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Review of Art Series - The Blackman

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Art Series - The Blackman
Ranked #13 of 158 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Australia
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80 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Stylish, comfortable and a bit quirky”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

We loved our stay at the Blackman and wished we had booked for more than one night. Nice to stay somewhere that isn't generic - the art is beautiful and quirky and it is a shame they don't sell prints. Rooms are quiet, the kitchenette has everything you need and the bed was supremely comfortable with quality linen. There are nice touches, such as magazines, that make you feel they have gone that bit extra. The location is good - easy to get the tram to the city or st kilda - and nice to stay just outside the CBD. We stayed here because of its proximity to AAMI park and it was a reasonable 25 min walk away. We booked online and hot a great price, which made the experience all the better.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Castle Forbes Bay, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

What a joy to walk into a Hotel and be greeted by not just very friendly efficient staff but also fantastic colourful art. We kept extending our stay which was originally only planned for two days but became four. High floors overlooking the bay are the pick! Book online to receive some great deals. Use both downstairs restaurants, you will not be disappointed.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

The staff were rude and pretentious with absolutely no reason to be, this unfortunately detracted from the good quality of the room and overall experience. For the money this hotel cost you could experience a lot better. Would not recommend and will not be returning.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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NickGouin, General Manager at Art Series - The Blackman, responded to this review, April 27, 2014
Dear Laura,
Thank you for your comments, I am disappointed that you found my team to be this way. It is certainly not acceptable and not to the standards that we generally set here at The Blackman. I will be addressing this with my team. I would encourage you to contact me personally if you wish to discuss this further. I be appreciate some additional details if you had a moment.
nick_gouin@artserieshotels.com.au
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

Solo traveller exploring Melbourne and really enjoyed stay at The Blackman. SO comfortable beds and away from the central Melbourne traffic etc yet still easy to get to and from CBD (including shuttle hotel puts on). Love the cafe and restaurant on site. Great 2 night stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

My wife and I stayed at The Blackman on our wedding night. The Blackman team gave us the Penthouse Suite which made our wedding night even more special. When we arrived at 2am we were greeted warmly by a very friendly staff member. He congratulated us and told us that we were able to get a late checkout so that we could enjoy the room and get the rest that we needed.
The Penthouse Suite was spectacular and is standout from all the other places I have stayed at in Melbourne. It was furnished with artwork, a fantastic bottle of white wine, beautiful furniture, comfortable bedding and amenities. We were amazed by the level of comfort, attentive service, and the spectacular views of Melbourne. My wife slept in till noon Sunday while I woke up earlier to enjoy a coffee and to soak in the tranquil views of Melbourne from the suite’s balcony. The location was fantastic, close to the CBD but far enough so that you don’t get the noise. We walked into the city the next day and enjoyed the Sunday morning street market on St Kilda Rd. The stay at The Blackman was truly memorable and it was a great way to end our amazing wedding day and start our honeymoon.
I recommend The Blackman to all my friends and family. If you are looking for something comfortable, luxurious, unique, and memorable than the Blackman is a fantastic choice and is on top of my list of places to stay in Melbourne.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Alan L
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

I stayed here with my husband and 2 young children in the Chess Suite. The Chess Suite was tastefully decorated with gorgeous artwork and it was very spacious for us all. The bed was so comfortable and I fell asleep in an instant! The staff made us feel very comfortable and at home and the hotel is well positioned and close to gorgeous Albert Park lake. The food at both dining venues was absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend this property to all travellers. I have stayed in several 4 and 5 star properties around the world and this hotel is definitely up there in the unique category. If you can afford to splurge on the suites, it is a definite must do! The hotel also uses Rejuvenators to do in room massages and the massages were amazing! What an incredible experience overall!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

Great looking hotel in a fantastic spot for visitors to Mlbourne. This hotel would be a particularly sound choice for those interested in the Formula 1 GP.

Loved the modern rooms, and the views from the higher floors are great. Comfy beds, well equiped kitchenette and plenty of space. This hotel has an undeniably 'cool' factor which young and old alike should appreciate.

Let down a little by the average service. Front desk often grumpy and looked put out when you asked questions.

Ordered room service one night and the food was horrendous. Melbourne is one of the culinary capitals of the world yet the in-house food was almost unedible (overcooked pasta in a watery sauce that was like a school camp dinner... not nice).

Added to which, the dirty plates sat outside the room in the hallway for almost 24 hours! An unfortunate reminder of the meal everytime we returned to the room.

Special mention to Aaron the waiter at the cafe downstairs - personable and efficient, one of the highlights of the stay.

Room Tip: Go high with a view of albert park lake
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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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 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#12 Luxury 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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