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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!
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?
The Melbourne boutique hotel market seems to be growing but the Albert Park Manor Boutique Hotel has already been around a while--hey, it's even had the same website since 2002, and unfortunately it looks a little like they haven't changed it at all since then.
But you shouldn't judge a boutique hotel by its website (well, not too harshly anyway), and the Albert Park Manor has proven reasonably popular amongst recent guests.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
You would think that a hotel named St. Kilda Road Parkview would have a view of the park in their hotel rooms but one unlucky guest found just the opposite.
Worst hotel room view ever. A white wall. The curtains didn't even open. And they call this hotel The Parkview. Geez.
So if you do end up visiting this hotel in Melbourne, don't be expecting too much of a view.
[Photo: Rob Barker]