My recent trip to Melbourne from Atlanta, GA in the USA with my fiancee, Candis, was based around my plans to 'pop the question' in a most memorable way. After reading about The Cullen Hotel, I decided with our love for art and design this would be a perfect fit for the occasion as well as an excellent place to stay for a few nights.
I was able to get in touch with the Sales Coordinator at the Art Series Hotel Group, Beckie Mitchell, who works with the company that owns the hotel. Beckie went to great lengths in helping me come up with a plan to make sure this surprise would be one that neither I nor Candis would ever forget! With it's wonderful panoramic view of Melbourne, located in the Prahran district, we decided that the rooftop and it's gorgeous view would be the perfect setting, followed by a wonderful and romantic dinner at a restaurant that she suggested.
When the big day came, Candis and I were doing some 'shopping' in the Prahran area when I suggested we 'pop in' to see this great new boutique hotel I had read so much about, based around Australian artist Adam Cullen. Beckie (who mind you made a special journey to The Cullen from her office across town) was there to greet us, as we had secretly arranged, and take us on what Candis thought would be a casual tour of the hotel. The attention to design, layout, color and of course the vibrant artwork is striking throughout The Cullen, from approaching the entrance through the hotel lobby and throughout the rooms. After describing some of the details about the various original and print pieces by Adam Cullen adorning the walls of the hotel, Beckie lead us up to the top floor and the rooftop. As she slid open the opaque glass door to the outer balcony there was a single table with 2 chairs, 2 glasses and a bottle of bubbly chilling on ice! Since Candis had no clue this was for us we turned our attention to the gorgeous view, just as the sun was setting, of the city of Melbourne. In my many trips visiting this wonderful city, this was the first time I had been able to see the entire city from such a perfect vantage point! Candis looked out from the corner of the balcony and just as she turned around there I was with her ring in my hand! She was in utter astonishment, and had no idea this was all for her, so once she said 'Yes' and we got a grip on ourselves we turned our attention to each other and the excellent bottle of champagne, drinking as we took in all that had just happened amidst a sunset overlooking Melbourne. We then checked into our room (the staff at the hotel had already arranged for our bags to be taken upstairs earlier that day to maintain the full surprise) before heading downstairs where a driver was waiting for us arranged by the hotel. After a spectacular meal at a restaurant recommended and reserved by Beckie we returned to the hotel and settled into our room - a most perfect fit for our tastes.
Our room had a long layout, with some wonderful key features worth mentioning:
Bed/Bedding - incredibly comfy, and to be honest the best sleep I've had in recent memory
Kitchenette - came in very handy over our stay complete with fridge, electric range, bar sink, dishwasher and minibar snacks that were organic and healthy - a quality we always look for
TV - large flat-screen and networked into the main hotel with interactive menus about the hotel amenities and other info
Shower/Bathroom - sleek and clean, motion-sensor fan, and a nice big shower!
Storage Space/Cabinets - lots and lots of space, even enough for women ;)
And of course stunning Adam Cullen prints and literature in the room
Beckie had even left us a lovely card to say congratulations and offering any further assistance on our bedside table!
All in all I can honestly say this is one of the most memorable hotel experiences I/we've had. The attention to detail and caring about the little things both in customer service and the hotel's layout really made such a lasting impression. Becky and the entire staff were so accommodating, especially with consideration to my special plans. The quality of service was second to none and members of the staff genuinely went out of their way on many occasions to see that we had all our needs met. While we mainly ate our breakfast meals in the restaurant, the food was always excellent and freshly made to order alongside wonderful service and modern decor.
I highly recommend this 5-star boutique hotel, whether on a business stay, an interested artist's getaway or for a romantic break just minutes from the CBD of Melbourne and the waterfront of St Kilda.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Prahran, Melbourne, The Cullen is inspired by Adam Cullen. Daring and unique, The Cullen features lashings of original artwork and prints by Australia’s most exciting contemporary artist, Adam Cullen.Sleep soundly in your Art Series Signature bed, then block out the morning or wake up to natural light and vibrant energy of Cullen works. Prepare breakfast using in room kitchenette facilities, spectacular views of Melbourne CBD, underground parking, state of the art gymnasium and two exciting restaurants ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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