The Larwill Studio
48 Flemington Road
Photo courtesy of The Larwill Studio
The Larwill StudioThe Art Series Hotel Group has seven chic properties across Australia, each inspired by a namesake Australian artist. Its latest, the Larwill Studio, which opened in 2014 in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of the city center, honors the renowned figurative expressionist painter David Larwill with original pieces in the lobby and playful prints in each of the 96 stylish, colorful rooms. Fittingly for a hotel that’s located next door to a hospital, there’s a focus on wellness: Guests can take complimentary exercise classes at the on-site gym, rent retro-style Dutch bikes, and tune in to the designated yoga channel (with yoga mats provided). The 100-seat restaurant, Smith & Singleton, offers international flavors in a number of vegan and gluten- and dairy-free plates, including an Ancient Grains salad loaded with pearl barley, quinoa, and moghrabieh. Perks any family with a young child can appreciate: free Bugaboo Bee stroller hire and a sprawling playground with rope and water features just minutes from the hotel.