchen area! Highly recommend staying here, absolutely loved it!!!!
Had to move rooms after first night due to crazy noise coming from lift. Second room better but had a large moth in it that I had to kill the first night - yuck. TV kept losing signal which was super frustrating. So overall room was cheap and comfortable but there were definite issues.
I loved the location, arty vibe and service.Found the bathroom design lacking in space - no room to put toothbrush and paste, makeup and other stuff women typically use. No box of tissues either - need this on very hot days especially if you suffer from hay fever!!Location and lively environment was a bonus. I’ll class this 4 to 4.5 stars.