The Olsen Hotel, South Yarra $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The second and largest of three artist-themed digs from Art Series Hotels, the 229-room Olsen is also the most aesthetically accessible, standing firmly between the bad-boy boldness of The Cullen (Hot List 2010) and the garden-party whimsy of The Blackman. The colorful abstracts of Australian artist Dr. John Olsen include the striking 18-foot-long Yellow Sun over the Yarra in the foyer (guest rooms have reproductions, except for the Penthouse). Room design is appropriately serene against Olsen's strong creative statements: a pale champagne and silver palette, contemporary furnishings, and beds you hate to get out of. One of Olsen's signature images, the tree frog, is etched onto the translucent bathroom wall, and a chocolate frog adorns pillows at turndown. Built on fashionable Chapel Street, the Olsen contributes its share of fun to the hip suburb of South Yarraa sundeck and glass-bottom pool that hang over the street; and two fine restaurants, one Brazilian-inspired, the other Mediterranean. 2011 Hot List
Which room to book: For skyline views, throw open the sliding glass doors of one of the handful of two-bedroom Deluxe balcony suites on the higher floors.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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