The Cullen | Art Series Hotel
The Cullen is a stylish boutique hotel ideally situated in Prahran and the first of a Art Series of hotels to open in Melbourne.
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About The Cullen
It has been a long time coming for a stylish boutique hotel to land in Prahran. Inspired by daring and unconventional contemporary artist Adam Cullen, The Cullen is the first of a handful of upcoming Art Series hotels to impress not only Melburnian's but business travellers and visitors after accommodation that is set to impress with its modern fittings, collection of art books and art gallery home to Cullen's original works.
More than $300 million will be spent on the six hotels in Melbourne honouring great Australian artists, including painter Charles Blackman, landscape artist John Olsen and the winner of the Archibald Prize in 2000, Adam Cullen.
With The Cullen having opened its doors only this month, ambience and vibrancy is far from dead. Akin to Jackson Pollock's 'drip' technique which broke the ice for the Abstract Expressionist Movement in America, Adam Cullen's trademark fluorescent drips and rainbow smears line the entrance where the mosaic life-size cow greets you.
This $48 million, 115-room boutique hotel boasts ever-so-friendly staff and an in-house curator, Jane O'Neill who has worked with Cullen between 1996 and 2000 and curated his work in three independent contemporary art exhibitions. Roadkill, ghouls and violence and mostly tamer pieces are some of the controversial subjects that inspired Cullen's 450 works of art (including original paintings) that line the hotel walls.
Although bustling Prahran Market is across the road and busy Chapel Street is metres away, the hotel offers a relaxing art exhibit kind of feel that is quiet but ever so enthralling. But this is not where the excitement ends.
For your added convenience, each hotel room is equipped with a small yet compact and useful kitchenette complete with stove and microwave and filled with goodies from Prahran Market. Kartell Ghost armchairs, iPod dock, art books that smell new and plasma TV with dedicated Arts Channel are some of the features that definitely set out to spoil you.
And if that wasn't enough for the design conscious, forget about a solid dividing wall between the bathroom and where you lay your head to rest. Cullen has treated you to a frosted glass bathroom screen that is watermarked with an original design. Forget light being totally blocked out when the bathroom is used during the night - such sacrifices are made in the name of art and design.
In keeping with the art theme, the hotel has bikes and Smart cars decorated with Cullen's work for guests to hire and explore surrounding areas. The hotel also has in-house personal fitness advisers: former Hawthorn footballers Shane Crawford and Ben Dixon. Merkas Health provides guests with a relaxing and therapeutic massage within the privacy of their own room. And for guests in need of some TLC for their hair, let Nathan Weymouth from in-house Ornate Salon style your tresses.
The Cullen's ground floor, Euro-designed The Terrace has already drawn in coffee-goers that appreciate a good bean and put in a little unpretentious effort into dressing as if they were holidaying at a resort town. Next door, the much anticipated Asian dumpling restaurant, Hutong will please foodies with gastronomic delights with its restaurant and bar.
The enfant terrible of the art world, Adam Cullen has definitely made his mark in Prahran as an exciting contemporary artist who shows no fear in breaking boundaries through art.
Article by Monica Buch
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⊜ 164 Commercial Road, Prahran | Map
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