The Cullen Melbourne - Art Series

- Prahran, Melbourne

164 Commercial Road, Prahran VIC

Important information:

Party Policy:
Please Note: Art Series - The Cullen has a strict NO PARTY POLICY and is enforced to ensure the comfort of all our guests. Please contact the property for details.

The Cullen Melbourne - Art Series
164 Commercial Road
Prahran, VIC  3181

Hotel Information

Check-in Time
2:00 PM
Check-out Time
11:00 AM
Reception Hours
24 hours
This hotel is 100% non-smoking
Valet parking is $40 per day and self-parking is $30 per day. Due to limited onsite parking, parking is subject to availability.
This hotel does not accept cash as a payment method. Credit, debit and prepaid cards are accepted to buy goods and services.
Party Policy
The Cullen has a strict NO PARTY POLICY and is enforced to ensure the comfort of all our guests. More Details
Bond Policy
Please note The Cullen requires a AUD$200 cash bond or credit card pre-authorisation on check in for all room types. Full payment of the room is required upon arrival.

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Make our Hotel, your home

Dare to experience a stay at The Cullen. Daring and unique, bold and brash this boutique Prahran hotel is inspired by and named after the late Australian artist, Adam Cullen.

Wake up with all the features at your feet to kick start the day right. Art Series Signature beds for restful slumbers, fully equipped kitchenettes, gymnasium and Lekker Bicycles on hand to hire.

Sitting boldly right in the thick of this trendy area, The Cullen guarantees the best lifestyle you can find. Whether staying for a month or a year, enjoy the benefits of a boutique apartment in Melbourne without the commitment of a traditional rental. Book and move in today.

Features & Facilities

The Cullen Hotel blends five-star hospitality with first class facilities to ensure your stay is a complete experience. Enjoy the facilities in and around our boutique hotel in Melbourne.


  • Enjoy 24 hour reception and concierge
  • Secure luggage storage area
  • Conference and event facilities
  • Walls adorned with art and sculptures by Adam Cullen
  • Full kitchenettes in every room
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Family friendly
  • Car parking is available at our hotel in Melbourne; self-parking is $30 per day (Limited parking & subject to availability)
  • Check in anytime from 2.00pm with a comfortable check out at 11.00am
  • Limousine service
  • 24 hour room service
  • Valet service
  • Guest laundry and same day laundry
  • Restaurant recommendations and bookings

Stay fit

Stick to your fitness regime away from home in our state-of-the-art gymnasium.


Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen was born in Sydney in 1965. The artist was passionate about drawing from a very young age, and as a teenager drew cartoons for a local newspaper. He first gained recognition in the art world when he chained a decomposing pig’s head to his ankle for two weeks. Cullen was associated with the Grunge art movement in the early nineties. During this time he exhibited alongside artists such as Tony Schwensen, Mikala Dwyer and Nike Saavas. In 1997, much to the surprise of his contemporaries, he entered the Archibald prize.

He was hung as a finalist in 1998 and went on to win the prize in 2000 with a portrait of actor David Wenham. He entered the Archibald Prize regularly after winning and was subsequently hung as a finalist nine times. Cullen was instrumental in changing perceptions about the conservative nature of the Archibald Prize. 

The artist used a highly personal visual language to address a broad range of topics including crime, masculinity and the relationship between animal and human behaviours. Cullen had a democratic approach to art and would happily merge references to high and low cultural influences in his works. Much of the work made post 2000 consisting of paintings executed in a bold pop style with defining features of drip marks, iridescent colours and black outlines. His works skilfully combine irreverent humour with an astute sensitivity to society.

The Cullen opened in Melbourne November 2009 and remains an ongoing tribute to the artist’s work. The artist died at home in the Blue Mountains on 28 July 2012. For further information about Adam Cullen’s works in the hotel, please see reception.

Cullen graduated from the City Art Institute with a Diploma of Professional Art in 1987 and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1999. The artist’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia and abroad since the early 1990s. His work has been include in the following selected exhibitions: Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1993);  Fluxibelstructures, Kunsthaus Oerlikon, Zurich, Switzerland (1995); Preambles, Australian Perspecta, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1999); Art in the World, Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France (2000); Video-Salon, Week of Art and New Media, Brussels, Belgium (2000); 25th Bienale de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002); Bitter Sweet, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2002); Identity and Desire, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2005); CRASH (and other worldly pleasures) Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth (2006); Bon Scott Project, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle (2008) and Rough Trade, TANKS Art Centre, Cairns (1997) and Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart (1998). In mid 2008 Cullen’s work was the subject of a major survey exhibition, ADAM CULLEN. LET’S GET LOST, curated by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and was accompanied by a major catalogue published by the gallery. A finalist many times over in the Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, in 2000 he won the Archibald with his composition Portrait of David Wenham 2000. This success was followed by winning the Mosman Art Prize in 2005 and the 2008 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize with Pegasus Flying over Sydney 2008.

A transcript from a speech delivered by Jane O'Neill as The Cullen on August 19th 2012, at a tribute hosted by the Art Series Hotel Group in honour of Adam Cullen, can be found here.                

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The Cullen boasts three Melbourne conference venues - each of which are very unique in taste: Lady Luck and Growler Penthouses, along with the very cool Cullen Rooftop. Sitting boldly in the eclectic suburb of Prahran and ideally positioned to host edgy & vibrant events, we can help you realise your wildest special event dreams. Dare to be different.

When the working day is done, kick back at one of the exciting ground floor bar and restaurants or choose from a myriad of local Melbourne hotspots. A residential conferencing dream, sleep over in Art Series Signature Bedding and be surrounded by the boutique luxury you and your colleagues deserve.

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The Cullen sits boldly in bohemian and eclectic Prahran. There are a range of ways you can get to The Cullen from the major airports and Melbourne's CBD.

There’s no two ways about it: Prahran Fresh Market is foodie heaven. It has occupied its place on Commercial Rd for 125 years, and in that time it’s cemented its reputation as ‘the food lovers’ market. It is also the place to source rare and unusual ingredients, including heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables, unusual seafood and poultry, game and exotic cheeses. Where else can you find fresh wasabi leaves or wild mushroom specialists?

Chapel Street is one of Melbourne’s favourite cultural hubs. A myriad of restaurants, modern galleries, and chic boutiques line the streets, creating a bustling atmosphere and heady mixture of local and international style right on your doorstep.

Things to do in Melbourne

  • The National Gallery of Victoria
  • Arts Centre Melbourne
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens
  • The Domain Parklands
  • The Shrine of Remembrance
  • The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden
  • Rod Laver Arena
  • St Kilda Beach
  • Chapel Street Southgate Precinct

Melbourne events not to miss

  • AFL Grand Final - last Saturday in September
  • Anzac Day – April 25
  • Australian Open Tennis – January/February
  • Australian Grand Prix - March
  • Melbourne Cup Carnival - November
  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – February/March
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival – September/October
  • Melbourne International Arts Festival - October
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival – March/April
  • Melbourne International Film Festival – August
  • Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show - March
  • Melbourne Music – November
  • Melbourne Spring Fashion Week - September
  • Melbourne Writers Festival - August
  • Moomba Festival - March


Contact Information
164 Commercial Road
Prahran, VIC 3181

Points of Interest

  • Melbourne's CBD - 4.6 km
  • Melbourne Airport - 29 km
  • Avalon Airport - 58 km


Directions to The Cullen via car from:

Melbourne's CBD - 4.6 km
Melbourne Airport - 29 km
Avalon Airport - 58 km

Public Transport
Our hotel in Prahran is conveniently located within Zone 1 of Melbourne's public transport system. The hotel is located just 700m to the Prahran train station, part of the Sandringham line service. It takes just 5 minutes via train to the Flinders Street Station.

Directly outside The Cullen there is a metropolitan tram stop Route 72 Melbourne University - Camberwell that takes you directly into the city via St Kilda Road. Alternatively, take a different journey as just a minute's walk to Chapel Street you can catch one of the iconic W-Class trams on Route 78 North Richmond - Prahran.