Kate Atkinson

The Olsen

with Kate Atkinson
  • Where:Melbourne

  • Why:Work Trip

  • When:December 2012

  • Who:Me

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Highs & Lows

  • The Overstay Your Welcome Package – if you call the next day prior to check out and your room isn't booked, you get a complimentary night!

  • The twilight view of the city from the pool.

  • My own personal paint box in the minibar - it's like going to art school with accommodation thrown in for good measure.

  • The art documentaries on the TVs.

  • The lamps were a bit brash and offensive. The curtains were questionable too.

  • Hotel branding could use a tweak.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 38/0

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Hotel with an artsy skew

  • Vibe

    Boutique artisan chic.

  • Location

    Chapel Street. Shop, Shop, Shop! Five minutes taxi from the heart of the action, and perfectly civilized.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Conceptual art gramophone meets eerie elevator.

  • Year Opened


  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, below a rooftop terrace. Minimalist, but it works.

  • Restaurant

    Spoonbill. There's also a steakhouse called Steer next door which is not part of the hotel but you can charge to your room.

  • Bar

    Yes, chic and minimalist décor makes this a Prahran local fixture.

  • Wifi


  • Children


  • Price

    Given you're getting a gallery visit for free, fair.

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