If museums and art galleries are at the top of your itinerary when traveling, here's an interesting way to get your culture fix: Special lodgings that offer fascinating artwork right in your suite, or at least throughout the hotel itself. From burgeoning local artists to recognizable names, these 12 hotels basically double as museums.
Located in Denver's oldest neighborhood, LoDo, the offers luxury amenities with a modern alpine aesthetic. In addition to knotty pine walls and cozy fireplaces throughout the property, the hotel also features an extensive art collection featuring the work of local artists. In conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art, 32 artists created original or limited-edition items commissioned exclusively for the hotel. One of the main attractions is the Joel Swanson installation, lining the hotel entrance — an infinite field of the the word "there" — making guests consider where they are at this moment in time.
Founded by two contemporary art collectors, is located in 7 cities throughout the United States, from Cincinnati to, most recently, Nashville (still under construction). Each property is centered around a multi-venue contemporary art museum — with exhibition space free of charge to the public — which is attached to a boutique hotel and restaurant.
Originally built in 1889, has long been a retreat for artists and other creatives (many use to stay there after performances at the nearby Massey Hall). Each of the 37 rooms in the hotel was designed by a different artist, meaning you can sleep in a one-of-a-kind themed space. Some standouts include , and .
In 1920, began as a café bar and later expanded to an inn of three rooms. The owner, who had a particular interest in the arts, would often offer a few meals or a stay in exchange for paintings, which soon covered the walls. Since then, the art collection has continued to grow, with the most recent installation completed by Irish artist for the swimming pool area.
Many artists who have been inspired by the scenic beauty of St. Lucia have dedicated their art to , a resort surrounded by lush green hills and pristine waters. Guest rooms and public spaces in the hotel are decorated with original art by local artists, including vibrant murals, "sky ceilings" and wooden sculptures. Artwork is also available to buy if you, too, find yourself inspired.
Every floor of Manhattan's is marked by a specific installation with work by artists such as Sheila Pepe, John Waters, and Bob and Roberta Smith. Overall, the hotel is home to more than 500 original works of art in common areas and guest rooms.
Tucked away next to a forest and overlooking the streets of Zürich, is home to an impressive lineup of more than 100 artworks from big-name artists. Take, for example, Salvador Dali's "Femmes métamorphosées - Les sept arts," Fernando Botero's "Woman with fruit" and Henry Moore's "Three-Piece Reclining Figure: Draped." Other famous names represented at the Dolder Grand include Zaha Hadid and Joan Miró.
You likely think of as a place to hit the slots, but you may want to pay a visit just to observe the art. The 3,005-room resort showcases a constantly-updated lineup of contemporary art on its grounds. In 2015, it partnered with to curate an art collection for nearly 50 new luxury suites, featuring artists such as Julie Graham and Jessica Craig-Martin. The hotel even has six Art-o-mat machines, which dispense original artworks by more than 400 artists.
Truly an art gallery to stay in, by Waldorf Astoria is something of a museum with its collection of masters' paintings, rare tapestries, French period furniture and fine sculptures. Artists featured throughout the hotel span the traditional to the contemporary, including Henri Vollet, Ennio Morlotti, Nicolas Tournier, Andy Warhol and Victor Brauner. As you walk through the hotel, you'll also find marble and bronze columns and busts.
While hotel is truly an art hotel with its paintings from local and Native American artists, much of its artistry also shows in that intricate details that grace the historic bones of the hotel, including handcrafted glass tiles, beautiful wooden headboards and cabinets, and handmade chandeliers of tin, glass and copper.
When you first walk into , you're greeted with a striking blue and purple Sol LeWitt painting, "Loopy Doopy (Blue and Purple)," that rises 13 stories high (it took 100 gallons of paint and 3,000 hours to complete). The hotel has also partnered with the to feature rotating art exhibits in addition to its 2,000 works already on display in suites and public areas.
Book one of the “” suites at the , and wake up to some of the world’s greatest artists. Hand-signed pieces by the likes of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, William John Kennedy and Andy Warhol, among others, adorn the walls of the four suites, each devoted to a different art genre – contemporary, surrealism, modernism, and pop art. Expertly curated furnishings from designers like Eero Saarinen and Jonathan Adler round out the experience. Another highlight: Guests are greeted by the elegant lines of sculptor Gino Miles’ "Transition" as soon as they enter the suites’ private lobby.