Art Hotels – I
It is an aspiration of a cultured and seasoned traveler to get the most out of each of his travels. The most satisfying of all these combinations is that of travel with a taste of culture class and the arts. We talk here about some of the hotels from around the world that have meticulously and a lot of care put together a space for the travelers to absorb the finesse of the various disciplines of art.
21c Museum Hotel
700 W Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
The arts are enmeshed in this gorgeous hotel with the way it is designed, yet it stands apart. Created as a part of an urban renewal project, to bring in a revered museum and a hotel to the area 21c Museum Hotel is the first of its kind that has cohesively designed a museum within the hospitality world. Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, the brain behind the hotel are renowned collectors. The hotel features an intriguing installation/room by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe and if you are lucky then you may get to spend the night in “Asleep in the Cyclone”, a Buckminster Fuller tribute made completely from recycled materials. Everything, down to even the blankets and linen are curated by the duo to create a genuinely immersive artwork.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
25 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia
With an enviable collection of 300 artworks, The Henry Jones Art Hotel exhibits them on a rotational basis. Each of the 56 rooms highlight these pieces in an apt manner. These artworks that find their place in the rooms come from upcoming as well as renowned artists from Tasmania. The common areas like the Studio Lounge, Art Installation Suite, restaurant and bars are no exception as they quite elegantly display some exquisite pieces. What adds on to the whole experience and makes it memorable is that after spending your holiday here, you can take home your favorite. All the displayed work here is for sale!
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6 Canada
The local artists have beautifully amalgamated fine art with interior design and brought together the 37 unique rooms in Toronto’s Gladstone hotels. The hotel’s spirit and support for the arts extends so very far beyond this. The Gladstone is a cultural center for other creatively spirited events like performing arts, music, exhibitions, film and more. With around 70 art openings a year to its credit, the historic hotel has secured its name not only as a globally respected art hotel, but also as a flourishing spot for showcasing arts from varied genres.
Au Vieux Panier
13 Rue du Panier 13002 Marseille, France
Au Vieux Panier gets its dynamic quality from its practice of choosing five different artists every year to transform their five boutique rooms into floor to ceiling works of art. This ever evolving 17th century hotel gets its edge from the sheer surprise the travelers are greeted with, every year. The guests get an opportunity to sleep in the works of art created by artists like graffiti legend Tilt, Mass Confusion, Mist, and Julien Colombier. It is due to this dynamic exhibition of art that fans of the arts are attracted to come back every year and experience a new work of art every time.
Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
With a daunting and revered museum quality art collection to boast of, the Gramercy Park Hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels set on the private Gramercy Park. This luxurious hotel is elegant and even the walls ooze opulence as they exhibit works of masters like Basquiat, Botero, Colen, Warhol, Haring and Hirst to name a few. Even with the luxurious grandeur of the hotel there is an intimate quality to it, giving the whole experience a private chateau like ambiance in the middle of Manhattan.
Jarmers Plads 3 1551 Copenhagen V, Denmark
Art, as we have all experienced is subjective, open to interpretation and Hotel Fox approaches it in the same spirit. The hotel has larger than life installations created by young artists, which have then been incorporated into rooms. The whole experience has been created in the same vein as art viewing, inducing the same awe and inspiration as when we stand facing a masterpiece. The installations that are incorporated in the rooms are of great impact and they make the guests feel like a part of the same, provoking them to weave a tale and narration of their own as they live inside these works of art.
These inspired hotels have brought art and culture into the living quarters, creating interest and arousing curiosity among those that are fortunate enough to have an opportunity to live it and experience it.