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“Beautiful hotel with a fashionable twist” 5 of 5 stars
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Art Series - The Olsen
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   637 - 641 Chapel Street | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia (South Yarra)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 171 Hotels in Melbourne
Sydney, Australia
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“Beautiful hotel with a fashionable twist”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Fantastic, knowledgeable/friendly staff, funky interior and plush rooms. They even have their own bikes you can borrow to explore nearby chapel st and Richmond areas. Heaps to do in the area, nearby a major train station, trams and taxi rank.

Pick of Melbourne's best bars, restaurants and nightclubs within walking distance. Spoonbill downstairs do a great breakfast too.

This place won't disappoint.

Do yourself a favour.

Room Tip: The higher the better. I was on level 12 facing north and had a great view down chapel st.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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NickGouin, Manager at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative review of The Olsen Hotel. We are in a great spot and I'm glad you found this to be the case. Not to forget, we are right next to the Yarra River, which is perfect for a stroll in the evenings. Next time you are back I'd encourage you to try the Wagyu burgers from Spoonbill; they are a wiiner too. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The Olsen is a stylish hotel with fantastic artwork by John Olsen enlivening the hotel and decor. The service is friendly and attentive. The amenities and toiletries are excellent. The bed is comfortable. It is centrally located to all South Yarra attractions - shopping, dining, cose to the city, transport etc. The only drawback is that the rooms are close together so you can hear the closing and banging of doors, and guests talking outside the room.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms at the end of corridors, too close together so can hear doors banging close.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Brendan T, Concierge Team Leader at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
We sincerely thank you for your review and it is always a pleasure to know that our guest appreciate John Olsen's art work as much as we do here at [The Olsen].

We aim to stand out from the rest by providing both professional and simultaneously providing down to earth genuine service. Our Art Series Signature beds certainly are comfortable and they are available for sale if you did want to have an amazing sleep each and every night of the year.

Our location is ideal and makes it very easy for all. Having so many transport options available at our door step and such a large array of restaurants, bars and of course Chapel Street is after all known as being the fashion capital of Melbourne and never seems to disappoint those shopaholics,
We look forward to welcoming you back in 2013.
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Parramatta, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We were so looking forward to staying at The Olsen for 6 weeks but upon arrival we were very disappointed with the small hotel room. There was not enough drawer space for us both to unpack so basically lived out of our suitcases. Getting a car park each day in the hotel carpark was difficult and on weekends very, very difficult as it is open to the public and the hotel charges $8 a day for public parking. We paid a weekly price for the room and still had to pay extra for car parking.
Definately wouldn't recommend The Olsen for long term or permanent stays.
Had trouble with the WiFi service too and had to ring numerous times for new codes.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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NickGouin, Manager at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to offer us your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your stay did not live up to expectations.

For people thinking of taking up a residency at any of the Art Series properties we always recommend speaking with our reservations team, so we can best match a room type to the needs of the traveller. We have a varierty of suites starting from our studios up to our 2 bedroom suites.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Had a fantastic time staying at the Olsen. It's central, clean, the staff were so nice and helpful. Had a fantastic concierge, Jarrod, whom pointed out great places to eat and drink and recommended some fantastic galleries and things to see in Melbourne. Overall- a great experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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NickGouin, Manager at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Just a quick note to thank you for mentioning our team member Jarrod. He is a man about town and knows his stuff. I'm glad he could be a help to you while you were staying with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

I had decided to stay at the Olsen hotel with my friend for my birthday and we had an absolute ball. Being greeted by Brendan at the door with great service started a wonderful night. Our stay had no problems and was only an exciting and pleasurable stay!
- Stef Gormley

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warragul, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed at this fantastic Chapel Street location as we had a Christmas Function at the nearby Toyko Teppanyaki. Lovely central spot, beautifully decorated, very soft pillowy beds, great shower and little bits and pieces in the room. Tried to park in the hotel carpark which is very tight and limited for space but ended up over the road at the Como for $10 flat rate for the weekend (as opposed to $25). Staff were accommodating, room clean, amenities fautless.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The decor is divine, the service attentive, location central and accessible. Had three nights of superb comfort and delight. John Olsen's work everywhere was also a treat. Staff could not be more pleasant. The T2 teabags were most welcome, what more can I say

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: 637 - 641 Chapel Street | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > South Yarra
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Melbourne
#11 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#12 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#18 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#22 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Art Series - The Olsen 5*
Number of rooms: 229
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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