Caroline Clements

The Cullen

with Caroline Clements
  • Where:Melbourne

  • Why:Lifestyle Research

  • When:A Sunday Night in March 2013

  • Who:Me & My Boyfriend

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Highs & Lows

  • Location – proximity to public transport, restaurants, bars and shops. Check out Greville Street and then jump on a train into the city.

  • Half day free bike rental with all hotel bookings. Pedal around the suburb, head up to Fawkner Park or the Botanical Gardens in South Yarra.

  • EVO products in the bathrooms. These are a bathroom highlight from an Australian company who use simple design and clever text on their packaging. The product is great too.

  • iPod docks in all rooms.

  • Location – this is a great area but I’d probably recommend staying in or closer to the city.

  • No free wifi!

  • No bubble bath!

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 40/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Hotel, part of the Art Series Hotels – there are three in Melbourne, all are named after and based on one significant Australian artist.

  • Vibe

    Colourful urban contemporary.

  • Location

    In the back streets of inner-city suburb Prahran. There’s lots to see and do around here and it’s easy to get around, but in terms of location for visitors to Melbourne, I’d recommend staying closer to the city unless you need to be in Prahran.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Nondescript hotel lobby-style soundtrack.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    The Art Series Hotel Group

  • Pool/Gym

    24 hour rooftop gym access. No pool, but a health centre for massages and spa treatments.

  • Restaurant

    There are two restaurants on the ground floor. Gramercy Bistro, an all-day eatery serving things like buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, Reuben sandwiches for lunch and hanger steaks for dinner. HuTong dumpling bar is next door and serves some of the best Shanghai style dumplings in town. Try the classic shao-long bao, a textural soupy dumpling bomb in your mouth.

  • Bar

    There is a cocktail bar inside Gramercy Bistro, but it’s only open til 10pm so resort to the mini bar after that.

  • Wifi

    Yes - but they charge for it.

  • Children

    Are welcome.

  • Price

    Rooms start at around $219. Probably at the higher end of options in this area, but fair for what you get here.

pick up fresh veggies + fruit <br />just across the road for a picnic

Prahran Market

163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

pick up fresh veggies + fruit
just across the road for a picnic

handmade leather goods <br />for men + ladies


20 Grattan St. Prahran VIC 3181, Australia

handmade leather goods
for men + ladies

brothy hot pots + piping hot dishes <br />that'll make you sweat

Dainty Sichuan

176 Toorak Rd, Yarra, Victoria 3141, Australia

brothy hot pots + piping hot dishes
that'll make you sweat

The Cullen

164 Commercial Road, Prahran, Australia

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