637-641 Chapel St., South Yarra, Victoria
| +61 3 9040 1222
Photo courtesy of The Olsen
The OlsenConsidered one of Australia’s best living painters, John Olsen is famous for his squiggly-lined watercolor and oil takes on the antipodean landscape. Fitting, then, that the second property in the Art Series Hotel Group immerses guests in his playful worldview through museum-quality prints, an in-suite visual library, and tours of the hotel’s works. The 224 elegant accommodations are studies in restraint, with designer furnishings, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and soft white-and-silver color schemes that keep the focus on the intricate paintings; kitchenettes with stoves and crockery give suites the feel of modern artist lofts. Should you wish to explore the South Yarra shopping precinct that surrounds The Olsen as the locals do, a smart car, Kronan scooter, Lekker bicycles, and an artsy pram are available for rent. After a day of retail therapy, head back to the hotel for seasonal small bites (gnocchi with field mushrooms; chargrilled calamari with tomato-chickpea stew).
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The Olsen Hotel: A Home Away From Home in Melbourne
Australia’s celebrity chef, Curtis Stone, says the Olsen Hotel in Melbourne feels like a home away from home. “My schedule is super busy when I'm back in Melbourne so I love to put my feet up after a long workday in a place that feels comfortable,” says Stone. “The hotel’s location on Chapel Street also makes it a great launching pad for going out to nearby restaurants and bars.” The hotel also rents Dutch Lekker bicycles for those who prefer to explore the area on two wheels. Stone says the Olsen has a ton of character as it boasts a great collection of artwork by revered Australian landscape artist, Dr. John Olsen. Each of the 229 suites is decorated with prints of his work. The hotel’s restaurant, Spoonbill, describes its menu as "paddock-to-plate" and is influenced by Dr. Olsen’s travels through the Mediterranean. One of the artist’s favorite dishes, paella, is a menu staple.
over 4 years ago
The Olsen Hotel
Contributed by Nicole Smith AFAR LOCAL AUSSIE EXPERT Part of the Art Series Hotel Group, the Olsen Hotel offers top accommodations with five-star suites that are infused with the works of revered Australian Landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Olsen is regarded as one of Australia's greatest living painters, and his breathtaking mural and sculptures breathe life into every aspect of this incredible hotel. To book this experience, contact Judy Perl firstname.lastname@example.org