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Little Bourke Street's Laneways by Ovolo Hotel Has Been Reborn with a Vibrant New 80s-Inspired Look

The 42-room laneway stay is rocking a makeover by Luchetti Krelle, taking cues from the bold 80s aesthetic of Memphis Group.
By Libby Curran
March 09, 2023
By Libby Curran
March 09, 2023

2023 has already gifted Melbourne with a slew of new hotel openings, from boutique inner-city stays to coastal retreats full of sunny charm. And now it has also spawned a reimagining of an old favourite, as Little Bourke Street hotel Laneways by Ovolo reopens following an extensive makeover.

First launched in 2013 as Ovolo's first Australian property, the CBD stay is now sporting an entirely new look, with its latest incarnation driven by acclaimed designers Luchetti Krelle and inspired by the bold 80s aesthetic of Memphis Group. Striking patterns, graphic elements and heady pops of colour abound.

Kitted out in a vibrant nod to Melbourne's famed laneway culture, the 42-room hotel welcomes guests via a playful new-look lobby complete with reception pods, and an honour-system bar stocked with snacks, wine and bottled cocktails

The rooms pack just as much of a visual punch, with retro-inspired furnishings and colourful accents aplenty. Ovolo will shout your first round of goodies from the in-room mini bar, brekkie is available to go and there's even a self-service laundry option.

Then, there's Room 303 — an exclusive suite featuring the stylings of design guru Neale Whitaker. He's transformed his favourite room with a curation of furniture, knick-knacks and original artwork, including an abstract piece by Melbourne-based artist Nunzio Miano. Book this suite and you'll also enjoy a Spotify playlist filled with Whitaker's personal favourites.

When it's time for a tipple or a feed, you'll find yourself a haven in onsite bar and restaurant Amphlett House. With an offering steered by renowned chef Ian Curley (co-owner of French Saloon and Kirk's Wine Bar), the 120-seater is dishing up share-friendly snacks and a refreshed take on pub fare.

Expect plates like grilled asparagus with egg 'confetti', pangrattato and hollandaise; smoked bone marrow on toast; aioli mussels; steak paired with kampot peppercorn sauce; and seared beef heart served with lentils and creamed spinach. Match it with something from the natives-heavy cocktail list, including the likes of a wattleseed negroni and a eucalyptus-smoked margarita.

Find the new-look Laneways by Ovolo Melbourne and Amphlett House at 19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.


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Published on March 09, 2023 by Libby Curran
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