The luminous colors and sense of wonder that infuse Australian painter Charles Blackmanâ€™s Schoolgirl and Alice in Wonderland series have been translated into spatial form at this namesake lodgings. The third Art Series Hotel to open in Melbourne this past yearâ€”the other two are named for and feature art by Adam Cullen and John Olsen, respectivelyâ€”is located just outside the city center, making it well placed for both business or leisure travelers. Like its sibling hotels, The Blackman offers a quirky blend of culture and comfort; each of its 209 rooms features archival Blackman prints, an in-house art channel, a library of art tomes, and splashes of gemstone-bright color, as well as a kitchenette and a balcony overlooking either the city or one of Melbourneâ€™s expansive parks. Guests wanting to know more about Blackmanâ€™s oeuvre can book a tour with Jane Oâ€™Neill, the resident curator, and then stroll up the road to the National Gallery of Victoria.
452 St. Kilda Rd.; 61-3/9039-1444; artserieshotels.com.au; doubles from US$188
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