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Art Series - The Blackman
Ranked #12 of 159 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
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“Flawless”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

I stayed in a Junior Suite @ The Blackman over Christmas for 4 days and could not fault a thing. the rate dropped after I booked my stay so they matched the cheaper rate which was great too!

The room was immaculate and spacious, check in was a breeze, the hotel was easy to find and in a great location and a glass of wine on arrival ALWAYS makes for a great start to the stay! Late checkout wasn’t a problem and I have definitely made ArtSeries my go-to hotels when I’m in Melbourne. Looking forward to The Cullen over Australia Day!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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NickGouin, General Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Thank you for offering us your fantastic feedback. It is great to hear you enjoyed your time with us. I hope you managed to try The Cullen over Australia Day. We look forward to welcoming you back to Art Series Hotels again soon.
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

I stayed 1 night at the Blackman in January 2014 (as a night off from mum duties) its LOVELY.
The bed was exquisitely comfortable, and all the little touches really made it; from T2 tea to a good (reasonable) minibar, a newspaper at your door in the morning, and a decent room service menu (which they don't promote on thier website), spacious rooms, lovely fittings, gorgeous Blackman prints in the rooms, hallways, and in a crazy Royal Academy style hang above Reception. Downstairs is a lovely french bakery - ideal for breakfast, and its super close to a tram stop on St Kilda Rd (Albert St stop). Only downside was that the garbage trucks woke me at 5.30. I was on the 2nd floor (crap view but oh well) but probably noises from truck wouldn't have been son bad if you had a higher floor. Quick and easy check in, smooth service.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Thank you Andrea for taking the time to provide us with your feedback following your recent stay at The Blackman. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our "little touches" and your time with us. I am sorry that your were disturbed during your stay. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if I can be of any assistance organising a future booking for you with a view.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

The hotel was a very nice place, very comfortable bed. Two friends and myself stayed in the 2x queen bed room which I found a little small but was nice none the less.
The French Patisserie and Italian restaurant downstairs are both really nice and the staff are friendly.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Many thanks for providing us with your feedback following your recent stay. Your kinds words about the customer service your received is very much appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Adelaide, Sth Australia
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Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is an excellent example of a brilliantly presented, operated and managed hotel. From the time you walk in past the supplied scooters, cars and bikes the hotel staff cannot pleasantly and professionally do enough to make your experience in Melbourne the best. The rooms are exceptionally presented in individual art themes. They have mini kitchens, cloud like beds and are spotlessly clean. Each room has little quirkiness to them to make it seem special. The breakfast fare and pastries in Fleur Depot de pan was exceptional, fresh, well cooked and served with a genuine smile. Whomever is doing the staff training here needs to be praised. This has now become the goto Hotel in Melbourne that is located well between St kilda and Sth Melb and an easy walk to CBD or 5min tram.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
I very much enjoyed reading your feedback following your recent stay with us so thank you for taking the time to provide us with your thoughts. Coming from such a well experienced traveller, as yourself, your kind words really do mean a lot. We look forward to having you stay again soon.

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Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

As German travellers exploring Australia we stayed 2 Nights in The Blackman.

We booked One of the Penthouse suites. Nice room! Nice breakfast in the CLASSICO-Restaurant.

Two unpleasent negatives:
1. Arriving with our luggage you have to climb up the steps to enter the Lobby. No One Is on Duty to assist.
2. the very first words of the receptionist were: "what's your surname?"!
Really a nice welcome, indeed!
Basically the staff was not unfriendly but perhaps slightly too cooool!!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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NickGouin, General Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to offer us your feedback. I am sorry to hear about the negatives to your experience with us. Although we do not have a hotel driveway, we do our best to meet our guests on the footpath entrance. Admittedly we cannot greet each arriving guest, however we aim to offer a friendly and helpful welcome at reception. Our hotels pride themselves on genuine service and we will continue to strive to achieve this. Your comments have assisted my team to keep working on this area of our performance. We hope to see you again and would be happy to assist.
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Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, rooms superb in every way. I have stayed several times for work. Room service good and breakie is in the French inspired cafe adjoining again fantastic. You'll love it, the only minus for me and it may not be for all. I found location a bit cut off? So check map, other than that terrific!

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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NickGouin, General Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Thank you for offering your feedback. It is great to hear you have stayed with us a few times now. We understand that our location can appear secluded; however there are so many places on our door step. From Albert Park, St Kilda Beach, Chapel Street and Prahran, to the CBD and the major freeways, my team can point you in the right direction. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Melton, Australia
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

The hotel had beautiful artwork all throughout in the lifts, the lobby and the rooms. I also thought that the books on art throughout the lobby and the room was a sophisticated touch. Our room had two balconies that had breathtaking views of the water. The service provided was impeccable. The staff were courteous and well-presented and attended to our every need. The hotel is located in a fantastic spot with superb resturants close by or the option of in-house dining with amazing food. The rooms were set up with everything you could possibly need and amazing king size bed that was like sleeping on air. We will definitely return as the experience was a very positive one.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lauren H, Front Office Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Many thanks Chloe for taking the time to provide us with your feedback following your recent stay at The Blackman. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service so I am pleased to hear of the service you experienced. Our Charles Blackman artwork is the focal point of our decor so I am happy to hear that you found this to be a "sophisticated touch". We sell all of our bedding so if you would like to "sleep on air" at home please do not hesitate to contact me. We look forward to having you back at The Blackman soon.

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Property: Art Series - The Blackman
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 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#11 Family 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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