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
Well located in Prahran about 8 mins walk to Prahran train station and close to tram services. We specfically chose this location because our son lives close. We booked a deluxe studio room. Very clean and a good size with small kitchenette ( didn’t use this). Shower was excellent though found the frosted glass between the shower/ toilet and bedroom areas a little disconcerting. No discernable outside noise. Both reception and house staff were happy; tells a lot about a workpkace when staff are happy. Very good job of cleaning room. Would consider staying here again.
Love our stay at the Cullen! Amenities and the room was amazing. We were also surprised with our upgrade into the junior penthouse suite. Staff were great and helpful at every point. Can’t wait to stay there again
Nice basic hotel in good area for boutique shopping (Chapel st is 100m away) and alernative restaurants.
Good option if the centre of the CBD is not your thing as parking is easy and location is away from city centre Melbourne traffic which can be a little daunting.
Very friendly staff and a very good American style bistro/ restaurant down stairs.
Good value for money and suitable for couples or the business traveller.