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
We stayed at The Blackman a few years ago which was quite good so we choose one of their other Hotels for our 6 night stay in Melbourne and were really disappointed. Worst beds and pillows, barely slept and had a sore back after every night.
We requested for a king sized bed and it was a really comfy hotel bed. In addition, the room was rather spacious as we were traveling with our 6 months old bubba and a cot was provided upon request. Love the vibrant feeling and the amazing, friendly staff at the hotel. The restaurants - both Hu Tong and Gramercy offers excellent food choices especially for guests like us, traveling with a newborn, who are after in room dinner options.
Very convenient location just across the road from Prahran Market. Room had trendy decor and conveniently self-contained with proper kitchenette. Very comfortable stay. I'd definitely go back! Front desk service was excellent also.
Nice hotel - good utensils and kitchen for cooking (could use an extra pan though), nice table to sit at, good TV position
The shower/bathroom floor was smooth tiled and slippery, the shower door could use a slightly larger gap as it swept up the floormat towel (but it can swing the other way so its ok).
The toilet roll was too low and behind in room 114 so it was hard to reach.
The room was quite dark - maybe provide at least one lamp/area thats a little brighter or have a slightly bigger bench in the bathroom for people to get ready on.
The beds seemed comfy but I couldnt sleep - I think different pillows should be provided (i.e. two firmer/bigger and two softer/smaller) because teh matress didnt seem uncomfortable. It wasnt just me who couldnt sleep, the rest of my 6 friends in other rooms had similar issues.
The cleaner didnt provide more tissues after we used the tissue box and threw the empty packet on the couch with out things. I dont know who it was that did that.
I'm only providing this criticism to bring teh hotel quality up. Apart from this it was a very good hotel. I just think it could be better.
I am not sure this is a 5 star hotel, at least not for well traveled international travellers. I suspect it could be a 5 star for people who come to Melbourne for a weekend stay over. Because we arrived late on Saturday, all the nice rooms were taken and we were given a very noisy room despite our 6-nite stay. It was Saturday nite and a lot of partying going around. Fine, but could the hotel notice where the customer is coming from and how many sites they are staying? (6 in our case). The hotel kindly moved us the next morning. Still I had to go through one sleepless night that could have been avoided.