Art-themed Hotels Debut in Melbourne

In late 2009, the first of six new Art Series Hotels opened in Melbourne. The first of their kind in the Australian city, each will be named after and inspired by a famous Australian artist and provide art-loving guests with a unique visual experience. No two hotels are the same. 

The first of the series, The Cullen, opened in December. Located in the inner-city suburb of Prahran, the $48 million development, inspired by the works of Australian artist Adam Cullen, houses more than 450 of his works. It has 115 rooms, several eateries and a rooftop with a garden, private bungalows and cocktail bar with uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s skyline. Cullen’s prints, featured throughout the property, are also for sale and private art tours can be arranged. Rates start at $210 per night.

The Olsen, a $90 million development and flagship hotel for the group, is slated to open in February 2010. Named after renowned painter John Olsen, the property will be on Melbourne’s premier shopping strip, Chapel Street. The 15-story hotel will feature 239 rooms and the world’s largest glass bottomed swimming pool.

A third Art Series Hotel, The Blackman, is inspired by artist Charles Blackman and set to open in April. Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, the hotel will have 207 rooms and suites, some of which will have private terraces and spas. The remaining three Art Series Hotels are set to open before the end of 2011.