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Art Series - The Blackman
Ranked #13 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

On a business trip, The Blackman was like going home each night. Clean, modern and very comfortable rooms and I love the art. Close to the city, handy for transport and the food is great. I'll be bringing my wife here on our next trip.
Furnishings are just so right to bring you the comforts of being at home.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Many thanks Paul for providing us with your review of our property following your stay. Your kind words are very much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back home again soon.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

I am so glad I followed the reviews of others and booked The Blackman for my boyfriend's surprise birthday treat, we couldnt fault a thing. Check-In was attentive, friendly and informative and we were so impressed with the room. I upgraded us to a bay view suite and so glad I did, the views were so pretty and made a nice change from backing onto another high rise! The decor was funky, bright and modern, in keeping with the theme throughout the hotel. The music playing whilst waiting for the lifts and on entering the hotel enhanced the friendly and fun vibe. The french cafe downstairs was nice as too was their coffee and we treated ourselves to room service and ordered the cheese plate, wow.........I can honestly say it is up there with one of the best cheese plates Ive had and such fantastic value for money. The complimentary bubbles were also a lovely and kind addition. This is the first time we have stayed outside of the main CBD and would have no qualms in returning, the tram stops just across the road and it made a refreshing change from the normal rather stuffy 'corporate' hotels. If you are planning a weekend get-away to Melbourne I would 100% recommend this hotel as it also encourages you to visit to St Kilda, its a great spot!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Sammi, thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback following your stay at The Blackman. Your lovely words are very much appreciated and I have passed these on to our team. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back again soon

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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

This is a comfortable boutique hotel only a short way from the city. The rooms are spacious. Check in was quick. The staff were great and nothing too much of a hassle. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Nice to enjoy a bit of luxury on our Australian roadtrip. Certainly I will recommend to my friends. Thanks guys!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Jani, thank you for providing us with your review of your stay with us. Your kind words are very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We wanted to be close to the CBD but not right in the heart of the action and traffic so the Blackman's location, just off St Kilda Rd was ideal, also being close to South Yarra. I always tend to prefer a boutique hotel, nice fast check in and personalised service.
Our room was spacious and comfortable with two queen size beds, some kitchen facilities, a bath and a balcony.
Room service meals were delicious and fast. There's also a great French cafe downstairs with the best croissants!
We had a fabulous stay and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback following your stay at The Blackman. We pride ourselves on the delivery of personalised service so thank you for your kind words. I have passed your lovely comments on to our team. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Lauren Hodder
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Booked a night in the Blackman for our Anniversary getaway. Location was ok. Short drive or tram into the city. It was nice and quiet. Upon check in, we were upgraded to a studio suite on the 11th floor. Room was nice and spacious. Bed was comfy but a bit too soft for me.

But loved the blinds and curtains. Totally blocked out the sun and allowed me to have a much needed sleep in the next morning. French bakery on the ground floor serves very nice pastries and a decent coffee.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
It was lovely to hear that you enjoyed your anniversary stay with us. We look forward to having you back at The Blackman soon.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Great location to all melbourne has to offer. This hotel has a great edge to it. Staff are more than happy to help. Rooms were very clean spacious and well presented, beds and pillows are super comfy.Great restaurant and coffee bar downstairs.
Will be back for sure.

Leigh T

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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NickGouin, General Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
Thank you Leigh T for offering us your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you back again soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed there on our wedding night at the start of May. It was a mix of nice room, bathrooms in need of maintenance, and various levels of service.

The room was nice, and no doubt, on a clear morning, the views out onto Albert Park and the lake are great.

However, for a hotel in the upper tier, there were quite a lot of things amiss - in the bathroom, the bottom of the towel rack had come clean off, and was unfixed to the wall! There were other little details - a soap holder with rust in the shower, a bin with a pedal that didn't work, and neither did the switch between shower and tap mode. We were newlyweds staying one night, so of course we weren't about to spend our night complaining to hotel staff - we ended up filling our bath up from the shower head, And the test of the things didn't phase us at the time, but are all pretty disappointing in hindsight, especially for the price.

The staff were good and bad - we had room service staff who just responded with a 'no' when asked for any wheat-free options (maybe you could suggest something?) - we ended up walking to Cafe Vue for breakfast, which was great. On the other hand, we had some lovely front desk staff.

While we had a lovely time, it probably wasn't due to the hotel.

Feel free to get in touch to discuss.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Thank you Martin for taking the time to provide us with your feedback following your recent stay at The Blackman. The maintenance issues in the bathroom that you mentioned are certainly not up to the standard that we pride ourselves on so I apologise for these. With regards to the bath tap, this is something that we could have fixed for you on the night but I understand why you chose not to contact reception. I was very happy to hear of the lovely service that you received from our front desk team. I apologise for the disappointing service that your received from a room service staff member. Classico is managed independtly from the hotel and I have passed your comments on to their manager. I would very much like to welcome you back to The Blackman again so we can ensure a perfect stay so please contact me directly if I can assist in organising a future booking.

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Property: Art Series - The Blackman
Address: 452 St Kilda Rd | (entry via Arthur Street), Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia (Formerly The Blackman Hotel)
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Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#10 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#11 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#12 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Art Series - The Blackman 5*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a contemporary, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda Road location, just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD, The Blackman Hotel will inspire Melbourne’s imagination. A destination perfect for business or leisure travellers, this unique Melbourne hotel boasts 209 guest accommodations and suites, a selection of which host private terraces.Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman Hotel will charm and inspire guests with the works of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman, showcased throughout this unique hotel space.The Blackman Hotel is also dedicated to ensuring your visit to Melbourne is complete with dining options to tempt your tastebuds. Experience two of Melbourne’s hottest new restaurants right at your own doorstop. Couple this with our state-of-art gymnasium and your luxurious five-star experience is complete. ... more   less 
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