Ovolo Laneways has evolved, and is now the colourful and rejuvenated Laneways By Ovolo. The hotel’s new look takes its cues from the Memphis Group, an Italian design and architecture collective from the 1980s. The result is a fun and brightly coloured design throughout its 42 hotel rooms. The revamp is also a nod to Melbourne’s own vibrant laneways. Expect reimagined spaces and a more personalised experience. While you’re there, check out the new drinking and dining venue Amphlett House, which is spearheaded by restauranteur Ian Curley and 2017 Bartender of the Year Andrea Gualdi. You can find Laneways by Ovolo at the top end of Little Bourke Street.
Laneways By Ovolo
Located near the theatre district, this hotel makes for a perfect staycation experience. After a night enjoying art and culture, retreat to the reborn hotel and enjoy a unique set of perks if you book directly. These include things like breakfast to go, a welcome goodie, all-day sweets and a social hour in Amphlett House. They will also shout the first round for the mini bar in your room.
In the hotel lobby, you’ll find reception pods and an Honesty Bar, offering sweet and savoury treats, bottled cocktails, wine and champagne. This bar relies on an honour system, so you note what you take, and its charged back to your room.
The new-look was fashioned by Australian interior designers Luchetti Krelle. Throughout the rooms, you’ll find funky patterns and knick-knacks to create a sense of nostalgia. The ultimate room is Room 303, an exclusive suite styled by Neale Whitaker. This corner suite looks over the treetops and provides city skyline views, and features a collection of original art, limited-edition objects and soft furnishings selected by Whitaker. While you’re there, complete the experience by listening to a 100-song Spotify playlist of Whitaker’s favourite tracks.
Unwind with a visit to Amphlett House, a 120-seat venue serving up pub classics. Open all day, this sophisticated yet fun space is great for lunch, dinner, drinks after work and a feed before seeing the theatre. You’ll find a selection of snacks, light bites and main courses with big flavours.
Enjoy dishes like smoked bone marrow, served on toast, parsley and shallot salad; grilled asparagus egg confetti; steak and hand-cut chips with Kampot peppercorn sauce; and blue oyster mushroom skewer. If you’re feeling experimental, Amphlett House is also one of the only restaurants in Australia serving beef heart. Try it on a bed of lentils, with creamed spinach and mustard.
Pair your meal with a curated drinks list, featuring plenty of classic cocktails with native Australian ingredients. Try the wattle seed Negroni, finger lime daiquiri or eucalyptus smoked margarita. There’s also a variety of craft beers and local or international wines.