The Olsen Melbourne - Art Series

- South Yarra, Melbourne

637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC
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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.

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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
2pm
Check-out Time
11am
Reception Hours
24 hours
Smoking
This hotel is 100% non-smoking
Parking
Self parking: $32/night
Valet: $40 (per 24 hours)
Party Policy
The Olsen has a strict NO PARTY POLICY and is enforced to ensure the comfort of all our guests.
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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.

Room Types

Our Studio Suites allow for an inspired stay, a combined living and work space with an abundance of natural light and fresh air. For a boutique hotel in South Yarra, The Olsen's Studio Suites combine inspiring living and working spaces with plenty of natural light and fresh air. John Olsen's large lyrical prints and stylish designer furnishings will ensure you feel right at home. Full kitchenette facilities incorporating modern appliances allow you to prepare your own fare, or snack on the mini-bar treats sourced from local producers. Your Studio Suite comes complete with 42”HD flat screen TV with Foxtel and art channel, high-speed internet and ipod docking station. Retreat and unwind in our Art Series Signature Beds then sleep soundly amongst the John Olsen artwork, something you'll only find in our boutique hotel in South Yarra.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Art library and large prints
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer finishings
  • 42 inch flat screen TV
  • IPod docking station
  • Disabled access rooms available on request
  • Cot available on request
  • Varying views available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month

Soak up the extra leg room. Enjoy open plan living with two queen sized beds and work space filled with natural light in the Deluxe Studio Suite Twin. For those seeking a South Yarra boutique hotel with a little more leg room, our open plan Deluxe Studio Suite Twin has space to stretch out with the choice of two Art Series Signature queen beds and more floor space. Our suite is home to a combined living and working space with ample natural light and fresh air. Large lyrical prints and stylish designer furnishings will ensure you feel right at home. Full kitchenette facilities including modern appliances and dishwasher allow you to prepare your own fare, or snack on the mini-bar treats sourced from local producers. Your Deluxe Studio Suite Twin comes complete with 42”HD flat screen TV with Foxtel and art channel, high-speed internet and iPod docking station. Escape to our South Yarra boutique hotel today and enjoy all the creature comforts of The Olsen's Deluxe Studio Suite Twin.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings
  • 42 inch flat screen TV
  • iPod connection
  • Art library
  • Private bathroom
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month

Our Two Bedroom Open Plan Suites are an inspired and luxurious option for group accommodation in South Yarra offering plenty of natural light and fresh air. The Deluxe Two Bedroom Balcony Suite boasts plenty of room and two of the much talked about King sized Art Series Signature beds. Enjoy fresh air and South Yarra views from your own balcony and maintain your own personal privacy with separate bedrooms and ensuites. The Two Bedroom Deluxe Balcony Suites are a home away from home for groups looking to enjoy a boutique hotel stay. With large lyrical Olsen prints and stylish designer furnishings, full kitchenette facilities incorporating modern appliances and open plan living and working spaces, the suites enjoy all The Olsen's creature comforts. Roam stylish South Yarra's nightlife and fashion scene, or stay in and enjoy the room's 42”HD flat screen TV with Foxtel and art channel, high-speed internet and mini Bluetooth speaker for all your favourite tunes.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working and living space
  • Advanced kitchenette facilities with modern cooking appliances, utensils & crockery
  • Varying views of South Yarra and Chapel Street
  • Mini Bluetooth speaker
  • Rollaway bed available on request, charges apply
  • Cot available on request
  • Bathtub
  • Stay for a night or a month

The open plan Studio Suite Balcony allows for a little more leg room with King or Queen size Art Series bedding and more floor space, further complemented by the freedom that comes with your own private balcony. The open plan Studio Suite Balcony at our desirable Melbourne hotel allows for a little more leg room with King or Queen size Art Series Signature bedding and more floor space, further complimented by the freedom that comes with your own private balcony. The Olsen's Studio Suites combine inspired living and working spaces with plenty of natural light and fresh air. Large lyrical prints of John Olsen's artworks and stylish designer furnishings will ensure you feel right at home. Full kitchenette facilities featuring modern appliances give you the choice to prepare your own fare or snack on the mini-bar morsels. A large 42” flat screen TV with Foxtel and dedicated art channel will keep you entertained, as will high-speed internet and an iPod docking station. Retreat and unwind then sleep soundly our Art Series Signature Beds.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Art library and large prints
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer finishings
  • Advanced kitchenette available on request
  • Private balcony
  • IPod docking station
  • Varying views available
  • Cot available on request
  • Varying views available on request
  • Inter-connecting rooms available on request
  • Bathtub available on request

Stretch out and enjoy the ambient and spacious living room and separate bedroom of the One Bedroom Suite. Relish in the comfort and location of our boutique accommodation in South Yarra. For an edgy and unique hotel in South Yarra without sacrificing space, our One Bedroom Suite allows you to allows you to spread out and enjoy the ambient and spacious living room and separate bedroom. Featuring an Art Series Signature Queen size bed to cosy up in and a fully equipped kitchenette with modern appliances and private ensuite bathroom, each One Bedroom Suite comes complete with 42”HD flat screen TV with Foxtel and art channel, high-speed internet and iPod docking station. Lyrical Olsen prints, something you'll only find in our hotel in South Yarra, adorn the walls of your suite, whilst full kitchenette facilities and stylish designer furnishings complete the experience to ensure you feel right at home.

  • Art Series Signature Queen Bedding
  • Separate bedroom and living area & kitchenette with designer fittings
  • 42" inch flat screen TV
  • iPod connection
  • Art library
  • Balcony
  • Rollaway bed available on request, charges apply
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month

The John Olsen Penthouse captures all of the magic and charm of John Olsen infused with the ultimate in premium luxury accommodation. Be inspired and mesmerised by the elegant John Olsen Penthouse. Capturing the refinement and charm of John Olsen alongside the energy and of charisma of Chapel Street, experience the ultimate in boutique luxury accommodation. Located atop the 14th floor, The John Olsen Penthouse offers 160 square meters of tranquil and contemporary living space with stunning Melbourne CBD views. With two private bedrooms, king sized Art Series signature beds, private ensuites, walk in robes, gas fireplace, three 42” HD flat screen TVs, full gourmet kitchen and dining table for 10, it is your own private sanctuary. Take pleasure in the sweeping views of Melbourne or soak your worries away in the eight-seater balcony spa while looking out over Chapel Street’s thriving art, fashion and culture scene. Plus you'll have complimentary access to our eco-friendly Smart Cars to make zipping around town easy. The ultimate luxury hotel in Melbourne, The Olsen's Penthouse is highlighted by photographs and original John Olsen artworks including the drawing Fruit of Life created by John Olsen during a dinner party with the owners, a nude drawing with fig leaf to obscure the more intimate details. *Strict entertainment policy applies for this room category, please see reception for details.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan living and areas with walk in wardrobe
  • Original John Olsen artworks
  • Timber dining table for 10 guests
  • Gas open fire place
  • Bose sound system
  • Gourmet outdoor BBQ
  • Outdoor sun lounge
  • Outdoor heating
  • Outdoor spa
  • Complimentary Smart Car hire (Bookings required)
  • Rollaway bed available on request, charges apply
  • Cot available on request
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Balcony
  • City views
  • Stay for a night or a month

For open plan living in a South Yarra hotel, our Deluxe Studio Suites allow for a little more leg room with King or Queen sized Art Series Signature bedding and more floor space, as well as a state of the art kitchenette with dishwasher and modern appliances. The combined living and working space is filled with natural light and fresh air, and large lyrical Olsen prints and stylish furnishings will ensure you feel right at home. Full kitchenette facilities allow you to prepare your own fare, or snack on the mini-bar treats sourced from local producers. Each Deluxe Studio Suite comes complete with 42”HD flat screen TV with Foxtel and art channel, high-speed internet and iPod docking station, to take care of all the creature comforts. Capture your creative side this holiday and stay in Art Series coveted South Yarra hotel.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings
  • 42 inch flat screen TV
  • iPod connection
  • Art library
  • Disabled access rooms available on request
  • Baths available on request
  • Rollaway bed available on request, charges apply
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month

Open plan suites allow for an inspiring combined living and working space with plenty of natural light and fresh air. Perfect for group accommodation in Melbourne, The Olsen’s Two Bedroom Open Plan Suites provide a roomy and inspired combined living and working space with plenty of natural light and fresh air. Boasting large lyrical Olsen prints and stylish designer furnishings, separate living spaces and full kitchenette facilities that incorporate modern appliances, there's space to enjoy all the creature comforts The Olsen has on offer. A large 42” flat screen TV with Foxtel and dedicated art channel will keep you entertained, as will high-speed internet and an iPod docking station to play your favourite tunes.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Bathtub
  • Open plan working and living space
  • Varying views of CBD and Chapel Street
  • Rollaway bed available on request, charges apply
  • Cot available on request
  • Advanced kitchenette
  • Stay for a night or a month

The Lake Eyre Penthouse is the ultimate in luxury living, taking in all the delights that Melbourne has to offer with panoramic city skyline views. Be inspired and mesmerised by the sheer style of the Lake Eyre Penthouse. Capturing the creative flare and charisma of John Olsen, as well as the energy and buzz of Chapel Street, you will experience the ultimate luxury accommodation in Melbourne. Located on the 14th floor, The Lake Eyre Penthouse offers an expansive living space both inside and out. The large open-plan design includes both lounge and dining room spaces as well as a master king-sized room featuring signature Art Series bedding. Alongside this, the penthouse features a vast outdoor entertainment area and also includes its own herb garden, vitamin D therapy deck, and separate cold 17-degree plunge pool and 30-degree hydrotherapy spa, providing the ultimate in relaxation and detoxification. Plus you'll have complimentary access to our eco-friendly Smart Cars to make zipping around town easy. Enjoy the spectacular sweeping Melbourne CBD skyline views or take in the sights of Chapel Street, Melbourne’s premier shopping strip. The ultimate luxury accommodation in Melbourne, the Penthouse is highlighted by original John Olsen artworks to make your stay that little bit extra special. *Strict entertainment policy applies for this room category, please see reception for details.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan living and work areas with walk in wardrobe
  • Bose sound system
  • Plunge pool
  • Heated Spa
  • Herb garden
  • Outdoor entertainment area
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Complimentary Smart Car hire (Bookings required)
  • Cot available on request
  • Private balcony
  • Extensive views of Melbourne
  • Stay for a night or a month

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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.