To showcase the new penthouse at Ovolo Laneways, a select group of guests were invited to experience it for themselves. We were treated to a perfect Melbourne night complete a tour, cocktails, DJ, amazing canapes courtesy of the chefs at Ovolo and of course the stunning city skyline as a backdrop – simply magnificent.

Inspired by the city’s eclectic sub-cultures, unique boutiques and creative surrounds, the one-off Penthouse and Terrace Suites provide guests with seamlessly designed living and party spaces rich in artsy character, dynamic technology, and all the smart, playful features needed to express themselves fully in a personified Melbourne setting.2015-03-10_10-37-03Led by prominent international design practice HASSELL, the vision behind the new look for Ovolo Laneways was to evoke feelings of continuous discovery for guests during their stay in this quintessential Melbourne hotel. The hotel transformation pays homage to its laneway neighbourhood, from the theatric concierge style reception to moody corridors showcasing inspiring local artwork and brightly coloured doors that accentuate the individual characters of the suites.

Ovolo Laneways - Richard Nylon and Daniel HumphreysTo represent Melbourne’s diversity throughout the hotel, Ovolo collaborated with talented local designers and artists, including Loom Rugs, Luke Furniture, Jardan Furniture and Great Dane Furniture to bring colour to the bespoke suites.

Ovolo also commissioned Melbourne artist Brett Coelho to design a signature pendant light to feature in the Penthouse Suite. Brett works with found materials and objects to produce unique and beautiful pieces with an industrial yet playful edge that harmoniously complements Ovolo Laneways aesthetic.Ovolo Laneways Event 72015-03-10_10-38-132015-03-10_10-39-14Both Penthouse and Terrace Suites include two-bedrooms, en-suite, second bathroom, spacious lounge and dining areas, three flat-screen TVs, state-of-the-art sound systems and private balconies to watch the sunset while enjoying complimentary drinks from the in-suite bar. Known for their signature all-inclusive service concept, all Ovolo Hotel guests receive free daily replenished in-room bar and snacks, breakfast, happy hour in the Lo Lounge, access to a Nintendo Wii and games, Apple TV and Wi-Fi as a complimentary part of their stay.

Chief Operating Officer of Ovolo Group Dirk Dalichau said the evolving direction of Ovolo Laneways was testament to the Group’s offering, providing stylish and effortless living throughout their collection of lifestyle properties.

“Ovolo Laneways is full of surprises and hidden treasures, just like Melbourne. We worked with HASSELL to capture the city’s rich character and Ovolo Hotels’ heritage through the design of each unique suite,” said Mr Dalichau.

Principal Designer at HASSELL Susan Standring said the finished product caters to Ovolo Hotel’s desire for an urban lifestyle through effortless, uncluttered living where character of materials and construction details are celebrated.

“Our vision for the hotel, together with our client, is for it to be an extension of its urban setting, offering guests an immersive experience that is truly reflective of the Melbourne lifestyle. We’ve achieved this with the colour palettes and distinct furnishings in each suite,” said Ms Standring.

The 43-room boutique hotel is situated within the heart of the CBD, near the theatre district, boutique shopping precincts, an abundance of renowned eateries and bars and iconic Melbourne laneways.

Ovolo Laneways - Lisa Hamilton, Tully Smyth, Monika Clarke, Eve Boase_86222015-03-10_10-37-362015-02-26 21.35.01Ovolo Laneways was the first international property tobe acquired by Hong Kong brand Ovolo Group in 2012. Ovolo Laneways was voted Australasia’s Best City Boutique Hotel at the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards and is located at 19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Ovolo Group recently bolstered their Australian presence with the purchase of BLUE Sydney and 1888 Hotel alongside the acquisition of Oaks on Lonsdale, Melbourne. Upgrades are planned for both Sydney hotels to inject Ovolo Group’s unique style before undergoing a rebrand in the second half of 2015.

To celebrate the new suites, Ovolo Laneways is offering 25% off when you book a stay between March 2015 and July 2015, terms and conditions apply.  For more information please visit: www.ovolohotels.com2015-03-10_10-38-36Ovolo Laneways - Steph Claire Smith and Elyse Knowles