As part of the Art Series Hotel Group, the Olsen has become one of Melbourne’s trendiest destinations. It’s best described as a ‘five star hotel meets chic gallery’. Located in the South Yarra precinct, the ultra modern boutique hotel is surrounded by the city’s best restaurants, bars and upscale designer stores. Given its artistic origins (inspired by Australian artist, Dr John Olsen) the hotel attracts a creative crowd and is frequented by celebrity musicians (Justin Beiber), bloggers (Nicole Warne) and even athletes (the Williams sisters).
Let’s start with some of the things we really loved about The Olsen.
Firstly, the in-house day spa, Norbu, offers one of the best relaxation packages I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling. This peaceful oasis (amongst the bustling city) is perfect for those searching for a little R&R. It’s also worth mentioning that whilst Norbu provides traditional massages and treatments, the highlight of my experience was with the ‘electromagnetic wave pulse foot massager’ which basically feels like a million little hands alleviating the stress and tension from your feet. Then, there is the detox infrared box, also worth a try if you are interested in some modern therapies.
It’s difficult to review the Olsen and not mention its spectacular heated outdoor glass bottom swimming pool. It’s a stunning sight and beautiful all year round, not to mention that it overlooks the South Yarra skyline. If the pool doesn’t interest you then the view from the rooftop terrace definitely will. Then, after a full day of lounging around on the sunbeds, guests can head down to the Spoonbill Restaurant & Bar to taste the famous Melbourne coffee or savour some regional Australian produce.
However, there are a few minor setbacks that should be considered before your stay at The Olsen. Although nothing too detrimental, it's worth mentioning;
- Whilst the hotel does offer valet parking (for $25 p/day), availability is scarce and can become a problem if you are returning during peak periods (9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.)
- There is no complimentary water provided in the rooms, everything is charged as an additional cost
- Something as common as wi-fi is also charged as an additional cost
- It's not easy to get hold of the reception desk (via phone from your room) even though they are available 24/7