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The Royce Review

The Royce Review

Melbourne has its fair share of hotels and we recently revealed our list of Melbourne’s Best Boutique Hotels to help narrow the search.  So, from our shortlist we chose to test drive 5 star boutique hotel, The Royce for our recent Melbourne getaway.

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Gambaro Hotel, Brisbane's newest luxury hotel

Gambaro Hotel, Brisbane's newest luxury hotel

Sophisticated and luxurious are not words usually synonymous with Brisbane’s inner-city Caxton Street. But that’s all about to change with the opening of Brisbane’s newest luxury boutique hotel, Gambaro Hotel. The strip has recently being gentrified with the addition of neighbouring hip watering hole Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall and cool gastro pub Statler & Waldorf making Caxton Street the entertainment hot spot once more.

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Melbourne's Best Boutique Hotels

Melbourne's Best Boutique Hotels

Melbourne is the ideal weekend getaway. This vibrant city boasts a wealth of things to see and do and has an unrivalled food scene. Whether you’re seeking high-end shopping, watch a sporting event, attend a foodie festivals or stroll art galleries, Melbourne offers it all.

For the ultimate getaway, we’ve handpicked Melbourne’s best boutique hotels. It’s all about luxury at these top establishments. 

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Sydney Sophistication at the Kirketon

Sydney Sophistication at the Kirketon

‘Boutique’ is a term often bandied about by hotels to describe various sizes and styles of accommodation, but fits perfectly with the Kirketon. This stylish small hotel in fashionable urban Darlinghurst, feels somewhere between a chic Parisian guesthouse or Italian Pensione while maintaining a distinctive Sydney identity.

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Limes Hotel - the ultimate rooftop bar

Limes Hotel - the ultimate rooftop bar

After five years of operation, Limes Hotel Brisbane has reinvented itself to provide guests with a new experience, something that gives people a sense of escapism.

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Art Series Studio to launch in Bendigo

Art Series Studio to launch in Bendigo

Art Series Hotel Group are set to open a new property in Bendigo, recently announcing Mark Schaller as the namesake artist. The hotel's official name is 'The Schaller Studio' and is due to open in May 2014.

Schaller, a well-respected Melbourne based artist, was a founding member of the ROAR studios in Melbourne; a bold group of artists united by their interests in Expressionism and Primitivism. He works fluently across a variety of art forms including sculpture, ceramics, and painting.

As a dynamic, mid-career contemporary artist, Schaller has exhibited broadly in Australia and has represented Australia in exhibitions at the Australian embassies in Singapore and in Tokyo. His work is held in key state collections at the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria as well as numerous private collections.

Schaller’s work will manifest in many forms throughout the hotel, from original paintings in each room, wooden, steel and bronze sculptures throughout the garden and an eight meter high mosaic on the entrance wall to the hotel. Many of the works will draw inspiration from Bendigo town and the surrounding region.

The Schaller Studio will be the first Art Series Studio hotel launched by the Art Series Hotel Group.  Art Series Studios are a unique art inspired hotel experience in a compact affordable format. 

Mark Schaller has been closely involved in the design process of The Schaller Studio, each workspace receiving a special Schaller touch.

Beyond their workspaces, guests will be treated to edgy communal spaces including book shelves filled with art journals, books and art utensils, as well as individual spaces for quiet reflection and creative work. The Pantry will offer an in house dining experience focusing on regional fare, offering food for thought and grazing type meals.  For guests looking to venture further afield, yellow classic Dutch Lekker bicycles, scooters and Smart Cars will be available for hire.

Staff at The Schaller Studio will be fully trained by Art Series Hotel Group’s art curator and be able to offer informative tours of the hotel while offering the best insights to cultural experiences available in the city’s centre. Art classes will be available on site, regular artisan markets will be held, public art displays will feature and interactive art experiences highlighting Bendigo and Melbourne’s creative works will be on constant offer.

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