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Episode 37: Art Series Hotels

On this week's series finale of Postcards for 2015, the team take you to the very stylish and iconic Art Series Hotels located in Melbourne and beyond, pairing them up with the best surrounding places to shop, eat and explore. Shane travels to The Blackman Hotel on St Kilda Road, taking one of their hire bikes for a spin at nearby Fawkner Park. Brodie visits The Larwill Studio in Parkville teaming it with The Parkville Store close by for a healthy lunch. Glen finds himself in Bendigo at The Schaller Studio and then at popular steakhouse The Woodhouse. Lauren reveals The Cullen Hotel in trendy Prahran and takes an Art Aficionado Tour of nearby galleries. Lastly, Rebecca stays nearby in South Yarra at The Olsen Hotel and shops at iconic designer boutique Le Louvre.

'The Blackman' Art Series Hotel 

Inspired by the whimsical art work of Charles Blackman, The Blackman Hotel on St Kilda Road Melbourne, offers boutique style, spacious luxury rooms from their Studio Suite Balcony to their Penthouses, all adorned with Blackman's dreamy paintings and sculptures. Pick up freshly baked breads or treats at Fleur Depot De Pain just next door, or whisk yourself away to discover the sites nearby with their bicycles or smart cars for hire.

The Blackman 452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Ph 1800 278 468

Fleur Depot De Pain
452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Ph 9039 1122

The Larwill Studio

Defined by his bright and playful works, the legacy of artist David Larwill lives on at The Larwill Studio Hotel in Parkville. Appropriately named 'workspaces' feature Larwill's refreshingly childlike works, fitted out with bold and colourful furnishings. Take advantage of its close proximity to the CBD, Melbourne Zoo and local shops such as Parkville Store; an old fashioned eatery taking you back in time with home cooked meals and a cabinet full of your favourite childhood lollies.

The Larwill Studio
48 Flemington Road, Parkville
Ph 1800 278 468

Parkville Store
52 Morrah Street, Parkville
Ph 03 9041 4727

Schaller Art Series Hotel 

The Schaller Studio in Bendigo pays homage to artist Mark Schaller, in its spacious, edgy spaces filled with original paintings and sculptures. Admire bold, bright and abstract paintings in every room; wander through the gardens dotted with original sculptures or fuel up at The Pantry for local, hearty and healthy fare. Explore more of Bendigo's local cuisine and sink your teeth into a flame grilled steak at award winning The Woodhouse restaurant.

The Schaller Studio
Corner Lucan and Bayne Street, Bendigo
Ph 1800 278 468

The Woodhouse
101 Williamson Street, Bendigo
Ph 03 5443 8671      

The Cullen Art Series Hotel and Art Aficionado Tour

The Cullen Hotel in Prahran is just as stylish as its surroundings. Decorated by the daring and thought-provoking artwork of Adam Cullen, the hotel will have your creative juices flowing, whether it's in one of their artistically fitted out suites, New York style Garmercy Bistro or at the sun filled Cullen Rooftop. If you're a true art enthusiast, enjoy Art Aficionado's informative tours of the area's best galleries.

The Cullen 164 Commercial Road, Prahran
Ph 1800 278 468

Art Aficionado Tours

Signed and Numbered 153 Greville Street, Prahran
Ph 03 9077 6468

Gould Galleries 270 Toorak Rd, South Yarra
Ph 03 9827 8482

The Olsen and Le Louvre

Situated in the fashionable district of South Yarra, The Olsen Hotel boasts elegant suites, unbeatable views of Melbourne and lavish, lyrical art decorated walls by Archibald Prize winner Dr John Olsen. Eat regional produce at Spoonbill restaurant, swim in their glass-bottomed pool or shop at some of Melbourne's most exclusive fashion boutique stores such as Le Louvre just around the corner.

The Olsen
637 – 641 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Ph 1800 278 468

Le Louvre
2 Daly Street, South Yarra
Ph 03 9650 1300