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 is a must if you need accommodation in the city. Beautifully appointed rooms make the stayer feel very special. Staff are lovely. I will be recommending The Cullen to friends. In the heart of Prarahn with the market across the road and lots of little wine bars and eateries. Perfect!
Pretty well faultless.
Excellent early check in.
Lovely studio suite with kitchenette and city view. Quiet 4th floor.
Great bed and linens.
I’m a fan of Adam Cullen works.
The only ‘problem’ is the bathroom. The door and wall is not totally enclosed...therefore not soundproof and little privacy as the toilet is in the bathroom which is very close to the bed.
Another little bug bear were the bedside tables..small with an enormous bedside lamp that made storage difficult and the telephone hard to operate. Also not enough tea bags.
When will hotels stop offering PLASTIC bottled water in Australia? There is nothing wrong with our water.
Great location opposite Prahran markets, surrounded by great cafes and a tram stop to the city out the front.
Special mention must be made of Leon at reception...no request was difficult and all were handled efficiently and courteously.
A great spot for your stay in Melbourne. A lovely hotel, nicely appointed with terrific staff. Say hello to Antoine for a drink at the bar and a cheery French bonjour. Special thanks to Caitlin and Sam on the desk. I’ll be back!
I loved the art. I loved my room and the bed was amazing. I have stayed in many hotels and my daughter said, she had never heard me rave about a hotel so much.Well done The Cullen! Check in and check out were so easy and the staff so friendly.
Very close to shopping and city. Tram just outiside. Very handy little SMART car for hire. Just perfect. Rooms nice and comfortable. Super comfortable room and bed. Great restaurants within walking distance and below hotel. Everything at your finger tips. Just perfect!