Introducing The Cullen Hotel (R-Patz Not Included With Room Service)
OMG, Twihards! New Moon hysteria has finally culminated in an Edward Cullen hotel! An entire building dedicated to the godliness of R-Patz! OK, this isn’t actually true. (But can you imagine? It would be very dark and sexy, no?) But there is a new hotel called The Cullen—it’s in Melbourne, and has absolutely nothing to do with vampires. The boutique hotel in the funky suburb of Prahran is actually all about art, and is named for Australian artist Adam Cullen.
More than 450 works by Cullen dot the slick-looking property, including two life-sized painted fiberglass cows in the lobby. Cullen is considered Australia’s answer to enfant terrible artists like Damien Hirst, and while his pieces are similarly modern and feature lots of creatures, don't worry, you will not have to sleep in a room with an animal in formaldehyde. Everything is Cullen-themed here–he even decorated the smart cars available for guests to hire.
Aside from the art focus, The Cullen is in a great little spot, close to some of Melbourne’s tastiest restaurants and the shopping mecca that is Chapel Street. The tram is right outside (if you don’t want to drive that artsy smart car on the wrong side of the street) and you won’t be able to walk a block without being seduced by the smell of the best coffee in the world.
Lest you think the Cullen-theme is a little egomaniacal, other Aussie artists will get their own hotels in the near future. The Olsen (named for painter John Olsen, not Mary-Kate and Ashley) is scheduled to open on Chapel Street in February, and The Blackman, on St. Kilda Road, should follow in April. Another three Art Series Hotels are also on the cards, with plans for all to open by the end of 2011.
Rooms at The Cullen start at AU$239 this weekend, or AU$192 (about $170 USD) a night for a minimum 2-night stay. (And the forecast is for a balmy 72 degrees!)