Designer hotel brand Ovolo has just opened the doors to their latest project – Ovolo South Yarra Hotel.
The 123-room hotel exudes retro glamour and disco charm. Its unique interior design is something right out of the pages of Vogue Living.
From the free mini-bar to the rockstar ‘Sonny and Cher’ suite and the in-house vegan-friendly restaurant Lona Misa, your stay at Ovolo South Yarra will be anything but dull.
The Ovolo South Yarra hotel can be found at the famed intersection of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in Melbourne’s cultural hub.
This is not your average hotel.
The lobby walls are decorated with pop art and the room is centred around a neon fireplace with red and orange flue.
Check-in is simple – just approach the friendly hotel staff who stand behind a mighty concrete reception desk that’s worth the weight of two elephants (six tonnes to be exact).
I stayed in the aptly named ‘Boogie Room’ on the sixth and top floor of the hotel. It’s a micro-room perfect for business trips and intimate stays but considering its tiny label it’s really quite generous. The room is 25 square metres, has a king bed and a bathroom with a shower.
Turns out Ovolo Hotels didn’t splurge all their design budget on the lobby – the rooms are just as impressive.
In keeping with the retro theme, there’s a bold graphic feature wall. It’s offset by an arched bedhead with an even groovier geometric print. Round pendant lights that resemble disco balls drop from the ceiling on either side of the bed.
Even though the hotel’s style takes a nod to the 70s they’ve seamlessly integrated modern technology into the room. It’s got Chromecast, Bose Bluetooth speakers, a 55” 4K UHD Smart TV and superspeed Wi-Fi.
Ovolo has thought of everything for the modern traveller. The room features under-bed storage, hanging racks, multiple USB and international plug sockets, a hairdryer and an in-room water station to hydrate guests while reducing plastic waste.
The room is full of quirky personal touches such as ‘who gives a crap’ toilet paper (clearly Ovolo Hotels love puns as much as I do).
If you’re anything like me and love a freebie you will love Ovolo Hotel South Yarra. You’ll find a loot bag on your bed upon entry. Mine had a yoga mat, cap and umbrella (suitable for unpredictable Melbourne weather).
My personal favourite was the free mini-bar decked out with Deakin Estate wines and Moondog Lagers. Plus a little goodie bag of late-night snacks (yes I’m talking complimentary Tim-Tams).
Live like a rockstar
Ovolo South Yarra has nine different room types, including the Rockstar Suites. Two suites are dedicated to the golden era’s most famed lyrical lovers, ‘Sonny & Cher’ and ‘John & Yoko’.
Stay in either suite to add a little extra flair to your stay. Their design is a suitable tribute to the rock gods, featuring original art by renowned street artist Mr. Brainwash.
The 44-square-metre Rockstar Suites include all the usual amenities plus more. Enjoy the extra space with the double vanity bathroom, sofa bed and sitting area with coffee table and your own personal cocktail bar.
Rooms start at $195 a night. All rooms include breakfast at Lona Misa and a social hour – meaning the first round of drinks is on Ovolo Hotels.
Your stay includes access to a 24-hour gym and a self-service laundry.
A basement level within the Ovolo South Yarra Hotel offers an edgy space event space to host corporate functions. The space can cater for serious meetings, group Yoga or a movie night.
It’s also just a great place to hangout. There’s arcade games, a pool table and a lightup dancefloor.
What to do
Whether you’re at Ovolo South Yarra Hotel for a staycation, a family visit or a business trip its location means there’s plenty to do in a short amount of time.
Chapel Street shopping is right around the corner (quite literally). Mosy down the famed shopping strip and window shop (or make a purchase) at homeware, clothing, art and jewellery retailers.
Food lovers should head to Prahan Market an easy 10-minute walk from Ovolo South Yarra Hotel. The Melbourne market has the best range of fruit and veg, deli meats, flowers, seafood and more.
Check out Maker & Monger for the best cheese and visit Naheda’s Choice for a sweet treat of handmade Turkish delight.
Or if you’re more into fitness (or just looking to burn off those cheese samples) crank up the heat at One Hot Yoga. Here you’ll improve your balance, strength and focus.
Ovolo Hotels Australia-wide and beyond
Not staying in South Yarra? No problems Ovolo Hotels have designer hotels across Australia and Hong Kong. Check them all out.
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