The Luxe List 2015

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The art-filled hotel is dedicated to artist David Larwill.

The Luxe List 2015: The Larwill Studio, Melbourne, Australia

Named after one of Australia’s most philanthropic artists, David Larwill, Melbourne’s newest hotel is a colorful addition to the northern suburb of Parkville. The sixth property in Australia’s Art Series group, the 96-room Larwill Studio is a shrine to the late artist’s neo-expressionist creations with his prints, quotes, and books on display throughout. Guests are encouraged to take inspiration from Larwill’s playfully stylized human figures and animals: you can book an art tour of the hotel’s public spaces or retreat to your room and call in art supplies from the reception. A remarkable value for money, the Larwill Studio offers a host of perks, including lush EVO bathroom amenities and a complimentary in-room yoga and meditation channel, with mats available on request. But if you’re looking to get active, it’s hard to go past the Royal Park, which many rooms overlook. There are guided running groups through the gardens, and the hotel also rents out Lekker bikes. It’s a short ride into the city where cafés and restaurants abound, or to the fabled artisan food stalls of the nearby Queen Victoria Market.

61-3/9032-9111; Art Series Hotel; doubles from US$101

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