I had the most amazing experience at the Art Series The Olsen. From the minute I enquired over the phone about hotel rates, Jared really helped me find the best deals for my short stay. I was there by myself, and was quite nervous about getting lost as I wasn't from Melbourne and had never been on my own before-but I felt so comfortable staying at this hotel because of the service they gave me. Jared talked me through some options on how to get there from the Airport, and even on the day when I arrived he helped me on the phone while I was figuring out my transport options at the airport and on the bus. Upon checking-in, I was greeted with a smile, and a wonderfully vibrant welcome. Jared showed me a map to some local restaurants and shopping malls (totally up my alley and what I'm interested in too! It was almost like he could read my mind!!). Much to my surprise, and in no way did I have this expectation at all, I was then upgraded to a 2BR, 2BR Penthouse suite with late check-out till 1pm. I really felt like a princess!!!! The room just took my breath away.. it was just amazing and because it was more spacious, I felt like I was at home... I loved the interior decorating and design - very fresh, clean, spacious and bespoke. With a fond appreciation for art, it was great to hear the history of John Olsen on the TV documentary play-back, and view his work in the room, and through books that were available. There were great views, and I loved the small touches from black slippers, to T2 for a nice hot herbal tea, spa bath and the quirky beauty ECO products that cracked me up with the comments on the packaging. It's also such a great location to all the local stores, restaurants, train station and art galleries! I didn't want to venture out too much on my own, but everything I needed to keep me pre-occupied during my stay was there within walking distance! I wanted to hire a smart car, or a bike, but I just ran out of time - will have to do that next time because the rate was really good value ($35 for half the day I recall?)... I will never forget this experience and how much the staff made me feel safe and welcome. What I also enjoyed about my experience was that everywhere I looked there was something that was filled with positivity - from the colourful, vibrant art, to the beauty products and even the in-room mugs that said 'my cup's half full'. I enjoyed my experience so much that I wanted to take something home with me as a reminder of this great hotel, I enquired about the in-room mug (my cup's half full) as I wanted to purchase one. The lovely lady on reception had a new one delivered to my room and again, exceeded my expectations by gifting it to me complimentary. Again, something I didn't expect to happen... All I can say is that I didn't have a bad word to say about my stay at this hotel. My only constructive feedback (in case you are a really really light sleeper like me) is that I could subtly hear the lifts bumping throughout the night, but this was a quick fix. I drowned this out by putting a plush, feather pillow over my head/ears and had the best night sleep each night. Perhaps some disposable ear plugs could help? but honestly, it wasn't that much of an issue at all. :) I can't wait to come back and stay there again, and even try out the other Art Series Hotels as they are so trendy! I would definitely recommend The Olsen to anyone. AAAA+++++...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on Melbourne’s prestigious Chapel Street, The Olsen Hotel offers travelers premier South Yarra accommodation with 229 elegant five-star suites that are infused with the lyrical works of revered Australian Landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Breathtaking mural and sculpture greet you on arrival and large prints adorn all hallways and suites. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants; you will be reveling in the Art of [Creature Comforts]. At The Olsen Hotel, one can sleep soundly on Art Series Signature bedding, plunge into the spectacular glass bottom pool with Chapel Street shoppers below, work out in our state-of-the-art gymnasium or step out for some retail therapy. These South Yarra accommodations offer plentiful natural light and are thoughtfully appointed with 42” flatscreen televisions, wireless internet access and complete kitchenettes.For a longer stay settle into an exclusive art inspired residential suite.Olsen is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest living painters and won the Archibald Prize in 2005 for his portrait Self Portrait Janus Faced.Experience Olsen’s charm, wit and passion for life. ... more less
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- Art Series - The Olsen Hotel Melbourne