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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
One of the lifts was broken with a lift full of people. One of my relatives was sick and stuck in that lift, which was extremely concerning for us. When asked the hotel duty manager/supervisor whether they called the emergency services (after almost 30 minutes) they refused to do so. Not only were they unhelpful, to one of the staff even had the grin on her face when I told her the potential seriousness of the consequences if they failed to act. It only suggests that they do NOT care about their patrons at all!! The only thing they did was to call their technician - they were uncertain of the arrival time of the technician other than that it could take up to more than 1 hour! Imagine a lift full of people with a sick person being stuck in a lift for over an hour! Imagine if someone in that lift had a heart condition or high blood pressure! They apparently told one of the people in the lift that “the ambulance would only respond to those people stuck in the lift”! What a load of...! It was totally disgusting and they were most unhelpful. We ended up calling the fire brigade ourselves and thankfully they arrived within minutes. As “cool” as this hotel appears to be, do NOT stay there!
This hotel was ok. Check in was fast and friendly. Room was clean and tidy, small- but for a solo traveler was big enough. The bed and pillows were not very comfortable. The queen bed was 2 single mattresses that had a bulky and hard joining strip down the middle, I've never felt this before in other hotels but in this one it interfered with my sleep. My window faced grattan street and the noise was not an issue for me. Overall if I didn't have a choice and had to stay here I wouldn't mind but if I did have a choice I'd try somewhere else.
Customer service from the start was excellent, well done Emily.
Friendly and knowledgeable, smooth checkin and rooms very well presented. Good space to work, workable kitchenette with fridge and freezer.
Large comfortable bed to finish the day