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
Booked a room with a balcony - was given a room without and then when I reminded them what I’d paid for they could only offer a room which opened to a shared mezzanine level for pool guests and the view of a roof. The bathrooms are a shocker with glass doors that don’t seal and no hooks to hang clothes off the floor.
The bed was very comfortable, they’re only saving grace.
Loved our stay in a 2 bedroom deluxe balcony suite, for 5 ladies. Very comfortable, well appointed, with robes slippers and nice toiletries. The mini bar was stocked well with great options. The proximity to bars and restaurants on Chapel street was good, the restaurant and bar downstairs had a great atmosphere and good food, one of the colleagues used the gym and was adequate. Would definitely stay again.
I have been coming to the Olsen on and off for 5 years. It used to be great. Now it is just average.
Since November of last year the pool temp is now turned down so low it is unusable of a morning, and I have grown tired of telling the front desk on checkout only to get the plattitude..”we’ll look into it sir”. Not sure if it’s a cost cutting measure or something else, but if this is the new normal then put a sign by the pool..
The food. Again, used to be great.now it is average. Menu sounds good, but is let down by the cooking. Avoid the beef ribs, no matter how good they sound on the menu.
Stayed at the studio suite for 30 days.
Amenities were very complete: cooktop, fridge, utensils, equipment.
Daily cleaning service.
Adequate amount of power points.
Wifi was very good.
Ben was comfortable.
Shower pressure was comfortable.
Bathroom basin drainage did not flow well.
Toilet drainage was good.
I've always been a fan of the Art Series Hotels and being fortunate to stay at 2 of their hotels is a privilege. The Olsen provides a comfortable yet classy stay for Business and Leisurely weekend away.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by friendly staff who are at your service needs. The hotel presents itself well and with great staff who you will encounter throughout your stay - whether its the handy man or housekeeping, they always provide a smile and friendly greeting. Rooms are very clean and tidy. Room service was prompt first thing in the morning, soo all good here. i would definitely recommend The Olsen for Business or Pleasure.