The Olsen Melbourne - Art Series

- South Yarra, Melbourne

637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC
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Important information:

In accordance with recent Government directives in response to slowing the spread of COVID-19, Hotel facilities may experience temporary closures or changes to operating times and/or services provided. Please contact our reception for further details. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding during this time.

Important information:
South Yarra is experiencing a period of transformation, which at times is causing excess noise in our area. We are doing our best to manage this and are here to assist throughout your stay.

The Olsen Melbourne - Art Series
637-641 Chapel Street
South Yarra, VIC  3141
Australia

Hotel Information

Check-in Time
2:00 PM
Check-out Time
11:00 AM
Reception Hours
24 hours
Smoking
This hotel is 100% non-smoking
Parking
Due to limited space within our porte cochere area, we recommend parking in our secure car park upon your arrival. Self-parking is $32 per night and can be accessed at the rear of the hotel, via Daly Street. Valet parking is available for $40 per night, please see a member of our guest experience team for assistance. All parking is subject to availability and in the instance that our car park is full, our guest experience team can recommend nearby parking facilities.
Party Policy
The Olsen has a strict NO PARTY POLICY and is enforced to ensure the comfort of all our guests. More Details
Bond Policy
Please note The Olsen requires a AUD$200 cash bond or credit card pre-authorisation on check in for all room types.
Early Arrivals & Late Departures
Check in time is 2pm and checkout time is 11am. Please call the hotel for any early arrival or late departure requests.

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Make Our Hotel, Your Home

Set on Melbourne’s prestigious Chapel Street, The Olsen offers travellers premier South Yarra accommodation with 224 elegant, spacious suites infused with the lyrical works of revered Australian landscape artist Dr John Olsen.

A breathtaking sculpture greet you on arrival, and large prints adorn all hallways and suites. This boutique South Yarra accommodation is complemented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants; you will be revelling in the Art of [Creature Comforts].

Features & Facilities

The Olsen Hotel introduces South Yarra to a new level of luxury boutique accommodation. A true expression of the Art of [Creature Comforts], The Olsen Hotel in Melbourne is complete with first class facilities and a range of services to ensure every aspect of your stay is taken care of. Enjoy boutique service and the facilities in and around our luxury Melbourne hotel, including:

Services

  • Enjoy 24 hour reception, concierge and room service
  • Secure luggage storage area
  • Conference and event facilities
  • Walls adorned with art and sculptures by Dr John Olsen
  • Spoonbill Restaurant and Bar
  • Norbu Urban Retreat - Day Spa
  • Full kitchenettes in every room
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Complimentary wireless in hotel restaurants
  • Family friendly
  • Car parking is available on site (fee)
  • In House Art Curator
  • Airport transfers (for an additional fee)
  • Limousine service (for an additional fee)
  • Babysitting services (for an additional fee)
  • 24 hour room service
  • Valet service
  • Guest laundry and same day laundry
  • Smart Car hire
  • Vintage inspired Lekker bicycle hire
  • Complimentary Bugaboo Bee 3 pram hire
  • Local tours
  • High fashion strip within minutes
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars of South Yarra, Prahran and Windsor
  • Glass bottomed pool and sun deck (currently unavailable for guest use)
  • Onsite gymnasium
  • Disabled facilities and wheel chair accessible rooms

Zip around town

Hire one of The Olsen Smart Cars, Lekker Bicycles or Scooters.

Stay fit or unwind

Stick to your fitness regime away from home in our onsite gymnasium or if a more challenging workout is needed, please see our Guest Experience Team and they can help you with a guest pass at Snap Fitness, located within a 5 minute walk. If you need to relax and unwind why not head to the Norbu Urban Retreat.

Take a tour

Learn about the works of John Olsen with a tour with our in-house Art Curator.

Gallery


Dining

Dining 

Drawing inspiration from John Olsen’s love of all things Australian, Spoonbill’s menu offers a multi-faceted paddock to plate experience. Highlighting the origin, delivery and special characteristics of the food, Spoonbill will leave visitors with an enlightened mind and satisfied belly.

Inspiration gained from Olsen’s Mediterranean travels makes its way into the Spoonbill menu, with his favourite Paella dish making a special appearance.  Olsen first learned to cook Paella in the 1950’s and it’s been a reoccurring theme in his work ever since.  Inspired by the shape and the array of colours in the dish, he compares the traditional Spanish meal to an art masterpiece.

Designed by Grant Amon Architects, Spoonbill is one of the most unique restaurants in South Yarra with its combination of new and recycled pieces.  Enjoy a local brew with tapas at the bar, reserve the private dining room for up to 12 people or enjoy a balmy evening outside on the Daly Street terrace.  Whatever takes your fancy, pull up a pew and make Spoonbill your home away from home.

Opening Hours

  • Breakfast: 7:00AM – 10:30AM weekdays and 7:30AM – 11:00AM weekends and public holidays.
  • Lunch: 12:00PM – 3:00PM Friday and Saturday.
  • Dinner: 5:00PM - late Tuesday to Saturday 
  • Bar Snacks & Drinks: 3:00PM – late Tuesday to Saturday

Bookings

For restaurant bookings, please call 03 9040 1333 or email spoonbill@artserieshotels.com.au

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John Olsen
The Olsen

John Olsen

John Olsen was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1928. He studied briefly at the Desiderius Orban Art School and also attended night classes at Julian Ashton’s school of art, studying under John Passmore. He is recognised as one of Australia’s most significant and accomplished artists.

From 1956-1960 Olsen lived abroad and journeyed from England to Paris and then to Portugal, Spain and the Island of Majorca. Later travels included Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and America. In 1970 he was commissioned by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation to paint a large mural for the Sydney Opera House. This major work, inspired by Kenneth Slessor’s poem, ‘Salute to five Bells’ was completed in 1973. Olsen has also travelled extensively throughout Australia introducing a spiritual and mystical insight into the landscapes he paints and the life that inhabits them.

After his early abstract works of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s his work became increasingly figurative and recognisable forms developed as his brush danced and walked rapidly across the canvas. He has given us a new interpretation of the Australian scene, redefining the Australian landscape by shifting the viewpoint from ground level to aerial perspective thus creating the horizon-less landscape. The viewer could now observe the meandering rivers and billabongs and experience the landscape as a geographical painted map. Olsen has painted the subtle tones of the deserts in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, the precarious balance of life and death surrounding Central Australia’s Lake Eyre, and South Australia’s Coorong National Park where he explored the complex inhabitants of the wetlands and the microscopic ecological drama beneath the water line. Olsen’s deep commitment and sensitivity to the natural environment is evident in all of his landscapes.

His portraits of Passmore, Rees, Bonnard, Rothko, Degas, Renoir and other admired artists of the past, Mediterranean culture, the food, the sun and his passion for Oriental philosophy and calligraphy have provided the inspiration essential to his oeuvre. His creative output has been enormous and he has worked in a variety of media including tapestry, ceramics, oils, watercolours and gouache and has created a body of work which has assured his place in the history of Australian art. He has also produced some of the most collectable portfolios of prints ever published in this country. Lake Eyre and the Desert Sea, Edge of the Void, Earth Hold, Spring in the Valley, Down Under, Summer at Owls wood, New York Nowhere and Seaport of Desire.

From his early print-making days at Stanley Hayter’s in Paris to the present day Olsen has collaborated with many of the finest master print-makers, and his contribution to Australian Print-making is unequalled. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all State Galleries, numerous regional galleries and many private and corporate collections. He has won the Wynne Prize in 1969 and 1985, the Sulman Prize in1989, the Archibald Prize 2005 and been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1977 and an Order of Australia (AO) in 2001 for services to the arts.

Wedding

Weddings

Featuring award-winning interior design and a boutique experience, The Olsen is nestled in at the north end of Melbourne's iconic Chapel Street precinct. Take pleasure in spectacular, sweeping Melbourne skyline views in the John Olsen, Lake Eyre Penthouses and enjoy poolside views on Level 1.

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Conference

Conferences

Featuring award-winning interior design, The Olsen is nestled at the north end of Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street precinct. Our event spaces, Galleries I-IV, offer multiple flexible setup and abundant inspiration for your team. Ideal for all events in Melbourne, such as a day seminar or a week-long boutique residential conference, The Olsen's six unique meeting spaces provide the perfect backdrop. Download Conference Kit »

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Experiences

The Olsen is set in the premier location of Chapel Street, South Yarra. There are a range of ways you can get to The Olsen from the major airports and Melbourne's CBD.

Chapel Street is one of Melbourne’s favourite cultural hubs. A myriad of restaurants, modern galleries, and chic boutiques line the streets, creating a bustling atmosphere and heady mixture of local and international style right on your doorstep.

The Yarra River winds its way through the city centre, connecting monuments from Chapel St to Federation Square and Southbank through to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The river is a real focal point of the city, and many say that Melbourne “grew from the banks of the Yarra”.

Since being built in 1853, The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has been Melbourne’s most iconic sporting venue. Every year, more than four million people come to “the ‘g” to experience one of more than eighty events, including cricket test matches, rugby State of Origin games and the annual AFL Grand Final.

Things to do in Melbourne

  • Bourke Street Mall
  • Melbourne Central shopping
  • Free City Circle trams
  • Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct
  • Chinatown
  • Federation Square
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Melbourne Aquarium
  • Eureka Tower
  • Flinders St Station

Melbourne events not to miss

  • Grand Prix - March
  • AFL Finals - September
  • Melbourne Cup - November
  • Australian Open Tennis - January
  • Chinese New Year - January
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival - March-April
  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - February-March
  • Melbourne Fashion Festival - March
  • ICC Cricket World Cup - February

Location

Contact Information
637-641 Chapel Street
South Yarra, VIC 3141
Australia

Points of Interest

  • Melbourne CBD - 4.5 km
  • Melbourne Airport - 29 km
  • Avalon Airport - 60 km

Directions

Public Transport
The Olsen is conveniently located within Zone 1 of Melbourne's public transport system. Tickets are available for purchase from the Reception desk at the hotel.

Train
The hotel is located just 550m to the South Yarra railway station, a premium train station that services the Sandringham, Frankston, Pakenham and Cranbourne lines. It takes just 4 minutes via train to Flinders Street Station.

Trams
Directly outside The Olsen catch one of the iconic W-Class trams on Route 78 North Richmond - Prahran. Alternatively, just a minute walk away there is a metropolitan tram stop Route 8 Moreland -Toorak that takes you directly into the city via St Kilda Road and the Royal Botanic Gardens.


Hotel Policies

Bonds
Please note The Olsen requires a AUD$200 cash bond or credit card pre-authorisation on check in for all room types.
Car Parking
Due to limited space within our porte cochere area, we recommend parking in our secure car park upon your arrival. Self-parking is $32 per night and can be accessed at the rear of the hotel, via Daly Street. Valet parking is available for $40 per night, please see a member of our guest experience team for assistance. All parking is subject to availability and in the instance that our car park is full, our guest experience team can recommend nearby parking facilities.
Early Arrivals & Late Departures
Check in time is 2pm and checkout time is 11am. Please call the hotel for any early arrival or late departure requests.