by Alana Saphin in Cool Travel on Friday 9 December 2011

The fabulously stylish Cullen is one of three boutique hotels in the Art Series Group, which dedicates hotels to individual artists. Australian greats Adam Cullen, John Olsen and Charles Blackman are the first three to be honoured in this way.

This wonderful boutique experience is not for the faint-hearted traveller. As a guest you are immediately immersed within the aesthetic style of the artist and Adam Cullen’s work is quite confronting. The hotel boasts a series of work dedicated to a new twist in the classic Australian tale of Ned Kelly. As you make your way through the hotel, you can discern Cullen’s empathy for the bushrangers and his disdain for the law.

While the hotel boasts two fine restaurants (dumplings and tapas), it’s also situated in the upmarket Melbourne suburb of Prahan, so an array of the best dining and shopping (Chapel street and my favourite Greville Street) experiences, including the famous Prahan markets, are within walking distance.

The Art Series Hotel Group is currently a major sponsor of Out Post on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island, a Sydney Harbour Trust project celebrating street art from around the world. Out Post finishes up on December 11, and with over 55,000 people visiting the island since the exhibition opened early November, I’d encourage those who haven’t been out yet to check it out.