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“comfortable hotel but ....trams and traffic to disturb your sleep”

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Art Series - The Blackman
Ranked #17 of 161 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 18, 2011

Impressive building easy to find, greeted by courteous reception staff
Hotel room very clean and large, with quality kitchenette and furnishings
Bed very comfortable but traffic noise from St Kilda Road kept us awake until late at night and made for a "cranky" mood the next day.
Demand a quiet room !!

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ben_Ezard, Guest Experience Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at The Blackman.
It is fantastic to hear that you had a great experience with our staff and the hotel overall. However I was disappointed to learn of the noise issues, At the blackman we take these matters seriously and we will look at ways to solve this problem at our next team meeting.
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Ben Ezard, Guest Experience Manager.

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Reviewed May 14, 2011

First stay at the Blackman. Wow from check in to check out. Friendly generous staff who only wish to please. The room was spotless and very comfortable. The pillows are the best I have seen any any hotel in the world. Resturants for breakfast was very good with a distinctly different approach to the usual boring business hotel breakfast.
The Blackman will now be my home away from home when i am in Melbourne. Well done.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Ben_Ezard, Guest Experience Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2011

Wow! Thank you for such a wonderful review. This really means a lot to our whole team who have been working hard to make this hotel special stand out from the rest. We feel very proud to be your new "home away from home" and look forward to seeing you back very soon.
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Ben Ezard, Guest Experience Manager

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Reviewed May 11, 2011

Fantastic 'Art Design' Hotel in St. Kilda Road. Very welcoming, helpful and friendly reception team at all times. Great rooms product, fantastic 'French Coffee Shop' next to to the reception.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Ben_Ezard, Guest Experience Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2011

Thank you for writing such a wonderful review. I was very pleased to learn of the great stay you had at The Blackman. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit Melbourne.
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Ben Ezard, Guest Experience Manager

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Reviewed May 10, 2011

Chose this hotel after reading the reviews here and it absolutely lived up to my expectations. The room was stunning: with a lovely glass table, plenty of seating kitchen facilities and two balconies! Most importantly, the bed was like sleeping on a cloud and there was no noise from surrounding rooms. View over the park was lovely and the service was great - no queue for check-in/out and when I phoned down to ask how to change the room temperature it was done for me immediately by the receptionist controlling the temperature remotely. Didn't have the opportunity to eat in the restaurant but my raisin swirl (I think Australians call it a 'snail') from the Bakery was very nice.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Ben_Ezard, Guest Experience Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2011

Thank you for such a fantastic review. I was very glad to hear that The Blackman lived up to your expectations and hopefully even exceeded them.
It is always wonderful to hear another brilliant comment on our bedding which is made just for the Art Series Hotels and can be purchased directly from us. I was also happy to know that our staff were very helpful during your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Blackman very soon.
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

This hotel is very simply one of the best hotels in Melbourne.
Myself, my partner and my Mum flew over from Perth and stayed at the Blackman for 5 nights in twin studio suite with a balcony and everything about this hotel is outstanding. It is brand new and everywhere you look there is a trendy modern art theme and its these sorts of finishing touches that make it so elengant and beautiful. Our room had not one but 2 plasma screens (one for each room) and was fresh, immaculatly clean and beautifully decorated. The staff at this hotel are also on another level, offering help wherever they can, at one stage I was having trouble with the pillow and rang reception to see what they could do, within 5 mins there was a knock on the door and I had a friendly staff member offering me 3 different shaped and sized pillows to choose from. The housekeeping cleaned our room daily, and went as far as tidying our things, which made life so much easier. \

This hotel is also located in a great location, as you walk out of the hotel you walk about 20m to the tram that goes straight to the city.
When I compare this hotel to others I have stayed at for a similar and sometimes even more expensive price I have found that other hotels do not have the same standard of rooms and the staff have been rude and very unhelpful.
The Blackman just cannot be beaten and I assure you that if you choose to stay in this hotel you will not be dissapointed! I would reccommend it to anyone and I will be returning to this hotel again!

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  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

The Blackman was a gorgeous modern hotel with a artistic theme, the staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms were superb, clean and we ended up having a spa bath without even asking for one. The bed was extremely comfortable i had a fantastic nights sleep. The whole hotel was very quiet and i could not hear anyone in other rooms etc. Over all we had a fantastic comfortable stay and we would definitely stay again.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2011

Very clean, charming and very very comfortable - great location for us as a family as near parks, trams and resturants

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 452 St Kilda Rd | (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:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#10 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#16 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range: $122 - $287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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