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“Quirky Weekend Destination” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Art Series - The Blackman

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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 #10 of 171 Hotels in Melbourne
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Quirky Weekend Destination”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Great hotel for Art and Food lovers. The service was excellent. The breakfasts in the bistro were great (slow baked tomatoes beautiful) but the Coffee and pastries in the bakery were far more popular with the tourists and the locals. Quirky decor and artworks galore with very comfortable rooms. Get on the western side to get views of the lake and bay. Great spot because you could eat in the city or St Kilda, which were both 6 or 7 minutes away on the tram. 5 minutes to the National Gallery and a comprehensive list of local galleries in the room info.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, March 6, 2013
Greg S, Thank you for your review 'Quirky Weekend Destination'. We too like to think of The Blackman as a great hotel for art and food lovers alike, and what better city for it! It is great to know you found our service excellent and were able to enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer during your stay with us. And yes you're right, our pastries are very popular, and go hand in hand with a good coffee - a great start to the day.

We look forward to welcoming you back to The Blackman on your next visit to Melbourne.

Kind Regards
Haylee Jarrott
Assistant Front Office Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We were impressed with the hotel. It was a very convenient location next to St Kilda Rd, which offered easy access to the centre. Service was very good and the room and facilities excellent. We ate one meal in the bistro, which was very good, if a little pricey.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Haylee J, Assistant Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
66Globetrotter, Thank you for your review from your recent stay with us. Its great to know you enjoyed your room and our facilities, but most of all our service. Our location positions us right in the middle of all that Melbourne has to offer - from the beach, to the park, as well as the heart of the city - I'm glad you were able to enjoy it!
We look forward to welcoming you back on your next Melbourne trip!

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Haylee Jarrott
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Regional Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This would have to be my fifth stay at The Blackman now and it just keeps getting better and better. Stayed in room 1707 which was amazing! Great views of Albert Park lake and Port Phillip Bay! Mini bar and room service prices are pretty decent as well! I wouldn't gop anywhere else when in Melbourne!

Room Tip: -Bay view room's offer the best views of Melbourne. -Room's on west side are the quietest.
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  • Stayed March 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, Assistant Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
J C, Wow - Thank you for your review 'Wouldn't Go Anywhere Else', it is great to see you continue to enjoy your stays at The Blackman. Our bay views are pretty amazing!

Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you again soon at The Blackman.

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Haylee Jarrott
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

It is so refreshing to come to a place which has it all. Modern, great food, service, everything you need in your rooms and clean. A total delight to stay here.
Both eateries are European and reflect Melbourne very well

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, March 6, 2013
ulyatt, Thank you for your review following your recent stay at The Blackman. It is excellent to know your Blackman experience was a delight!
We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Melbourne.

Kind Regards
Haylee Jarrott
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is not my first stay at The Blackman and it definitely wont be my last. Great, funky hotel (showing off the unique Melbourne "arts" vibe), perfect location and incredible service! Only a quick tram ride to the City and close to famous Chapel St and St Kilda beach, its a hotel i will always keep coming back to. Love it!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Haylee J, Assistant Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
06Nat_M, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your Blackman experiences.
Its great to know you love the hotel, our service and our unique arts vibe (that's what we are all about!)
We look forward to welcoming you back soon, on your next visit to The Blackman.

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Haylee Jarrott
Assistant Front Office Manager
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Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I stayed on 5th feb 2013
the hotel is in a nice area of st kilda and is amazing, the rooms
have everthing and more, the design is superb such a hi standard
the staff were excellent and i will stay again next time i am in melbournw

  • Stayed February 2013, 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, Assistant Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Mickey P, Thank you for review "Amazing".
Its great to know The Blackman will be your go to hotel for future visits to Melbourne.
Our entire team are always checking for feedback on TripAdvisor, so thank you for your comments regarding our staff. They'll be so happy to see it!
We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Haylee Jarrott
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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We recently spent two nights at The Blackman. Our room (1109) was nice and clean, staff friendly and helpful, and the restaurant has good food. The location is a little inconvenient (it's between St Kilda and downtown).

To my mind, however, the hotel doesn't quite deliver enough given the price. Wifi access is ridiculously expensive (A$25 per 24 hour period; can only connect one device at any given time); as is parking (likewise A$25 per day).

The service is also a little amateurish. One evening we phoned down at 4.40 pm asking reception to order us a taxi. No taxi showed up and eventually we simply flagged one that luckily passed at 5.15 pm.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Haylee J, Assistant Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
sgpontus, Thank you for your feedback following your recent stay at The Blackman.
It is good to know you enjoyed your room, the restaurant and found our team friendly and helpful.
I apologise if the issue with the taxi effected your stay with us, and I would welcome you to contact the hotel direct regarding your comments on the internet. Our internet - both wifi and cable - is only $9.95 for a 24 hour period, and also available at $3 for a one hour block.

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Haylee Jarrott
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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 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#10 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#10 Romantic 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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