I stayed at the Olsen Hotel in South Yarra over the long weekend. It is very conveniently located on Chapel Street just across the road from Hotel Como. It is just a few minutes walk from the Jam Factory, a load of nice restaurants and some of the best clothes shopping in Melbourne.
The hotel appears to be quite new. I really liked the rooms and actually wished I'd had the time to extend my stay there. My room was on level 1 and had a large terrace with a 5 person hot jacuzzi bubbling away on it. Nice! Pity it is the middle of winter otherwise I would have spent a bit of time in it.
The beds are impressively very large and soft. I had the best sleep. I actually slept in (which I never do) and had to be woken by the guy delivering my breakfast.
Each room has a small kitchen with microwave, kettle and toaster and some cooking/eating utensils. There is a large flat screen TV that can be pulled out for the wall with 20 TV channels.
The bathroom is pretty cool with LED lighting and enclosed in a huge glass box covered with John Olsen's artwork. The rooms really are very cool! And in the hallways funky music is playing away... you would swear you were in a hotel down in South Beach Miami.
The hotel has a small but very function gym. Mostly cardio equipment (see photos) and a great lap pool with a glass bottom for a view over the reception area down below.
There is one thing I should point out about this hotel.... there are many ideas introduced in this hotel that I have not seen before. It is a part of the Art Series hotels group. They leave lots of art books in each room, the walls are covered with really beautiful art work. Also, in the foyer you can hire one of the little smart cars (I heard they are just $10 an hour) or borrow a push bike.
I actually love this little hotel and will most likely visit again sometime. I heard the hotel restaurant is very nice too but didn't actually get a chance to try it out.
I have included photos of two rooms here. My friend stayed in a larger room on the 8th floor. It's well worth spending a little extra for a larger room. And a tip... for best light choose a north facing high level room.