Art Series – The Cullen
What We Love
- Original artwork and sculpture by controversial Australian artist Adam Cullen (1965–2012)
- Luxurious signature bedding (mostly kingsize) with pillow menus
- Sumptuous food offerings at HuTong Dumpling Bar prepared by celebrated Chinese roast duck chefs
What To Know
- The hotel is about three miles from Melbourne city center; although some visitors have no desire to leave the boho neighborhood, Prahran
- Rainbow flags fly proudly in the area for local LGBT communities
- WiFi is an additional cost of $9.95 per day
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A red carpet emblazoned with the words “Living Fearlessly” leads to the glass doors of The Cullen, a lime- and black-colored hotel in Melbourne’s Prahran neighborhood. Inside, lifesize sculptures of cows mingle in a white reception area dotted with bold canvases depicting pained humans and animals, recurring motifs in Aussie artist Adam Cullen’s controversial work. Dripping paint cans filled with vivid red flora also command attention.
Bed and Bath
Cullen’s bright paintings adorn the white walls of the self-contained suites. The heavy black lines prominent in his work are accentuated by black curtains, carpeting, cushions, kitchenette and bathroom floor tiles. The bed is a splash of white, as are the bathroom walls, fixtures and deep spa bath with shower. The evo products are white too. A frosted glass feature wall with a muted Cullen motif divides the open-plan space.
Melbourne’s well-regarded HuTong Dumpling Bar, furnished with Chinese antiques, serves authentic Peking duck and yum cha for lunch and dinner. The New York–inspired Gramercy Bistro is open all day for breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and cocktails. Both eateries have bars and outdoor areas. The hotel’s rooftop deck extends from a small gym decorated with spray paint, while well-known hair artistes work in the on-site salon.
How to Get There
The Cullen has friendly staff, quirky stylish decor, very quiet, super comfy beds with lots of fun and thoughtful touches and is in a great location. We had a wonderful stay and hope to come back.
Prahan is great for shopping, food and people watching.
Second visit and I still love this hotel, friendly and helpful staff, gorgeous rooms and in a fab location with heaps of local bars and restaurants. Only downfall is the expensive parking! Definitely will be staying again and again.
Great location with friendly staff. Room was comfortable and parking underneath was convenient and by Melbourne standards reasonably priced. Only thing I didnt like at all was the frosted glass bathroom wall. I mean who decided glass walls for the toilet was a great idea? Im sure its trendy but then so are man buns and how stupid are they ? Bathroom itself wasnt that great anyway. Overall a nice place to stay unless you are on the shy side.
Lived up to all the good reviews I read Great location, Staff, Rooms, Power Shower, Wi-Fi cooking facilities, kettle, toaster and close to all amenities Supermarket, Tram Stop, Food market bars and restaurants.
This accommodation was conveniently located to where I needed to be in Melbourne for work. It was comfortable with all the conveniences I required. The choice of food within the hotel was exceptional ! I ordered room service but noticed that there were multiple options in short proximity to the hotel.Highly recommend