The Chen Art Series Hotel, Box Hill

Eat, Melbourne, Play / 12 November 2018

Add a splash of art and luxury to your next stay in Box Hill at The Chen.

Many of us have experienced an average hotel stay, featuring an uncomfortable mattress, sterile décor and lack of facilities. The Chen brings a touch of luxury to Box Hill, without a massive dent in your hip pocket. Only one year old, this boutique hotel is part of the Art Series Hotels which are inspired by Australian contemporary artists and feature their original artworks.
Wandering the hallways of The Chen is reminiscent of exploring an art gallery, as your gaze is drawn to walls adorned with the amazing work of Australian abstract artist, Zhong Chen.
After losing track of time admiring the art, I found my room and was immediately impressed by the stylish and art inspired decor. Deciding that testing the king size bed was the first point of call, I was not disappointed with its cloud-like comfort.
the chen-suite
The 100 open plan style suites feature everything you need, with just the right touches to make your stay that little bit better, including T2 teas, art books and Foxtel.
Be sure to check out the remarkable heated rooftop pool and sundeck overlooking the city skyline, the perfect place to relax and take an ‘instaworthy’ snap. Or, if you want to stick to your fitness routine, the well equipped gym is at your disposal.
When you’re ready to explore the area, Smart Car and Lekker bicycle hire are conveniently available at The Chen to zip around Box Hill. Or, jump on public transport, which is right at your doorstep.
the chen-bicycles
During your stay at The Chen, you will be spoilt for choice with places to indulge in delicious Asian cuisine, with Box Hill Centro just a stone’s throw away.
Kitchen Republik serves up Taiwanese and Malaysian cuisine in a venue akin to a hawker style market. The enormous menu includes a range of dumplings, xiao long bao, soups, Taiwanese street snacks, noodles, bento boxes and rice dishes.
the chen-dumplings
Sushi Jiro offers a fun dining experience with its sushi train, providing sashimi, sushi rolls, hand rolls and nigiri at arms reach.
For something sweet, Bonbons Bakery will cure your sugar cravings, with its extensive range of cakes, donuts and other treats. Or, try Hokkaido for their renowned baked cheese tarts.
To drink, opt for a milk or fruit tea from Top Tea. The dragonfruit cheese tea may sound unusual but is a tasty thirst quencher.
the chen-desserts
If you don’t feel like venturing out, on site eateries Whitehorse Chloe and Golden Lily Chinese Restaurant are at your fingertips at The Chen.
Whether you’re an out-of-towner or simply someone in need of a ‘staycation’, The Chen is the perfect place to relax and be inspired, where you can “integrate art into life and life into art” (Zhong Chen). And with an 11am check-out, you can enjoy that comfortable king size bed that little bit longer, leaving you refreshed and on cloud nine.