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
I Couldn't recommend The Cullen high enough. We had such a comfortable stay, they are in an excellent location, really friendly staff, each room is HUGE and is beautifully styled with Art pieces.
We'll be back!!
I enjoyed my stay of 4 nights immensely. The hotel felt like a home away from home. My double studio room had a little kitchen, 2 king beds (I tried both of them), 2 TVs, a table and chairs, sofa. Very comfortable and spacious and the beds were heavenly with huge soft pillows. My room was at the back of the hotel, quiet as I wanted, and a big picture window gave me lots of natural light. I loved the black and white decor and the splashes of colour, particularly from the bright and quirky artwork. The artwork lines the corridors on every floor - it's quite fascinating. The front desk staff are all lovely and nothing is too much trouble. Also very handy having the cafe on the ground floor (good food), Prahran markets across the road, and the tram outside the front door.
I stayed in this hotel for one night on Friday 31 May, the staff at reception were very friendly. The room was very clean and well appointed and the bed was super comfy.
This hotel is in a great location for checking out South Yarra and Prahran. The only thing I would note is that the bathroom is enclosed in obscure glass which I imagine if you were staying with someone else once you turn the light on in there it isn't super private.
A 3 day stay was a delight, close to the Prahran Markets. Our room was quite spacious
cooking facilities & a very comfortable bed. The coffee shop on the ground floor have very friendly happy staff to greet you each morning. A very unique Hotel with Art work on every floor. Overall a very enjoyable stay, the Front Desk team do a great job..special mention to Ellie.. Thank you & the team. We will definitely recommend,
I loved my stay at the Cullen because of the helpful staff, location, artistic decor and excellent coffee at the Gramercy Social cafe on site. I have already rebooked for the whole family as this is a great place to feel at home while on an extended stay in Melbourne. It is modern and has a relaxed and welcoming attitude that suited my needs.