The Cullen Melbourne - Art Series

- Prahran, Melbourne

164 Commercial Road, Prahran VIC
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Important information:

In accordance with recent Government directives in response to slowing the spread of COVID-19, Hotel facilities may experience temporary closures or changes to operating times and/or services provided. Please contact our reception for further details. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding during this time.

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
Australia

Hotel Information

Check-in Time
2pm
Check-out Time
11am
Reception Hours
24 hours
Smoking
This hotel is 100% non-smoking
Parking
Valet parking is $40 per day and self-parking is $30 per day. Due to limited onsite parking, parking is subject to availability.
Party Policy
The Cullen has a strict NO PARTY POLICY and is enforced to ensure the comfort of all our guests.
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Hotel Policies

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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, two exciting restaurants, gymnasium plus Smart Cars 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.

Services

  • Enjoy 24 hour reception, concierge and room service
  • 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; valet parking is $40 per day and self-parking is $30 per day
  • In House Art Curator
  • Check in anytime from 2.00pm with a comfortable check out at 11.00am
  • Airport transfers
  • Limousine service
  • Babysitting services
  • 24 hour room service
  • Valet service
  • Guest laundry and same day laundry
  • Smart Car hire
  • Vintage inspired Lekker bicycle hire
  • Complimentary Bugaboo Bee 3 pram hire
  • Local tours
  • Restaurant recommendations and bookings

Stay fit

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

Zip around town

Hire one of The Cullen Smart Cars, Lekker Bicycles or Scooters.

Take a tour

Learn about the works of Adam Cullen with a tour with our in-house Art Curator.

Get blown away

Runway Room is a complete make-over salon offering hair and makeup, as well as in-suite pampering.

Room Types

For boutique accommodation in Prahran, The Cullen's Studio Suite comes complete with designer furnishings, contemporary living space and your own private gallery of Adam Cullen artworks. Sink into your heavenly Art Series Signature bed after a long day enjoying Prahran’s delights. Work up an appetite in your full equipped designer work space then cook up a storm in your sleek kitchenette when you stay in Art Series' accommodation in Prahran. For boutique accommodation in Prahran, The Cullen's Studio Suite comes complete with designer furnishings, contemporary living space and your own private gallery of Adam Cullen artworks. Sink into your heavenly Art Series Signature bed after a long day enjoying Prahran’s delights. Work up an appetite in your full equipped designer work space then cook up a storm in your sleek kitchenette when you stay in Art Series' accommodation in Prahran.

  • Luxurious Art Series Signature queen bed
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings 
  • 42 inch state of the art flat screen TVs 
  • iPod Connectivity
  • Varying views from levels 1 - 5
  • Disabled access rooms available on request 
  • Bathtubs available on request
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month 

The Deluxe Studio Suite Twin is just right for a group of 3 or 4. Enjoy the space of an open living area with deluxe furnishings and state of the art kitchenette before sinking into one of the two dreamy Art Series Signature beds. Energetic Cullen artworks will keep you inspired, as will the spectacular views across Melbourne's CBD. Ideal for a family or group, this open-plan suite has room to move. For comfortable Prahran accommodation, the Deluxe Studio Suite Twin ticks all the boxes. The suite comes complete with designer furnishings, contemporary living space and your own private library of Adam Cullen artworks. Our Twin Deluxe Studio Suites feature complete kitchenettes, stylish furnishings and lyrical prints by Adam Cullen. Sleep soundly in your Art Series Signature Queen beds, then block out the morning or wake up to natural light and vibrant energy of Cullen works. The spacious open-plan living and working space provides the ultimate Prahran accommodation for groups of up to 4.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings 
  • 42 inch state of the art flat screen TVs 
  • iPod Connectivity
  • Varying views from levels 1 - 5
  • Private Bathroom
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month 

Book a stay at the top. Sleepover in one of our Junior Penthouse Suites, on The Cullen rooftop level and take in the view of Prahran town centre from your expansive balcony. Sleep soundly in your king size, Art Series Signature bed. Stay amongst the artwork of Adam Cullen, which adorn the walls, in your open plan suite which includes living and working areas along with a fully equipped kitchenette. Experience a one-of-a-kind luxury Melbourne hotel when you book a stay at the top of The Cullen. Sleepover in one of our Junior Penthouse Suites on our rooftop level and take in the view of Prahran town centre from your expansive balcony. Unrivalled by other luxury Melbourne hotels, The Cullen's open-plan suite features spacious living and working areas, a fully equipped kitchenette and the artwork of Adam Cullen adorning the walls. At the end of the day curl up in an Art Series signature king size bed to sleep soundly or continue the adventure by exploring Prahran's buzzing nightlife. *Strict entertainment policy applies for this room category, please see reception for details.

  • Art Series Signature King size bed
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings 
  • 42 inch state of the art flat screen TVs 
  • iPod Connectivity
  • Views over North and West Melbourne
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Balcony
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month 

Sleep soundly in your Art Series Signature Queen beds, then block out the morning or wake up to natural light and vibrant energy of Cullen artworks. Prepare breakfast using in room kitchenette facilities whilst taking in the spectacular views of Melbourne CBD. The spacious open plan living and working space will delight both the corporate traveller and a more leisurely guest. Making its name as one of the premier boutique Melbourne hotels, The Cullen and its Studio Suite Twin comes complete with designer furnishings, contemporary living space and your own private gallery of Adam Cullen artworks. Sink into your Art Series Signature bed after a long day enjoying the local delights that Prahran has to offer. Work up an appetite in your full equipped designer work space then cook up a storm in your sleek and stylish kitchenette.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings 
  • 42 inch state of the art flat screen TVs 
  • iPod Connectivity
  • Varying views from levels 1 - 5
  • Disabled access rooms available on request 
  • Bathtubs available on request
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month 

Take in the sights of Prahran from your unique and 'pod' balcony. Work or play in the open-plan living and working areas or create your own masterpiece in the state of the art kitchenette. A good night’s sleep is assured in this boutique Melbourne hotel with your dreamy Art Series signature bed, unless you choose to stay up all night and relish in the ultramodern entertainment and art on offer in Prahran's vibrant neighbourhood. The Cullen's Deluxe Studio Suites with balconies include stylish furnishings, signature bedding and complete kitchenettes. Open plan living areas offer space to work or play, and a state-of-the-art kitchenette means you can get create your own masterpiece without leaving your suite. At the end of the night, curl up for an assured good night's sleep in one of our dreamy Art Series signature beds, or continue the party and enjoy Prahran's buzzing nightlife.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings 
  • 42 inch state of the art flat screen TVs 
  • iPod Connectivity
  • Bathroom
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month 

The Cullen offers two urban and edgy penthouses, Lady Luck and Growler. Our boutique hotel feeds off the colourful surrounds of Commercial Road and Prahran and exudes the energy and vibrancy of Adam Cullen’s work. The Cullen was the first Art Series Hotel to open its doors. Vibrant, daring and unique, the hotel feeds off the colourful surrounds of Commercial Road and Prahran and exudes the energy and vibrancy of Adam Cullen's work. The Cullen offers not one Melbourne penthouse, but two urban and edgy penthouses, Lady Luck and Growler. As the ultimate in Melbourne Penthouse accommodation options, the suites offer private bedrooms, private ensuites, signature amenities and an expansive rooftop balcony. Plus you'll have complimentary access to our eco-friendly Smart Cars to make zipping around town easy. Located on the sixth floor, the coveted Melbourne Penthouses offer over 56 square metres of deluxe living. The luxurious one bedroom suites have separate living and dining areas with deluxe furnishings and state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. Accentuated by a spacious entertaining balcony complete with BBQ and stunning Melbourne CBD views, even the most discerning of friends will be impressed. Sleep with one eye open with Cullen’s works adoring your walls and wake up firing for a brand new day. *Strict entertainment policy applies for this room category, please see reception for details.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working and living spaces including kitchenette
  • Personal art library and large Adam Cullen prints throughout
  • Signature Art Series bathroom amenities
  • 55 inch and 40 inch HD flat screen TV
  • iPod docking station
  • Spacious wrap around rooftop balcony
  • Views over Prahran and towards Melbourne's CBD
  • Gas open fire place
  • Outdoor sun lounges
  • Eight seater outdoor dining table

For a little more luxury, our Deluxe Studio Suites will suit both the corporate traveller and a more leisurely guest. Take advantage of the in-room kitchenette facilities to live like a local, and revel in the vibrant Cullen artworks througout the room. The open-plan living and working space is perfect for a single or couple. Treat yourself to a touch of luxury with our Deluxe Studio Suite at The Cullen, a boutique hotel in Prahran. With a spacious open plan living and working space that suits both the corporate traveller or more leisurely guests, you'll sleep soundly in an Art Series Signature bed, something you can only find at our hotel in Prahran. With state-of-the-art kitchenette facilities, you can prepare breakfast in-room, or head up to our gym to sweat it out.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings 
  • 42 inch state of the art flat screen TVs 
  • iPod Connectivity
  • Varying views from levels 1 - 5
  • Cot available on request
  • Open plan studio
  • Stay for a night or a month 

For the ultimate group experience lavish in the Two Bed Open Plan Suite. These spacious suites are located on the 5th floor of The Cullen with sweeping views over Melbourne and all the Art Series trimmings to ensure a memorable stay. Enjoy a separate living area with deluxe furnishings and a state of the art kitchen before sinking into one of the two dreamy King Size beds. Of all boutique hotels in Melbourne, The Cullen's Two Bed Open Plan Suite is an unbeatable group accomodation. Uncover the ultimate in Melbourne group accommodation options with The Cullen's Two Bed Open Plan Suite. Located on the 5th floor, there are sweeping views of Melbourne to take in and plenty of space to stretch out. Seamlessly blending style and functionality, our Two Bed Open Plan Suite features separate living areas, state-of-the-art kitchens, deluxe furnishings and chic decor, making it the perfect Melbourne group accommodation to relax and unwind. When you're finished enjoying the buzzing arts and culture Prahran has to offer, sink one of the two dreamy King Size beds and dream on.*Strict entertainment policy applies for this room category, please see reception for details.

  • Art Series Signature King size bed
  • Separate spacious living & kitchen
  • 42 inch state of the art flat screen TVs 
  • iPod Connectivity
  • Bathtub
  • Private balcony available on request
  • Fire place available on request
  • Views north or west over Melbourne from your level 5 position
  • Private Bathroom
  • Cot available on request
  • Stay for a night or a month 

Live fearlessly with Street Art at The Cullen and book a sleepover in one of our unique Street Art Suites. Bringing the spirit of Melbourne’s laneway culture into the hotel, each of these limited deluxe studio suites features a personalised stamp left by the internationally acclaimed artist after his or her stay. With additional Street Art littered throughout the hotel, take yourself on an adventure during your next stay in Melbourne. For boutique accommodation in Melbourne, The Cullen's Street Art Suites bring the spirit of the city's laneway culture into the hotel. Enjoy the Art Series experience with signature bedding and amenities, combined with one of a kind artwork created by acclaimed street artists. Each of the limited Deluxe Studio Suites features a personalised stamp left by the artist as well as Adam Cullen artworks and art books to create an immersive art experience. Stretch out with open plan working and living space, or be inspired to create your own masterpiece in the state of the art kitchenette. At the end of the evening, sleep soundly in one of our Art Series signature beds. During your next stay at our boutique accommodation in Melbourne's desirable Prahran suburb, take yourself on an adventure by discovering all the Street Art spread throughout The Cullen. *Strict entertainment policy applies for this room category, please see reception for details.

  • Art Series Signature bedding
  • Open plan working, living & kitchenette with designer fittings
  • 42 inch state of the art flat screen TV
  • Connection for your iPod
  • Varying views from levels 1 - 5
  • Disabled access rooms
  • Bathtubs avalaible on request
  • Cot available on request 
  • Stay for a night or a month

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Dining

Prahran’s favourite foodie destination; Gramercy Social serves up Americana style comfort food with a no-fuss, laid back attitude.

Located within a stone's throw from our lobby, Gramercy Social defies standard hotel fare, blasting out a diverse, yet focussed range of burgers, salads, share plates and breakfast creations that will set your senses alight.

Featuring hot little numbers such as the Williamsburg, The Bronx and the Gramercy cheeseburger, the menu’s burger list is extensive with mouth-watering ingredients including maple bacon, buttermilk fried chicken, American cheese and chipotle mayo; satisfying even the most discerning Hamburgler.

Not a burger-boy or girl? Then dive into the strip steak or crispy skin salmon, our favourites from the larger plates menu. Choose from brunch cocktails and other artisanal creations, as well as craft beers, wine and spirits.

Perch yourself or your group in the beer garden on communal or private tables, where food and booze are served all day to locals, hotel guests, and anyone looking for a good time. They come standard at Gramercy Social. 

Opening Hours

  • Sunday - Thursday: 6:30am–11pm Friday- Saturday 6:30am–12am

Bookings

For restaurant bookings, please call 03 9098 1155.

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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Conferences

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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Experiences

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

Location

Contact Information
164 Commercial Road
Prahran, VIC 3181
Australia

Points of Interest

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

Directions

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.

Trams
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.


Hotel Policies

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. More »
Bonds
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.
Car Parking
Car parking is available on site; valet parking is $40 per day and self-parking is $30 per day. Due to limited on-site parking, parking is not guaranteed and subject to availability. We do welcome you to bring your car and should parking be available, the Guest Experience Agents will add this to your reservation on arrival. Should the car park be unavailable, close by there is on street parking on Gratton Street or private parking at the Prahran market.