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Art Series - The Blackman
Ranked #13 of 161 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 18, 2012

One of the best hotels we have ever stayed. My 12 year old commented on why we couldn't stay at such a cool place longer than just 1 night! Our original booking had us in a junior suite with only 1 bed so we 'down graded' to a studio with 2 beds. The hotel compensated us by giving us a room on the 17th floor with the bathroom dividing the two beds, so we had privacy. Also, the room had two large LCD TVs. Our views north to the MCG were great but also saw the South Side views, in another room, to the Bay which were just stunning. Staff are young and professional, decor and artworks are just fabulous. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Go high, south side rooms have bay views.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded June 22, 2012

Dear Guest,
This is certainly music to my ears! Wait till the hotel General Manager reads this review.
(One of the best hotels that you have ever stayed at). We have a staff night on Tuesday, and your review will certainly be read out to all the staff. I am extremely pleased to hear this. It truely sounds like you had a wonderful stay. I must agree, the view from the rooms is amazing! Having a balcony is also a huge bonus.
We do have young staff working here at the hotel. They are fun, vibrant, but also very professional, as you have mentioned. They want to work here, and it shows.
Please come back and stay with us again when you are next in town.
Warm regards,
Julie Dale
Duty Manager

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Reviewed June 14, 2012

My Fiancé and i stayed three nights at The Blackman recently. We absolutely loved this hotel!! Upon arrival the staff were professional and welcoming. The lobby is a great first impression with a collage of art hanging on walls. The furniture is fun and quirky, i wanted to photograph every piece! Straight away i felt like i was in Melbourne which is exactly the experience i was hoping for. The rooms are inviting and individual and fragranced with a lovely perfume that is made signature for the hotel. We were upgraded to the Executive Balcony Suite, very spacious however we didn't make much use of the balcony. Overall we could not fault the rooms, from the design, cleanliness, comfort, even the items in the minibar were impressive! We ate at the restaurant Classico on the first evening, the food, service and prices all very good. We absolutely loved everything about The Blackman and would recommend to anyone this is the hotel to stay in Melbourne!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded June 22, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write such a fabulous review from your recent stay with us. I am very pleased to hear such lovely comments. It is certainly a fun and quirky hotel. It is obvious to our guests that the staff do love working here. The fragrance in the rooms and around the hotel, is based on Allure, by Chanel. It is very welcoming as you walk into the hotel lobby and also your room.
We do hope that you will come back and stay with us again when you are next in Melbourne.
Warm regards,
Julie Dale
Duty Manager

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Stayed here on a girls weekend for Derby Day last year and LOVED it!

Having stayed at the other Art Series Hotel, The Cullen, for business I expected to be impressed by the aesthetic details and service, but the Blackman took it all up another notch.

Great location as mentioned previously - I took a run around Albert park and used the gym also, which was ome of the best equipped hotel gyms I've seen. Quick tram to St Kilda to catchup with friends and easy tram ride into the city center. Taxis were always prompt.

The staff were an absolute delight! The beds were super comfortable and great block out curtains for sleeping off the night before's excess...

Great patisserie downstairs though I would save the rest of your meals for the fantastic dining culture throughout Melbourne.

Will be there again for our next girls weekend or any other stay for that matter!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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The_Blackman_Hotel, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write a fabulous review from your recent stay with us.
I do agree, we have great staff , and this is what makes the hotel.
I will certainly let the Cullen know, that you think the Blackman is better (hahahaha).

We do hope that you will choose to stay with us again, when you are next in Melbourne.

Warm regards,
Julie Dale
Hotel Duty Manager

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Reviewed June 12, 2012

Loved this hotel. Booked it after seeing reviews on Trip Advisor. Was not disappointed. Beautiful modern art all over the walls. Loved the little bunny mirrors and art incorporated into the bathroom door. Hotel room with kitchenette (2 hobs and microwave plus decent cooking utensils and crockery) - what a great idea for those who just want to cook for themselves sometimes. Good selection of nibbles and drinks. Absolutely loved the comfy bed. Hard to get up and leave it!! Excellent bistro downstairs. Close to tram stop. 10 mins by tram to Flinders St station. Can also hire mopeds and bicycles at the hotel. Definitely plan to stay there again. Can't recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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The_Blackman_Hotel, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review after your recent stay with us at the Blackman.
It is always lovely to hear such fabulous comments on the hotel. Our staff love it and will be very pleased. We are extremely priviledged to have our hotel named after the famous australian artist, Charles Blackman, and to have all his artwork throughout the hotel.
The kitchenettes and balconies are certainly a fantastic feature of our rooms. I do agree.
We look forward to having you come back and stay with us again when you are next in Melbourne, as mentioned.
Warm regards,
Julie Dale
Duty Manager

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

My husband and I chose 'The Blackman' as our 'home away from home' when visiting Melbourne over the June, long weekend. This was our first time staying at the hotel and it was a great choice! We checked in late on the Friday night and Paul on reception was welcoming and professional. We had a fantastic suite on the 17th floor that looked out toward the city and Albert Park, the same great views we woke up to each morning from our very comfortable, king size bed! Complete with vibrant art work, quality furnishings and functionality our room really was top notch! The hotel is superbly located, close to the CBD, Albert Park, The Botanic Gardens and more...If you're not interested in leaving the hotel, there is a quaint restaurant on site with a well stocked bar and the bakery downstairs do fantastic coffee and almond croissants! Highly recommended, we will be back! Neither my husband nor I used the pool, gym or spa so I cannot comment on or rate these services.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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The_Blackman_Hotel, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a comment from your recent stay with us.
It sounds like you had a fantastic time whilst staying with us, and you were very happy with your choice of accommodation. We love to hear this! I will certainly let Paul know of your wonderful words about him. He is certainly a great asset to the hotel, and has been working with us since we opened.
We do hope that you come back and stay with us again when you are next in Melbourne.
Warm regards,
Julie Dale
Duty Manager

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

What a WINNING experience!!! Great attention to detail & fabulous artwork on display!! Fantastic service throughout the hotel - from the friendly cleaners, to helpful reception staff, and all the way to the hotels generous General Manager. I recommend visiting the bar downstairs and asking 'Ben the barman' for his specialty cocktail "Tear-up-my-carseat"... AMAZING!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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The_Blackman_Hotel, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2012

Dear Guest,
What a wonderful review!!! Thank you for taking the time to let us know that you had a fabulous time whilst staying with us at the Blackman hotel. Our general manager, Lee Davey, and the staff will be thrilled with your comments. I will be certain to let them know.
We do hope that you stay with us again when you are next in Melbourne.
I better go and try one of these famous cocktails that you have mentioned.

Warm regards,
Julie Dale
Duty Manager

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Having stayed at The Blackman pre baby once before, I was worried that it would not live up to the standard previously set and that it would not be family friendly. I was proven wrong!! Upon check in the lovely lady at reception ensured that she put us in a high room (as requested) with a bath for our baby, the corner location along with the bath were both appreciated. The room was spacious and very clean. Room service ordered on both nights was reasonably priced, delicious and efficient. All in all another wonderful stay.

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The_Blackman_Hotel, Guest Relations Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write a fabulous review on your recent stay with us.
Our Reception staff will be thrilled to hear such fabulous comments from you. I am pleased to hear that we have gone out of our way to ensure you had a wonderful view and to organise a room with a bath for your bub.
Having just had a bub myself, I can totally understand the need to have a bathtub.
We do hope that you choose to stay with us again, for the 3rd time, when you are back in Melbourne.
Warm Regards,
Julie Dale
Duty Manager

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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
#11 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#12 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range: $131 - $285 (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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