The Little Bourke Street property opened to guests last week with reimagined public spaces and rooms by Australian interior designers Luchetti Krelle, as well as an all-new 120-seat food and drink offering Amphlett House.
The 42-room hotel takes inspiration from 1980s Italian design and architecture collective Memphis Group, and is a colourful reflection of Melbourne’s vibrant laneways.
The hotel lobby feature reception pods and an Honesty Bar, offering sweet and savoury treats, bottled cocktails, wine and Champagne through an honour system, where guests note what they take, and it is charged back to their rooms.
“We have relished the creative challenge of creating a sophisticated and stylish space that gives a nod to the building’s 80s era,” said Luchetti Krelle Principal, Rachel Luchetti.
“The Memphis Group aesthetic was a perfect fit for this project and we have interpreted this with an injection of colour and energy in the classic Ovolo manner.”
Amphlett House is overseen by Ovolo’s Director of Kitchen Operations Ian Curley with support from Head Chef Ben Green. The venue will serve up elevated pub classics, a selection of snacks, light bites and main courses.
“The food concept for Amphlett House is elevated pub dining, with a classic menu highlighting quality Victorian produce,” said Curley.
“I’ve loved this part of Melbourne for many years and am looking forward to serving up humble fare with big flavours at the top end of town. We welcome guests to share a meal with family and friends or grab a quick bite with your better half.”