If asked to describe the Ovolo Laneways in two words, I think I would opt for the somewhat oxymoronic phrase ‘aggressively cool’. You are greeted in the lobby by the polished elegance of the dark marble floor, which only serves to accentuate the rich, colourful tones of the modern street art that adorn the walls. Indeed the whole hotel is designed with a crisp, stylish aesthetic in mind; highly modern, very functional and with an emphasis on fun.
No two rooms are the same and none could be considered small; too often a problem for inner city hotels. Our suite allowed us to walk out onto a spacious terrace where we could look down on the streets of Melbourne, and up to the skyscrapers of downtown. The room is full of unexpected delights, from the downright quirky (punchbags) to the impossibly slick (private outdoor spa). The attention to detail is fantastic, with the Ovolo not shying away from insisting on the best for all its rooms; Apple products, wine fridges and a frankly unwatchable amount of flat-screens.
Throughout the hotel this attention to detail is combined with a sense of generosity that is increasingly rare in the fiercely competitive hotel business. Reception provides the guests with free backpacks full of sweets and nuts to keep one sustained while exploring the city. The rooms come with complimentary minibars. You are encouraged to stock up on fresh pastries and freshly brewed coffee in the foyer. In fact once you get past the check in process, it progressively feels more like you’re staying at an incredibly helpful friend’s house. This feeling extends to the comfortable beds, homely vibes, and apartment-like facilities in all the suites.