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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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“So amazing all around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Great service, amazing room and good location. This hotel has it all.

Room- loved the balcony, kitchenette (with dishwasher), jetted tub, decor, size, bathroom, closet....all of it. Bed was comfy.

Service- front desk was very personable, courteous, went the extra mile on every occasion. Kudos!

Facilities- hotel has a gym with cardio and dumbells. TVs to keep entertained. While there wasn't an outdoor pool or spa, you can walk 15mins to their sister hotel, The Olsen, and use their outdoor pool/sun deck, spa etc. the restaurants attached were delightful.

Location- the hotel is 1 block from the tram. I loved that it was tucked away close to the city in a quiet area. I much prefer getting good sleep and seeking out the action vs. the other way around!

Room Tip: I recommend the deluxe rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Dear KelseyPRed,

Thank you ever so much for taking time to review our hotel. I`m delighted to hear that you enjoyed the decor and furnitures of the room. Did you know that the bed and linnen are all for sale? Don`t hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about prices and sizes etc.

I also very much enjoying hearing that our staff treated you well. We pride ourself in delivering personable and excellent service to all our guests - every time! I will make sure they all hear about your comments.

I am looking very much forward to seeing you next time you are in Melbourne!

Kind regards


Jostein
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Venice, Italy
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25 hotel reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed in the Blackman in January, 2013 for a long stay. Hotel does not have a swimming pool but does have a little gym (very nice, but small). The rooms are clean and spacious. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. Very close to the trams (2 minute walk) and these trams can take you to St. Kilda beach, Chapel Street, or the CBD. Good location and good value for money. The hotel is basically a gallery for Charles Blackman so they have all his paintings on the wall - so, you may or may not like them. There is an Italian hotel and a cafe in the hotel as well.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us at the Blackman. It sounds like you had a lovely time, or which I am pleased to hear.
We are honoured to have our hotel named after Charles Blackman, and to have his artwork thoroughout the hotel. We do hope that you will come and stay with us again when next in Melbourne.
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Melbourne
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We were shown great generosity on account of our wedding anniversary in being upgraded to a suite with superb views over to the bay. A complimentary bottle of champagne capped off a memorable stay. Lovely young staff who with enthusiasm try to attend to your every need, are a great asset to the Blackman. The location on St Kilda Rd is great as the CBD, Botanical gardens, Art Galleries and Southbank are a short tram ride away. One little suggestion to the owners is a plea to rethink the $25 a night charge for parking. Surely when you own the building, there is no need to cream this extra from your guests. I expect this exhorbitant charge from Sydney CBD hotels where you park in neighbouring privately owned carparks but surely not from the Blackman, Olsen and Cullen.

Room Tip: Heard no noise as excellent sound proofing, heat and cooling
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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NickGouin, General Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay at The Blackman. It's great to hear that your anniversary was a special experience - The bubbles certainly help. We encourage our staff to offer a genuine and personable style of service, which I'm glad you found this to be the case. Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon.
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53 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

On all of my previous trips to Melbourne, I've tended to stay in the CBD. For something different, my wife searched for a property outside the CBD, and upon reading the reviews for the Blackman, didn't hesitate in booking. The hotels lived up to all of the reviews.

Conveniently located on St Kilda Road with easy and regular tram services to the CBD, St Kilda and beyond, it is serviced by both a restaurant and French patisserie on the bottom floor.

The front desk - and we dealt with several - were all polite, ready to help and personable.

The rooms are large and spacious, complete with an enormous and comfortable bed. I didn't realise upon booking that the room is also fitted out with its own kitchenette, which was an added bonus.

I'm not much for mini-bars usually, but my interest was piqued with their advertisement that their mini-bar prices are indeed mini. Everything on offer from alcohol, soft drink and snacks were at prices akin to a supermarket, a welcome change, but not something I imagine will be adopted by most hotels!

Our room was rounded out with a view over the Melbourne CBD and out to the MCG.

When not staying in the Melbourne CBD, I'll be back to the Blackman.

Room Tip: Go for a room with a view - we were on the 11th floor, and the view towards the city is well worth i...
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  • Stayed December 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, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Guest,
This is a wonderful review. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay with us at the hotel, We are pleased you will be back, and we look forward to welcoming you.
Warm regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I've stayed 3 nights at The Blackman Hotel and loved it... was supposed to stay just 1 night after a long flight from London and change to friends place but I couldn't leave the hotel... The staff was very helpful and friendly, the location was perfect, I got a BEAUTIFUL suite and all the art around the hotel makes it even more fascinating! I will definitely go back!

Room Tip: Get a suite, it is worth it!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 January 11, 2013

The Blackman hotel is the perfect mixture of great rooms, comfortable beds, terrific food and a quiet city location.

We have stayed here on multiple occasions and always leave looking forward to our next visit.

The Blackman is our favourite hotel in Melbourne.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Guest,
That is what it is all about - exceeding our guests expectations!!!! This is absolutley wonderful.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.

Warm regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Stayed here for three nights. Very elegant and indulgent. Artwork is fantastic. Staff were professional and helpful. Room was lovely-luxurious king sized bed. Close to tram line. Highly recommend staying here-it's earnt it's 5 star rating. French pattiserie downstairs was wonderful-they sell some delightful Petit Fours and great coffee also.

  • Stayed February 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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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:
#5 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#8 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#9 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#10 Business 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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