Kate Atkinson

The Olsen

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The Olsen Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar.

Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar.

The Olsen An artsy postcard collection greets you <br data-src=

An artsy postcard collection greets you
in the room to get you in the curator mood.

The Olsen An eye catching giant Olsen work greets you in the lobby.

An eye catching giant Olsen work greets you in the lobby.

The Olsen Cute mini bar touch: my own painting kit.

Cute mini bar touch: my own painting kit.

The Olsen My room – just off Chapel St, Melbourne’s best shopping <br data-src=

My room – just off Chapel St, Melbourne’s best shopping
boulevard, with Topshop just round the corner.

The Olsen Hotel Pool. Slick, and with a view of Chapel <br data-src=

Hotel Pool. Slick, and with a view of Chapel
Street and the Melbourne City Streets.

The Olsen Chic & striped pool towels.

Chic & striped pool towels.

The Olsen Super cool signage with John Olsen <br data-src=

Super cool signage with John Olsen
(Aussie artist) artwork to set the tone.

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

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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

    229

  • Music

    Conceptual art gramophone meets eerie elevator.

  • Year Opened

    2010

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Yes.

  • Price

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

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