Hotels with museum like collections – I
The pleasure of travelling in luxury and style gets redoubled and accentuated by the delight of a world of art that exists in some unique hotels and getaways. Whether it is a glimpse of a legendary maestro or a budding contemporary artist, a guest is ensured an immersion in the world of art with this fabulous Museum hotels all over the world!
- The Surrey, New York
There is a certain amount of glamour that is expected from a luxurious five star on the Upper East Side Manhattan. The Surrey in New York has all these trappings a lot more to look forward to.
The architecture and décor of the hotel is slick and the art housed in the hotel is trendy and contemporary. At the foyer, the guests are greeted by a fabulous Jenny Holzer piece. As one heads to the rooms, the very famous and fabulous Kate Moss tapestry by Chuck Close might leave one awestruck.
The hotel boasts of a collection of 31 stunning works of art. The most unique piece however is in their bar, an interactive video installation by William Kentridge.
- Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore
Truly a museum hotel Ritz Carlton Millennia Singapore houses a massive collection of 4,200 artworks. The highlight and an introduction to the whole experience is being greeted at the entrance by a three ton Frank Stella piece right at the entrance.
Other artists of great repute and not to be missed are Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Rainer Gross, and Robert Zakanitch. The place truly has a passion for the arts and is not to be missed when in Singapore. The best part about this wondrous museum of a hotel is that one need not be a guest at the hotel to enjoy a viewing experience completely free of charge.
- La Colombe d’Or, Côte d’Azur
France is known for its rich art history and a strong bond between art, culture, society, and its people. The art history played out significantly in this part of the world and it can be felt in the very air of the country and Côte d’Azur is no different. A hotel with a rich art history had its beginnings in the 1920s as a bar named Chez Robinson. Today after the rechristening and restructuring La Colombe d’Or stands as a charming art hotel in the south of France.
Their collection is small but is of great historical context and value. The collection at La Colombe d’Or includes an impressive sculpture by Alexander Calder on the poolside and a Georges Braque mosaic. The latest addition to this extraordinary collection lies in the garden – a mosaic by Sean Scully.
The charm of a family business and the gorgeous location that Côte d’Azur is has drawn artists and freethinkers from all over especially in the 1940s. Gradually as time passed by, the likes of Joan Miro and Henri Matisse came and spent some time here, taking their own experiences along and leaving behind works of art that adorn the walls of La Colombe d’Or even today.
- The Dolder Grand, Zurich
Zurich, a destination that has inviting fascinations for people of varied interests and from all walks of life. Tourists travelling for work, romance, pleasure, art, or just for the sake of travelling have been drawn to this intriguing destination.
Luxurious and grand like its name, the hotel has an enviable collection of more than 100 paintings and sculpture belonging to varied art movements and styles from impressionism to contemporary.
The effect and experience of being in the presence of such respected and amazing artworks stays etched in the memories of those who experience it. The dining room is brought alive with paintings by Camille Pissarro and painting and sculpture masterpieces by artists like Murakami, Salvador Dali, Fernando Botero, Henry Moore, Joan Miro, Damien Hirst, and Keith Haring.
The piece de resistance, however is the humungous 11 meter Andy Warhol that greets you right in the foyer.