Melbourne is a city known as the heart of art in Australia. As the creative core of Australia, we decided to stay at The Olsen hotel, part of the popular Art Series Hotel Group. The Art Series Hotel Group has commissioned local artists to decorate their hotels around the magnificent city of Melbourne. These artistic oases combine creativity and design all into one beautiful package. Out of the four hip hotels in the Art Series Hotel Group, we chose to stay at The Olsen, with its hip South Yarra residence, it was in perfect proximity to fabulous shopping and the bustling CBD (Central Business District) of Melbourne.


The rooms at The Olsen were stylishly decorated and the perfect place to rest for a long weekend in Melbourne. The “rooms” are really more like mini-apartments or guest suites, filled with a plush king size bed, a workspace, a relaxation chaise lounge, and it even had a kitchen! We absolutely loved having the ability to cook a quick meal in the comfort of our own room.

While there is so much constant action in Melbourne, I didn’t mind spending a great deal of my time in the heavenly beds of The Olsen. My absolute favorite part of the room was the plush robes The Olsen provides. If we weren’t traveling around the world, I would have had to take one of those robes home with me!


The main restaurant at The Olsen, Spoonbill, lives up to the hype. We noshed on a delicious healthy breakfast; I chose the greens breakfast with poached eggs and Scott chose a quinoa breakfast with poached eggs. We topped these breakfasts off with almond milk flat whites to get our day going!

If you don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your own room (which you probably won’t because those beds are epic), you can have a meal from Spoonbill delivered directly to your room! Wrap yourself in one of their plush robes and treat yourself to breakfast (or dinner!) in bed.


The amenities and options at The Olsen are endless.

The Pool: Dive into the luxurious upper deck pool at The Olsen. Soak in the sun while peering over the ledge at the city below.

The Sundeck: Soak in the warming Melbourne sun at The Olsen’s sundeck. Sunbathe on the roof deck or you can even play a game of chess on the oversized chessboard.

The Gym: Stay in shape on the road with The Olsen’s gym. Filled with free weights and cardio machines, it’s the perfect place to get your pump on.

Bicycles: With all of its outdoor public space, Melbourne is the perfect place to be outside. Use one to bike across the river or on of the many paths around the city. For greater detail, The Olsen has a map of routes in the area.

Smart Cars: For the visitor that wants to explore the city or perhaps the Great Ocean Road by car, The Olsen has a plethora of smart cars for hire.


Overall, our long weekend at The Olsen was relaxing and luxurious and the perfect place to recharge on our travels. We can’t wait to return to Melbourne and stay at one of the other Art Series hotels!

Thank you to The Olsen for hosting us as their guests. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely our own.

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