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Art Series Hotel Group is delighted to bring its award winning art inspired experience and personalised service to Adelaide’s prestigious suburb of Walkerville, with the launch of luxury boutique hotel and residences; The Watson. The fifth hotel to join the group is devoted to one of Australia’s greatest living Indigenous artists; Tommy Watson opened its doors on the 16th of August.



August 20th, 2014

Over 140 hotel suites and Art Series Residences, in addition to multifunctional public spaces, will showcase vibrant works that represent the colours and topographical landscapes of Watson’s country.

The Art Series Hotel concept is the brainchild of Melbourne dynamo Will Deague. The Deague family has a long history as patrons of the arts and is passionate about Australian art, including indigenous talent. Deague says;

“It is very exciting to have such a preeminent artist in our fold so as to celebrate with our guests this important aspect of artistic expression in Australia. Watson grew up near the tri state border of South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia, making Adelaide an obvious choice for his celebratory namesake Hotel.”


Growing up as a nomad in the semi-arid country at the edge of the Gibson Desert, Watson has a strong connection with the history of his family and the Tjukurpa law is integral to his work. In his emblematic style we see large iridescent dots: ablaze with vivacious oranges, burgundy, reds, blues and pinks, which create a warm, emotive space with immense visual power. An original Triptych painting will grace the entry in the foyer of the hotel, entitled ‘Anumarapiti’ (2012, 244cm x 463cm acrylic on canvas.)


Each open-planned, self-contained suite overlooks the colonial beauty of the Adelaide Hills, the River Torrens and the Adelaide CBD. Developed within one of Adelaide’s prettiest and heritage-driven inner-city suburbs with a communal village feel, The Watson is a stone’s throw away from the rich cultural and natural offerings of the surrounding areas including Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, the South Australian Art Gallery and Adelaide’s rolling beaches.


Olympic Gold Medal winning swimmer Michael Klim has contributed to the hotel development by providing his professional knowledge to the health and fitness department. Klim, who resides in the Art Series Hotel Group sister hotel; The Olsen, has assisted in designing a multifunctional wellbeing space incorporating a 25m lap pool and deck area on level two of the hotel.


The in-house restaurant will celebrate the city’s stake as Australia’s wine capital by tantalising guests and visitors with locally produced gourmet food and drink. Open seven days a week, the restaurant offers take-away options and á la carte menu.

For those wishing to reside at the hotel for longer, The Watson offers the ultimate luxury apartment living, Art Series Residences. Short and long term rental opportunities from $420 a week are coupled with access to designer furnishings, concierge service and combined recreational and retail facilities. The proximity to Adelaide City Centre (3.5km) and the suburb’s premium feel, make it the perfect residential option for those looking for an affordable, bespoke lifestyle experience. Guests and residents can enjoy leisurely walks along the River Torrens or cycle along Linear Park to be in the heart of the city in 10 minutes.


The Watson boasts signature Art Series signature comforts throughout to create a home away from home, including gourmet kitchenette facilities, free WiFi, Foxtel played on state of the art 42” LCD screens and iPod docking stations.

The hotel ensures a unique, educational experience for all and offers private tours with an in-house art advocate, dedicated art channel and art library in every suite. Smart cars, scooters and bicycles are available to explore further afield and knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff ensure the highest level of personal service to guests seeking distinctive and out of the ordinary accommodation.

Art Series Hotel – The Watson

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