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Art Series - The Blackman
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   452 St Kilda Road | (entry via Arthur Street), Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia (Formerly The Blackman Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 158 Hotels in Melbourne
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Sydney, Australia
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“Excellent Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Recently spent a night at the Blackman Hotel in Melbourne, we stayed in a Studio Balcony Room. The rooms are very comfortable, excellent bed and small kitchenette. Very functional albeit small bathroom. The hotel has a small gym which is adequate with a good selection of equipment. Located just off St Kilda road there are a number of restaurants and cafes nearby, but it would be hard to go past the cafe in the lobby which has an excellent selection and was great for Sunday morning breakfast. The hotel is walking distance to Chapel St (20 min walk) and the CBD (30 min walk) which is great, but if you are not into walking the tram stop is less than 5 min away making getting around very easy.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Haylee J, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write this comment about your recent visit to the Blackman.

It certainly sounds like you had a lovely time, and you enjoyed yourself, which is great to hear.
We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Warm regards,
Julie Dale
Hotel Duty Manager
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

I have absolutely no idea how this is the 5th best hotel in Melbourne? In the middle of no where. Checked in today, got put in our room, 4th floor!!! The $360 we payed for this one night stay, where the photo showed a beautiful balcony looking over a river, mine looked straight into an office block and the room has probably never had sunlight. I called reception who to there credit moved me to up to level 11 great? Then me and my girlfriend went into the bathroom, but this wasn't a bathroom, it was a toilet a sink and a shower head? Water covered the bathroom floor when we had a shower, what a romantic way to spend our 3 year anniversary. We had tiny balconies that could be accessed quite easily by the guests next door??? So we had to keep our balcony door locked the whole time, which was lucky because if we opened them we would be breathing in all the fumes the top of the building was blowing straight into our room! We got conned by tripadvisor on this one! Please don't fall for the same mistake we did. Stay in a real hotel not this wana be art rubbish?? I'm sorry but a few prints in frames doesn't mean you can charge $360 per night for a 3.5 star hotel, no pool, no spa, restaurant downstairs hit and miss.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Haylee J, Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thankyou for taking the time to write a review on our hotel.
I am sorry to hear that the hotel did not meet your expectations, and I would welcome you to contact me when convenient or in the future when you are trying to find accommodation in Melbourne.

Your feedback will be brought up in our monthly meeting and I do hope we will have another opportunity to showcase some very special views from the hotel.

Kind Regards,

Sean Farrow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

hotel with lot of art, very quiet, easy access to CBD and nearby albert park, very clean. it's not as crowdy as CBD, so parking is relatively easy and good. breakfast choice is typical aussie style, reception is really helpful for request.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We stayed 4 nights from 9th November at the Blackman Hotel and really enjoyed the experience. We chose the hotel online due to its great location and interesting art theme and it lived up to expectations in every way. The room was surprisingly large and included a good sized circular table and 4 chairs which meant we could entertain friends in our room in comfort. The two restaurants downstairs (French and Italian) were delightful and had many interesting and well-priced choices. The bed was very comfortable and there were heaps of pillows.
The only quibble was the bathroom lighting which we found to be insufficient for makeup or shaving. However we would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an interesting, luxurious venue slightly away from the inner CBD. And Edgar on Reception is fantastic - nothing is too much trouble for him to arrange with his prompt efficiency.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haylee J, Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Wow! What a great review, thankyou. I am so pleased that you found our hotel and you were able to enjoy all the aspects.

From the dining table in the room to the restaurants down stairs, and such great feedback about Edgar who has only been with us a short time. I will be sure to pass this feedback on and we look forward to having you back in the future.

Should you need any assistance with lighting, please let us know as we do have some options which should assist for your next stay.

Kind Regards,

Sean Farrow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

If you want any or all of the above, The Blackman hotel is definitely for you. It is located perfectly within reach of all and offers rooms depicting the colourful and beautiful workings of artist Charles Blackman. I recently had the opportunity to stay in one of the two penthouse suites, which has full views from the city to the sea and is decked out with a gorgeous rooftop spa as well as inroom spa. The bed and pillows are just amazing and I wish I had checked out their room decor before decorating my own house - as the furnishings are modern, classy and comfortable. The room service was quick and delicious and the inhouse movie selection was enourmous! I will definitely be back. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haylee J, Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Firstly this is a brilliant review and thankyou for taking the time. I am so pleased you had the opportunity to stay in one of our penthouses.

I do hope you had the chance to try both of the spas and take in all the views have to offer.
To say you would have taken inspiration from the decor means a lot to us, as we have tried to ensure the rooms do reflect a modern and comfortable touch.

Our bedding range is available to purchase at any time, if you wanted to take home the Art Series sleeping experience. It is great to hear that the Room Service and the movie selection also added to such a positive stay with us and we look forward to having you back time and time again.

Warm Regards,

Sean Farrow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Friendly helpful staff, we arrived way before check in as we had to be at Flemington by 10:30am. We were given the option to take a room on the 2nd floor so we could get dressed for the races. The room although had no view was amazing, the design & decor modern and chic. No expense had been spared on furnishings & fittings, the pillows and mattress were super soft and cozy.
The wife and I were faced with arriving at the hotel and then having to get suited & frocked up in the bathroom in the lobby but the staff were very accommodating and let us check in early, we couldn't have asked for a better way to start the day.
The Blackman isn't in the CBD but it's a quick 10 minute tram ride from Flinders St & Fed Sq. It is in a really nice part of town and just across the road from both Albert Park & Fawkner Park.
If you want to stretch the legs then Chapel St and Prahran Market is only about a 25 minute walk away.
I was very surprised at the prices of things in the mini-bar... they don't try to rip you off and they were very reasonable.
I just wish we had stayed longer and we will definitely be back next time we are in Melbourne.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haylee J, Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thankyou for taking the time to write a review on our hotel. I am so pleased we were able to accommodate your early arrival and understand that when the pressure is on for the races, these things can make a difference.

I am so pleased that the room decor and the position of the hotel worked well for your stay, and again thankyou for detailing this for us.

It is fantastic to hear that the minibar prices surprised you. This is something we have rolled out across all 3 Art Series hotels, as we wanted guests to enjoy our items without paying a large price for the convenience.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel for many more stays to come!

Kind Regards,

Sean Farrow
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

What a fantastic hotel! The chic distinction, warmth, intimacy and interior architecture of the Blackman certainly does live up to the term 'boutique'. Each room features works of the celebrated Australian artist Charles Blackman with funky french interiors, the bed and pillows were heavenly, we never wanted to get up!
The staff were excellent and friendly which is a treat nowadays and the location was great.
We have a lot of friends from intersate and have always recommended them to stay at the Blackman with great reviews and feedback! 'Will definitely keep coming back for special occasions.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haylee J, Assistant Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear Amy C,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review following your recent stay at The Blackman.
It is great to see you will definitely be back and frequently recommend the hotel to your friends!
Thank you particularly for mentioning our staff, your comments will be shared with each of them.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Kind Regards
Haylee Jarrott
Assistant Front Office Manager
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Address: 452 St Kilda Road | (entry via Arthur Street), Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia (Formerly The Blackman Hotel)
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#9 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#12 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#13 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#14 Best Value 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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