Art Hotel: Ovolo Laneways
This modern design den has all the trappings of a luxury boutique hotel with a bohemian twist.
Words: Camilla Wagstaff
The hotel’s dramatic concierge-style reception, moody corridors accentuated by bright doors, and illuminated custom artworks are inspired by Melbourne’s hidden laneways and iconic street art.
Situated at the top end of Little Bourke Street, the hotel is literally footsteps away from many of Melbourne’s prime art offerings.
Walk to Melbourne CBD’s top commercial galleries in a flash: It’s a less than two-minute amble to Neon Parc, five minutes to Tolarno Galleries and Sarah Scout Presents, 10 minutes to Arc One and Murray White Room, and 15 to Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Stroll down to the Yarra to visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, then head across the river to the National Gallery of Victoria (approx. 25 minutes’ walk).
Or head north to Fitzroy, where Alcaston Gallery, This Is No Fantasy, Daine Singer and Sutton Gallery are all within walking distance.
It’s a 30-minute walk or 15-minute cab to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, which hosts the Melbourne Art Fair biennially in June. You’re also well positioned to take a taxi or public transport further afield.
Each room offers a flat-screen television, an iPad Mini and Ovolo’s signature Freebies when you book direct on Ovolohotels.com – high speed Wi-Fi, in-room mini-bar and self-serve laundry. Smart space planning and joinery components also allow guests to reconfigure the rooms to suit their needs.
A basic Studio starts at around AUD $299 per night. Larger groups can choose the 2 Bedroom Suite – with separate lounge, dining and two generous bedrooms – from about AUD $499 per night.
The Terrace Suite – with a spacious living area, two bedrooms and your own sun soaked private terrace – starts from around AUD $699 per night, while the Penthouse – with private jacuzzi spa – starts from around AUD $799 per night.