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The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne

The Olsen is one of the luxury Art Series Hotels in Melbourne inspired by and dedicated to Australian artists. Each hotel is themed against its namesake, in this instance John Olsen. Original art works and giclée prints, which are individually produced, give the feeling of staying in a well-appointed gallery.

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne
The Olsen

Welcoming you into The Olsen is The Yellow Sun and The Yarra by John Olsen which depicts the living river through the heart of the city and was commissioned for The Olsen hotel and a sculpture of one of Olsen’s fascination, Frog.

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne
Lekker Bicycles

You can take in the surrounding streets and parks on a vintage inspired Lekker bicycle,

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne
Smart Cars

or zip around town with eco-friendly smart cars then slip into a parking spot with ease. Electric scooters are also available.

Studio Suite 211

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne
Suite 211

Suite 211 at The Olsen is welcoming with a nod to its name. Art is in the decor and on the wall as well as in art books. It’s easy to relax in this haven after a day’s wander around shop, galleries or business meetings before taking in the surrounding night life of South Yarra.

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne

If refreshments are taken in room, the lounge has a table and Louis XVI ghost armchairs as well as a working space. A selection of art books are there for reading under the watchful eye of a likeable Olsen frog.

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne
Wardrobe, mini bar and coffee/tea making

Wardrobe space is aplenty accompanied by drawer space, iron and a safe large enough for a laptop. A small kitchenette is available with coffee and tea making facilities.

The Olsen, South Yarra, MelbourneThe Bed

For those who treasure their sleep, a taste of luxury is delivered by the Art Series signature bedding which can be purchased. This is possibly the most comfortable bed around.

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne

The functional bathroom, with shower, provides plenty of room for toiletries in the space behind the large vanity mirrors.

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourneevo body toiletries

Toiletries are by evo body which provide a humorous reason for use.

Wifi is available in the room as well as in the hotel restaurants. Check in is at 2pm and check out isn’t until 11 am which affords a sleep in and breakfast.

Facilities: Sun Deck, Swimming Pool, Gymnasium

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne
Sun Deck

The warmth of the sun can be enjoyed in a circular lounge or maybe a game of chess,

The Olsen, South Yarra, MelbourneGlass Bottom Swimming Pool

while passers by can be viewed though the glass bottom pool.

The Olsen, South Yarra, MelbourneSwimming Pool

Almost like an ancient bath with the column in the water, you can take some laps as Melbourne moves outside.

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne

For those not wishing to pass up on their exercise regime, gym facilities are available.

The Olsen, South Yarra, Melbourne
Function Terrace

The Olsen has various spaces, penthouses and galleries suitable for events such as Lake Eyr Penthouse on the fourteenth floor which hosted the John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2015 event.

Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar

Spoonbill Restaurant and Bar
Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar

A la carte breakfast is served at Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar as well as lunch and dinner options. Read our review of Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar here.

The Olsen is a luxurious retreat and a relaxing, well-appointed base for holiday or business. The facilities and amenities allow for a pleasurable stay with the wonderful addition of being amongst great Australian art. With plenty of restaurants and cafes close by, boutique shopping and proximity to the CBD, a stay at The Olsen is one to repeat.

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

Gourmantic travelled to Melbourne and stayed at The Olsen as guests of Diageo Whisky Club.

The Olsen
637 – 641 Chapel St                                                                                                                        South Yarra VIC 3141

About the author

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke is the Co-Founder of Gourmantic. He was first carried onto a plane at 3 months old. He enjoyed it so much, most of his efforts have been to get back in them to travel. He has lived on 3 continents and in addition to his love of travel and food, he is passionate about wine, chocolate and music.

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