The Chen Opens in Melbourne


Art Series Hotel Group has opened the doors to its eighth art-inspired hotel, The Chen, in the burgeoning Melbourne suburb of Box Hill. Named after and inspired by the Chinese-Australian abstract artist, Zhong Chen, the 100-room hotel reflects the artist’s fun and relaxed persona. Introducing a new level of luxury accommodation, the hotel also celebrates the ethnic diversity of Box Hill, with Chen’s bold art representing his own transcultural identity.

“Box Hill is emerging as a second CBD to Melbourne given its great transport links and The Chen will contribute to this evolution,” says Bob EastCEO of Mantra Group. “The Chen already had a positive impact on the local economy with up to 500 construction workers on site every day during the build. The hotel will also directly employ about 120 people, with the knock-on effect giving an economic boost to the surrounding retailers.”

The art-inspired boutique hotel boasts 100 self-contained open-planned and apartment-style suites, a rooftop pool with sundeck, gymnasium, plus conference and events facilities.

Guests have the choice of two dining options, lashings of Chen artworks, in-house art libraries, and a dedicated art channel. For those keen to discover more about the hotel’s namesake, in-house art curators and advocates will offer free tours.

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