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The Olsen opens with a splash in Melbourne

Synchronised swimmers were included as part of the guest entertainment when the latest Art Series Hotel, The Olsen officially opened.

The event, held last Thursday (April 15) saw the industry, socialites and celebrities combine to celebrate the 16 storey hotel built as a tribute to Australian painter Dr John Olsen.

Synchonised swimmers took to the pool to envtertain guests at the launch of The Olsen in South Yarra

The $90million hotel development is the jewel in the crown of the Art Series Hotel Group which also includes Melbourne hotel The Cullen.

Guests can expect all of the five star creature comforts with the added visual feast of 492 Olsen works across the 229 room hotel.

The hotel’s namesake, Australian painter Dr John Olsen

Upon entry to the hotel, guests are greeted by a six meter mural, titled The Yellow Sun and the Yarra painted for the stunning glass encased entrance. The hotel is home to a spectacular glass bottom swimming pool where the swimmers performed for the event, a resplendent sun deck, gymnasium, opulent rooftop Olsen Penthouse Suite and high tech conferencing facilities.

The event’s official ribbon cutting celebrating the opening

For those wishing to stay longer and something a little more unique, The Olsen also has a number of exclusive residential suites for those on project work or in between homes.

All rooms combine creature comforts with the latest technology including a gourmet kitchen, LCD TV and iPod docking station replete with 24 hours of preloaded music by Sony. A photographic celebration pays tribute to Olsen’s extensive career.

Guests Newton Falkiner, Belinda Lee and Patrick Hannan

With soaring views across greater Melbourne and the CBD The Olsen will be the perfect destination for highly successful corporate travellers, weekend luxury shopping enthusiasts or those wishing to attend one of Melbourne’s leading art or cultural events.

The hotel is part of the $500million Art Series Hotel project, the brainchild of Melbourne dynamo Will Deague. The Olsen is the second (following the opening of The Cullen late 2009) in a series of six art hotels set to open in Melbourne over the next 18 months. The group is part of the Melbourne based, Asia Pacific Building Corporation.

For more information on The Olsen click here

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