I recently stayed in the Art Series Cullen, and i was impressed by the experience. I was slightly concerned when I walked into the foyer and found it rather cold. Sure, there is artwork on the walls and a jug of water if you are thirsty (maybe not all that functional in a Melbourne winter), but the foyer just seemed cold. When I checked in, they wanted a credit card authorisation for $100 and also a copy of my ID. I have no idea why they needed the latter. I forgot to ask.
The hotel is appears modern and clean. It is the first hotel I have been in with RFID room keys which work well in the rooms, but leave something to be desired in the lifts. A simple beep when the card was read in the lift would make their use just that little bit better.
Finding my room was a slight challenge due to the font used on the room numbers. 201 and 207 look too similar. Once I got into the room, things were charming. The room looked really new, and it is obvious that a designer had spent some time on the layout. There is a 42" plasma TV on the wall opposite the double bed, a two seat sofa, a small table with two chairs and a kitchenette.
The kitchenette contained a small mini-bar, but it was much larger than the normal mini-bar so there was room to put other things into it. The microwave oven was built in, and the sink looked clean. This is a feature I was not expecting.
The bed was really comfortable, and very plush, similar to the Rydges Dream Bed. The pillows were long and really comfortable. It would seem that the people who installed the beds have actually slept in one!
The bathroom was a bit of a let down to be honest. It was rather pokey, but this was somewhat countered by the use of frosted glass between the bathroom and the main living area. I am not sure that I would use a hotel room for a business meeting for this reason. The shower takes up a third of the bathroom. It is so bad that the lid on the bin cannot open fully as it hits the toilet roll. The exhaust fan in the bathroom had a motion sensor which turned the fan on whenever you went into the room, which was sort of cool.
The air conditioner worked well. A major feature of a hotel if you ask me. So often this gets stuffed up.
The hotel provided a bath robe behind the door. I am not sure if there was a second bath robe somewhere, but I also only noticed one pair of slippers. Bit strange in a room with a king size bed if you ask me.
The room was really quiet, and once you dimmed the iPod docking station alarm clock was fairly dark too.
Overall, I will probably stay there again.