THE CHEN, MEL­BOURNE, VIC­TO­RIA, AUS­TRALIA

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Sue Wal­lace art­seriesho­tels.com.au

Step inside The Chen, the sev­enth ad­di­tion to the Art Se­ries Ho­tel Group and any artis­tic streak is im­me­di­ately chan­nelled. The 100-room ho­tel is ded­i­cated to Chi­nese-Aus­tralian ab­stract artist Zhong Chen, who has been wow­ing many with his vi­brant works for years. Two life-sized colour­ful por­traits, an ode to his mixed her­itage, hang in the lobby with play­ful prints grac­ing the walls of lifts, hall­ways and suites. Lo­cated within White­horse Tow­ers in Box Hill, a sub­urb known for its eth­nic di­ver­sity, the spa­cious open plan and apart­ment-style suites fea­ture grey, pas­tel pinks and blue decor, be­spoke Art Se­ries sig­na­ture bed­ding, Evo bath­room prod­ucts, kitch­enette and eclec­tic art books.

Rooms have im­pres­sive views over Mel­bourne’s sky­line and the Dan­de­nong Ranges and there’s a rooftop pool and bar­be­cue area. A Chen Smart Car and Lekker bikes can be hired to ex­plore the area, home to award-win­ning Asian restau­rants, shops and art gal­leries. Set to open soon are the ho­tel’s two restau­rants: White­horse Chloe, which will serve modern Aus­tralian cui­sine; and Golden Lily, spe­cial­is­ing in yum cha. In ad­di­tion to the in-house art tours, there’s a ded­i­cated TV art chan­nel and you can cre­ate your own mas­ter­piece with the small paint­ing set on of­fer in the luxe mini­bar. Good news if you hap­pen to fall in love with one of Chen’s art­works – it can be pur­chased and de­liv­ered to your room.

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