PICTURES: Dreamy retro-chic hotel to open in Melbourne next month

Ahead of its April opening, Ovolo has released some snazzy pictures of its dreamy, retro-inspired South Yarra property.

Now taking bookings for stays from 8 April, the hotel is located in Melbourne’s cultural hub, next to the famed intersection of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in South Yarra and promises to be a blend of “past, present and progressive”.

The hotel is home to 123 rooms ranging from micro-hotel rooms to Rockstar Suites and takes design cues from the days of disco, rock gods and retro glamour. The vibe is bold, creative and unpredictable.

“Ovolo South Yarra will set the scene for an extraordinary hotel experience embodying Ovolo’s philosophy of connecting with its customers emotionally and will complement the local cultural scene through its art, design and unique restaurant concept,” said Girish Jhunjhnuwala, founder and CEO of the Ovolo Hotel Group.

Designed by long-term collaborators of Ovolo, award-winning designers Luchetti Krelle, Ovolo South Yarra infuses retro-plush, with accents of chrome and colour to create a heady mix of ‘mod’ and retro-futurism.

The tension between past and future is accentuated with modern art installations and collaborations with local and international artists such as Mr Brainwash, Punk Me Tender, and Australian artist Ben Tankard.

“Retrofuturism explores the themes of tension between past and future and the nostalgia of those eras is appropriated with integrated modern art installations and collaborations with local and international artists,” said Rachel Luchetti, co-founder and CEO of Luchetti Krelle.

On entry, guests will be met with raw brutalism and monolithic forms such as a domineering concrete reception desk worth the weight of two elephants (or 6 tonnes) and a central fireplace with bright orange flue.

A vast internal lightwell, admired from the lobby or internal rooms, serves as the heartbeat of the hotel. It is the largest lightwell in Australia and showcases a digital art display based around the golden era of 8-bit arcade games, and the simplicity of a lower resolution world.