Located on the famed shopping strip of Chapel Street in Melbourne’s South Yara district sits The Olsen. Considered the crown jewel of Australia’s much-publicised Art Series Hotel Group, to view the towering accommodation from a distance is another hotel in the Victorian capital. Though just like any Art Series instalment, is a deeper delve in to artistic practice and with a meticulous eye for detail, the namesake accommodation reveals just that.
For the regular visitor of Melbourne, it is usual practice to gravitate towards the bustling, built-up cosmopolitan of Melbourne’s CBD however for a slight change of pace, the historic grid of townhouses that line the streets of South Yarra offer another side of the city. Named after John Olsen, one of Australia’s most significant artists in the ’50s and ’60s, his deep commitment and sensitivity to the natural environment has translated through his work and is now found throughout the establishment. Upon entry, guests are greeted by a six-metre mural, titled The Yellow Sun and The Yarra, a commissioned piece that sets the tone for the rest of the stay. Perhaps the most capturing aspect is its considered colour palette – earthy tones with punches of orange, yellow and reds – while works of John’s are peppered throughout the boutique stay. Complementing the surroundings, staff are just welcoming.
Reflected off the artist’s work, the hotel offers a full range of indulgence and luxury; a glass bottom swimming pool accompanied by sundeck, gymnasium and the Norbu Day Spa. It’s in-house dining option, Spoonbill Restaurant, looks onto the famed shopping strip and provides the perfect spot for a happy hour tipple – the amaretto sour a must-try. Adding to its patriotism for Australian culture, the well-curated menu of the hotel heroes regional produce and as the season changes so to does the menu. Dishes reiterate attention-to-detail and feature servings such as Roasted cauliflower, hummus, crispy chickpeas, sultanas, tahini yoghurt for entrée and Slow cooked lamb shoulder, skordalia and olive jus as a delectable option for main.
The pinnacle experience is a sleep over in the John Olsen Penthouse and offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury, with unsurpassable views out across Melbourne’s twinkling CBD, while second penthouse, Lake Eyre, is just as a spectacular. Nevertheless, every room – 229 to be precise – promises a unique art inspired experience for guests and with a continued commitment to the art industry, also offers private tours with an in-house art curator, art channel and art library in every suite.
Australia’s cultural capital is the apt home of five Art Series Hotels, each with a new artistic experience.
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