Photo courtesy of The Olsen
Considered one of Australia’s best living painters, John Olsen is famous for his squiggly-lined watercolor and oil renditions of the antipodean landscape, often marked by a big hot sun or a central body of water. The second property in the Art Series Hotel Group—situated in the classy South Yarra shopping precinct—the Olsen immerses guests in the artist’s playful worldview through museum-quality prints, an in-suite art library, a hotel TV channel, and art tours of the Olsen as well as other hotels in the series. Most of Olsen’s pieces depict flora and fauna, and the series Big Frog and Little Frog conveys the artistic philosophy of “taking a line for a walk” when drawing—guests see how the erratic hopping behavior of frogs mirrors the way Olsen paints. The 224 elegant accommodations have designer tables and chairs, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and a soft white-and-silver palette that keeps the focus on the intricate paintings. Kitchenettes with a stove and crockery make the suites feel like modern artist lofts; and a smart car, Kronan scooter, Lekker bicycles, and an artsy stroller (or “pram” in Australian) are on hand for travelers who want to live like the locals.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
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.
By Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
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
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637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
+61 3 9040 1222