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When pinning places to go on your next vacation, hopeful travelers might be surprised to find that Adelaide, Australia is a perfect destination to explore a budding art scene and stay in a new hotel. The city has witnessed a few new hotels enter its borders, but The Watson will be the coolest addition to an otherwise sleepy city.
The Watson is the brainchild of Art Series Hotels (the folks behind Melbourne's The Olson, The Blackman and The Cullen.) Planning to open next week, the hotel will offer up 140 suites, an in-house restaurant and fitness center. If you just need to provide this cool address to friends back home, a few long-stay apartments are available as well.
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Some like it hot. But more people like it free. We're talking about WiFi here.
In the wake of all of our WiFi news from last week, we've got some great news from the land Down Under, where getting free WiFi or even cheap WiFi is never easy. In fact, it's almost impossible. But not anymore.
Starting this week, Amalgamated Holdings Limited will be offering guests at all their hotels complimentary WiFi to browse the web, check email and Instagram the cool rooms (or so the hotel group hopes.)
Take it from us, WiFi doesn't come cheap at hotels in Oz. We've been offered up some connectivity if we forked over anywhere from $15 to $29.90 per day. Yes, we said per day! Now, you see why this is such a big deal for an entire portfolio of over 40 hotels to ante up some WiFi as part of the nightly rate.
Let this be a little message to other hotels, just do it already! Offering this service can't be that hard, can it?
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In the lead up the one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world, both Venus and Serena Williams have headed down under to limber up and get acclimatized before they play in next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.
The fashionista sisters gathered quite the crowd when they practiced their serves and warmed-up their backhand. We're not talking on the court--they did this all in the lobby of the hotel at which they were staying, The Olsen. No, they weren't slamming furry tennis balls around, instead they silenced a crowd with their ping-pong skills.
The sisters are resting up before they head into round one of the Open and this hotel is the best place to do it. We recently told you about the extended check-out at the Art Series Hotels and it seems like Serena is banking on some free nights after she tweeted, "Love this #overstaycheckout idea @ArtSeriesHotels - If no one checks into my room, I don't have to check out - ever!"
Let's hope they get some luck in free rooms and on the court.
[Photo: Art Series Hotels Facebook]
Hotel rooms go unused all too often, and it sometimes bugs us when we're forced to pay top dollar, knowing there are rooms unoccupied. Well, Melbourne-based Art Series Hotels has the solution: if there are no guests scheduled to check-in the next day, let the current guests extend their stay!
The Overstay Package allows guests to ring reception right before the standard 11am check-out to see if they can get a few extra hours, or even a few extra nights, in the comfort of their trendy room. So even if the next guest is set to arrive at 6pm, you could still get a few more hours of sleep or an extended bubble bath.
Best part, if you snag this deal, you can stay for free. Yep, nothing, zilch, nada. Makes sense since the room was going unreserved anyway...
Two weeks ago, we found out about a contest going on at Melbourne's Art Series Hotels (The Blackman, The Olsen and The Cullen). Per the contest's rules, anyone who was able to steal a Banksy painting from one of the hotels, and not get caught in the act, could rightfully claim it as their own.
Well, someone's done it.
Last week, @stealbanksy alerted us to a spectacular heist pulled off at The Blackman by Maura Tuohy and an accomplice by the name of Megan Aney. Apparently, quite a few attemps were made at stealing the artwork, including dismantling the hotel's CCTV cameras, wiring the Front Desk with a listening device, and overloading the housekeeping team with menial tasks to keep them distracted. But the winning scheme was much simpler than all that.
Read below to hear how Maura got away with it!
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Art aficionados staying at London's historic Savoy hotel have been experiencing a short lived treat this week: Monet's "Waterloo Bridge," sketched from Room 618, was recently returned to the Savoy over 100 years after it was first drawn. The room offers prime panoramic views of the Thames River, and Monet's creative interpretation of the scene has been on display at The Savoy Museum since December 13th.
We love us some Art Hotels, but we're starting to think Melbourne loves 'em even more. Three Art Series Hotels--cool boutique hotels, each designed around the work of an iconic Australian artist--have opened in the past year, and three more are in the pipeline for 2011.
The latest to join the family is The Blackman, located on St. Kilda Road, not far from the center of Melbourne. So, what's this one all about?