Saturday 15 August 2015

Art Series Hotel, Melboune

Last weekend, Chris and I were up and away on our travels again! This time, we took the hour flight from Sydney to Melbourne for a much needed chilled weekend. After our snowboarding trip the week before it was nice to melt into a comfy hotel room and experience some of the eateries the city had to offer. I’ve only been to Melbourne one time before and loved the diversity of brunch options and European feel to the city. I’ve been eyeing up The Art Series Hotels for a while and personally enjoy staying at a boutique style establishment over a large hotel chain. I love flicking through a hotels online gallery when each room is designed uniquely. 

So what makes The Art Series different? Each hotel takes design inspiration from a well known artist from a different creative background. The first hotel we had the pleasure of staying was The Olsen, which has 229 rooms located on Chapel Street. The hotel is inspired by abstract artist, John Olsen. He redefines the Australian Landscape from an aerial perspective. We arrived at the hotel at dusk, and being in a penthouse room we were lucky to crack open a bottle of bubbles to admire the city scape. We were so tired from a busy week we decided to order sushi to the room, enjoying a cosy night in before seeing more of the hotel in the morning. The alarm was set early for a quick caffeine fix and a meet up with a Melbourne blogger (all to be revealed in a few days). I was intrigued by the artwork and to explore the design aspect more. The pool is amazing! And being half inside half out, the heated pool was definitely inviting, especially with the steam escaping through the beams up through the roof terrace. They also have a cute coffee stand outside reception with Parisian inspired wicker furniture! Definitely got snapped for my Instagram!

We decided to grab a cab over to the next Art Series Hotel, The Blackman which is located on St Kilda Road. Inspired by artist, Charles Blackman, his art is poetic and probes the delicate world of human relationships. We were a little early for check in so dined in the restaurant downstairs for a hearty brunch and chai latte. Thankfully our room was ready in quick time so enjoyed some complimentary fudge (yum!) and got cracking on shooting my editorial style post that was published earlier this week. The room was a fashion dream, the furnishings and decor complimented my outfit perfectly! Clean crisp white sheets with golden notes throughout, it oozed European style and class. We also had a great view of Albert Park and Port Phillip Bay. It would be a perfect place to stay if visiting Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix. That evening we spoilt ourselves with Babu Burger where you design your own meal. Definitely a cheat day, I could no way finish mine! I think Chris was in hotel heaven being able to watch Fox Footy and his favourite team play in the comfort of our king sized bed! It’s so easy to have an early night in these hotels with the comfort of the beds and the quiet surroundings.

A visit to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without a trip to H&M and breakfast at The Grain Store. I love trying new places to eat, but discovered this little gem when I visited for Fashion Week, and was thoroughly impressed. Although the weather is a little colder than Sydney, it was nice to get away for a chilled weekend after the snow. Make sure you check out one of their hotels next time you are there! 

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