Melbourne, Australia

Art Series-The Blackman

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • The hotel is on fashionable St Kilda Road, near the Botanical Gardens & Prahran Market
  • The art-themed suites each have a balcony & designer furnishings
  • With the Overstay Checkout service, you can check out later when available
  • Family packages include art kits 

100% (15 Member Ratings)

"We really enjoyed our stay at the Cullen however I left some valuable jewellery there which was unable to be located, which I was extremely disappointed with."
Oct 23, 2013
Albury, Australia


Map & Directions

From Melbourne Airport, it's a 19-minute drive, with taxis and Uber costing AU$55-$65 (£27-£32). You can take the airport shuttle bus from the T2 Arrivals bus stop (departs every five minutes), then change at Spencer Street/Lonsdale Street for a Metropolitan bus to Slater Street/St Kilda Road, from which it is a 1-minute walk to The Blackman -- the entire journey takes roughly 75 minutes, and costs around AU$22 (£11), each way.

Rooms & Rates

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Surrounded by some of Melbourne's lushest green spaces, yet within the Central Business District, the hip boutique Blackman Hotel -- part of the Art Series group -- is in an enviable location. Named after Sydney figurative artist Charles Blackman, whose gentle, dream-like work is displayed throughout, the hotel aims to stimulate its guests' creativity, even offering art kits as part of the family package.

The hotel is a 10-minute walk inside the adjacent Royal Park to the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens, home to over 12,000 species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife. Here you can explore the Australian Rainforest Walk and picnic by the Ornamental Lake. Other places of note within the massive park are the Shrine of Remembrance, National Herbarium and Observatory, Queen Victoria Gardens and floral clock on St Kilda Road. There are also two nearby lakes studded with picturesque small islands.

The Blackman is also hot on sustainability, with bikes and eco-friendly smart cars available for hire (AUS$50 a day, approximately£24). The hotel is within Zone 1 and has good public transport links, including Flinders Street Railway Station and South Yarra Railways Station, both within a 25-minute walk. You can purchase travel tickets from reception.

The hotel has two popular St Kilda Road eateries, French café and patisserie Fleur Depot de Pain and Italian restaurant Classico. Each of the hotel's 209 spacious suites features balconies and designer furnishings, with Art Series signature beds. The suites range in size from 1- to 2-bed studios with state-of-the art kitchens to luxury penthouses, residences and group accommodation options. Check out the great options for families. The art kits are a guaranteed hit with the kids. 



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 11am

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • This property offers transfers from the airport. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Children 12 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between AUD 10 and AUD 35 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: AUD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room high-speed Internet (wired): AUD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: AUD 9.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: AUD 25 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: AUD 35.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 70.00 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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Enjoyed Most: Great location
Other Comments: Great rooms
Joanna Oct 23, 2013 Sydney, Australia
Enjoyed Most: We really enjoyed our stay at the Cullen however I left some valuable jewellery there which was unable to be located, which I was extremely disappointed with.
Ross Oct 23, 2013 Albury, Australia
Enjoyed Most: The room, very new & funky, comfy bed, awesome decor.
Other Comments: Great position. My husband & I saw checked in a next to a TV star which was very exciting!!
Kristy Lyon Oct 23, 2013 Gold Coast, Australia
Enjoyed Most: The discounted price!! On the question below "Value for Money", I am answering in ref to the TravelZoo price.... I don't think I would pay a higher price for the room. The location was good, on a major tramline into the city. I'm an art lover with advanced degree in design and I found the public spaces throughout the hotel an absolute joy.
Other Comments: The room... on first appraisal it was SPECTACULAR! The art is amazing and the room is 'designed' to the max. But we agreed that there was an excess of 'decoration' (diff from design) to the detriment of being able to function properly as a hotel room into which two people are bringing their own stuff. This would be the perfect hotel room to bring someone for a torrid surprise evening with absolutely no baggage.
Jill Oct 17, 2013 Glen Osmond, Australia
Enjoyed Most: Everything
katherine Oct 17, 2013 box hill, Australia
Enjoyed Most: the location was ideal for me , also the staff were very helpful , its a lovely comfortable hotel.
linda Oct 17, 2013 adelaide, Australia
Enjoyed Most: Excellent service and stunning surrounds/detail to attention. Brilliant!
Other Comments: Could thoroughly recommend The Cullen as first class Accomodation.
Carmel Oct 17, 2013 Leongatha, Australia
Enjoyed Most: Love the ambience and the location
Helene Oct 17, 2013 Berwick, Australia
Enjoyed Most: Room and bathroom very dark. Artwork interesting but definitely not my taste. Great access to public transport to city. Very helpful staff. Good location
Brad Jul 05, 2013 Perth, Australia
Enjoyed Most: Fantastic experience, we were luckily upgraded too.
Belinda Jul 03, 2013 Pyrmont, Australia

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