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The Blackman

Ingrid Fuary-Wagner goes through the looking glass with the latest instalment of the Art Series Hotels.

Welcome to the third instalment of the Art Series Hotels…The Blackman.

This time round the famous figurative painter Charles Blackman and his Alice in Wonderland series has inspired the design of the latest hotel.

With rooms decked out in pastel peach with intermittent bursts of coloured upholstery, the mix of modern with a cozier homely aesthetic leaves you feeling you too have fallen down the rabbit hole and landed in this quirky, surreal world of Lewis Carroll. Blackman’s paintings are playful and quirky with a touch of the macabre.

A slightly disoriented Alice and her rabbit sidekick follow you throughout the 16 floors of the hotel and you can’t help but be sucked into their surreal world – your stay becomes a sojourn from reality.





If you ever manage to find your way out of the rabbit hole (luckily it’s no labyrinth), the hotel is in an ideal location. On St Kilda Road in Melbourne’s commercial hub, it’s close to the CBD and only five minutes from the beach, with Blackman Smart Cars available for hire.

Short of offering a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the hotel has 2 dining options, a French patisserie and café, Depot de Pain, as well as an Italian pizzeria, Classico, designed by Foong + Sormann.


And just like the other 2 offerings from the Art Series Hotels, The Blackman features an in-house art curator and art library.

Once again, Art Series Hotels bring Australia’s foremost artists into your room, immersing you in their work.

The Blackman