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“A great place to stay in Melbourne but out of the glitz” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Art Series - The Olsen
Ranked #21 of 157 Hotels in Melbourne
Sydney
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101 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A great place to stay in Melbourne but out of the glitz”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stayed at the Olsen from the 11th - 15th of April in a very comfortable room with a good shower and bed. Our "deluxe studio" (upgraded from a "standard studio") looked South along Chapel Street and always had something happening in the view. Although there is a construction zone on the southern rearside of the hotel, it is just about finished, and with the window closed, you don't hear a thing. The venue was great for a wedding and the staff were fantastic to say the least! The spectacular glass bottomed pool and sundeck area are a rare find and on the cool April days meant we could nestle in the sun for a great rest. The Olsen is a great location in South Yarra with stacks of shops nearby and further down Chapel Street in Prahran, you will not want for something to eat as you sit amongst the buzz of young people in Melbourne. Try Zucca Rossa (just opened in the old Post Office) in Greville Street for a real dining experience. The Olsen is highly recommended and you never know which "celebrity" you will bump into in the Lift!

Room Tip: South side rooms for the Chapel Street buzz and brooding weather across the suburbs. North side roo...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank PaulLouSydney
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Brendan T, Concierge Team Leader at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
I wish to thank you for your kind words in your review. Your lovely words and comments about your stay really made the teams day and we thank you for your feedback. Getting married is a magical time in one’s life and we are delighted that you choose to celebrate it with us and found the teams service to be fantastic!
I am so pleased you had a terrific time with us here at [The Olsen], should you need anything in the future we would love to welcome you back any time.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

It is my impression that a full service hotel means that housekeeping will take care of the dishes provided and used in the kitchenette that is in the room.

However, we would come back after a day out to find a made bed and little else. The table not wiped, the cups not washed and new towels just chucked on the couch.

The last thing we want to do while on holiday is the dishes. Even if it's just a few cups.

I was told by the hotel that the staff do not clean the dishes.

I find this to be a lack of basic understanding of what service is.

Also our bed is 2 single beds masquerading as one big bed. Something no luxury hotel would do.

It's all quite disappointing.


  • Stayed April 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank missusley
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Brendan T, Concierge Team Leader at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thank you for this feedback though it certainly was not pleasing to read and we apologise for the fact that you did not receive the level of service in which we strive for here at [The Olsen]. In regards to your room being serviced I have discussed this issue with our house keeping management team and we are sorry this was not carried out at a 5 star level.
If you would like to discuss these issues further you are welcome to contact our Front Office Manager Amy Moylan on 9040 1222. Thank you and we hope to redeem ourselves next time you are in town.
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Bowral, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stayed at the Olsen from the 12th - 14th of April. The room was comfortable with a good shower and bed. We had a "deluxe studio" which is an upgrade from a "standard studio". I had to check with reception whether this was an upgraded room, because whilst quite nice, was fairly small and had a view of a construction zone at the rear of the hotel. On the positive side, room was dark and quiet. Although a/c had a weird hum coming from it, so we couldn't have it on. Also, the pillows were all of the feather variety and very soft. We requested firmer pillows and were told, yes, they would be delivered by housekeeping when room was made up. We returned after the day out to find that this has not occurred and repeated request. After some time a member of staff turned up with more soft feather pillows! On telling him they were the same as what we had he went away and came back some time later with 1 x firm rubber pillow saying that was the only one in the hotel. I suppose we could have chopped it in half............

Before checking out on Sunday we made use of the spectacular glass bottomed pool and had a look at the sundeck area which was a little chilly on an April morning, but would be lovely on a sunny day.

The Olsen is well situated in South Yarra with its myriad of shops and eating options.
For a grittier version of these categories walk or tram it further down Chapel Street to Prahran.
The Prahran markets are fabulous and Greville Street feels like a small village in itself.

The staff at the hotel were friendly but all in all probably only a once off for us as I think better value hotels with more consistent service can be found in Melbourne.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Brendan T, Concierge Team Leader at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this very enlightening review as you really informed us about all aspects of your stay. Here at [The Olsen] we have many room types and they do differ in features and size slightly, we do our best to satisfy everyone.
Since receiving your review we have addressed all the points you mentioned with the appropriate departments to prevent them from occurring again.
Glad you enjoyed the amazing glass bottom pool and didn’t let Melbourne’s weather deter you from having a splash. We look forward to having you stay in one of our large Suites before long.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

great little hotel in chapel street, very classy, amazing little pool. Good service and nice rooms. LED lights in the showers a nice touch. Can be a little noisy but nothing too bad. All round very good, worth a stay.

Room Tip: higher up the better levels 10-12 very good.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul M
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Brendan T, Concierge Team Leader at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
It was kind of you to give us this constructive feedback and you mentioned many valuable points. We may have over 200 rooms though we do aim to give one on one personalised service to every guest who checks in. The views from some of our higher levels certainly are spectacular and we always do our best to meet all requests we receive in regards to rooms and their features.
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Sensational beds and pillows like clouds - we even bought two of the pillows from the hotel. Staff are so nice. Rooms are decorated with innovative style. It's new and clean and, with hangovers after a wedding the night before, we did retail therapy in Chapel Street. We were even permitted to leave our car in the car park for the day - without extra charge. That's service. Breaky downstairs was lovely. Excellent alternative to staying in the central CBD, out of the ratrace and just a great experience all round. Highly recommended from two regular travelers.

Room Tip: We had a studio which was perfectly big enough for a sleepover. Got a great special deal rate for a...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Thetourbus
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Brendan T, Concierge Team Leader at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
The Olsen Team would like to personally thank you for writing this excellent review, you really noted lots of the positives which the hotel has to offer. We do our best to accommodate all of our guest needs and sometimes just sleeping in for an extra hour or not having to exit the car park at a specific time can make all the difference. The CBD does have lots on offer though it does not compete with South Yarra and its continuing increase in both the retail and hospitality industries. The only issue is where to start shopping or what eateries to dine at first.
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

I organised to take my wife away for teh weekend without the little ankle biters and the Olsen was just the spot. It's an awesome location, just far enough out of the CBD but also close enough at the same time. Walks, Shopping, Dinners, drinks etc. all close by. Made for anniversary to remember.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 162Mark
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Brendan T, Concierge Team Leader at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thank you kindly for writing this review as we appreciate all guest feedback. An anniversary is certainly a milestone worth celebrating. The [Olsen Hotel] certainly is in an ideal location to ensure all of our guests have an amazing experience. Everyone deserves some time away and we look forward to having you both stay here with us again!
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Adelaide, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

A lovely hotel, in a fabulous location. The staff were VERY courteous and helpful. The accommodation was beautifully presented, the rooms were very clean and the facilities were excellent. We will definitely be returning. I went to Melbourne on a mother daughter trip with my friend, who also had her daughter with her. There was no outside noise, the room was very spacious and the girls could lounge around in the room with their shopping. We chose the open plan suite which was enormous. It had two king sized beds, with an open plan living area, kitchenette and two bathrooms. So close to the lovely Chapel Street/Toorak Road shopping precinct.

Room Tip: We chose the open plan suite. It gave us lots of room to move around and relax.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Angela R
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Brendan T, Concierge Team Leader at Art Series - The Olsen, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
It was very kind of you to leave [The Olsen] such valuable feedback and we are thankful for this.

Our two bedroom open plan suites are ideal for families as the views are amazing, there is no reason to fight over the bathroom as there is two and the lounge room area in the centre of the suite is perfect for enjoying some room service or putting ones feet up and relaxing.

We look forward to hosting another fantastic weekend here at [The Olsen] for you all in the near future. We wish you all the best until then.
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Property: Art Series - The Olsen
Address: 637 - 641 Chapel St | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Chapel Street
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Melbourne
#9 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#20 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#27 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#28 Family Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Art Series - The Olsen 5*
Number of rooms: 229
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on Melbourne’s prestigious Chapel Street, The Olsen Hotel offers travelers premier South Yarra accommodation with 229 elegant five-star suites that are infused with the lyrical works of revered Australian Landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Breathtaking mural and sculpture greet you on arrival and large prints adorn all hallways and suites. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants; you will be reveling in the Art of [Creature Comforts]. At The Olsen Hotel, one can sleep soundly on Art Series Signature bedding, plunge into the spectacular glass bottom pool with Chapel Street shoppers below, work out in our state-of-the-art gymnasium or step out for some retail therapy. These South Yarra accommodations offer plentiful natural light and are thoughtfully appointed with 42” flatscreen televisions, wireless internet access and complete kitchenettes.For a longer stay settle into an exclusive art inspired residential suite.Olsen is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest living painters and won the Archibald Prize in 2005 for his portrait Self Portrait Janus Faced.Experience Olsen’s charm, wit and passion for life. ... more   less 
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