Art hotels offer something a little different for guests and will inspire all who set foot in their beautifully designed rooms. Whether you are an experienced traveler looking for a break from the norm or an art connoisseur that would like to wake up surrounded by breathtaking artwork, the following 10 hotels will definitely not disappoint, and you may even return with a brand new addition for your own private art collection.
1. Les Etangs de Corot, Ville-d’Avray, France
Located just 15 minutes from Paris, this charming hotel is a tribute to French landscape painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and is surrounded by picturesque ponds and forest. The hotel boasts its very own Caudalie Spa offering ‘vinotherapie’ treatments, and budding artists will enjoy the oil painting and pastel drawing classes held beside the ponds.
2. The New Hotel, Athens, Greece
The New Hotel is situated in the heart of the ancient city of Athens close to Syntagma Square and is within walking distance of the Acropolis. The interior is designed by two Brazilian designers known as the Campana brothers who create stunning furniture using scrap materials such as wood, cardboard, cloth, and plastic bottles.
3. The Surrey, New York, USA
This trendy hotel contains an impressive art collection consisting of 31 modern art pieces displayed against a backdrop of black, white, and sepia. Guests can dine at the Michelin starred Café Boulud before retiring to the presidential suite which contains a fireplace, baby grand piano, walk-in closets and private sauna.
4. Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome, Italy
This magnificent Art Deco hotel is situated on the legendary street of Via Veneto, and is home to the most prestigious stores in Italy, and guests can spend the day shopping before heading back to Brunello Lounge and Restaurant which serves traditional Mediterranean dishes.
5. Au Vieux Panier, Marseille, France
This small guesthouse allows one artist to design each of its 6 rooms, and the entire hotel is redecorated every year. Guests are invited to ‘wake up in a work of art’, and aspiring interior designers can even apply for the opportunity to decorate one of the rooms.
6. Hotel Fox, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hotel Fox is the result of a collaboration of 21 international artists, and each of the 61 rooms features their own quirky design ranging from Japanese superheroes to wild animals. The hotel offers a roof terrace, lounge and breakfast buffet, and is situated in Copenhagen’s ultra-trendy Latin Quarter which is home to artists, musicians, and plenty of vintage and second-hand stores.
7. Arte Luis, Berlin, Germany
Housed in a beautiful neoclassical building dating back to 1825, the Arte Luis offers 50 individually designed rooms and a lobby filled with sculptures and installations that will impress even seasoned art critics. The Stairway of the Philosopher is a nice touch, and guests can read excerpts from the books of local philosopher Dr. Wilhelm Schmid painted on the walls as they climb the stairs.
8. Art Factory Hostel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
For a more urban experience, the avant-garde Art Factory Hostel located in San Telmo will soon introduce you to the hip, bohemian culture of downtown Buenos Aires. The accommodation is pretty basic, but the hostel makes up for it with an inclusive all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and onsite library.
9. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart, Australia
Set in a former jam factory, this five-star luxury hotel is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, and bears the name of the factory’s owner who rose from humble beginnings to become a hugely successful entrepreneur. Artwork by graduates from the Tasmanian College of the Arts is distributed around the hotel and most pieces are available to buy.
10. Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada
37 individually designed rooms make up the Gladstone Hotel, and the venue hosts over 70 different art exhibitions every year. The hotel is ideal for younger guests seeking a party atmosphere as it has 4 different event spaces that host karaoke nights, live bands, book launches and club nights. The Gladstone is also well-known for its edgy, alternative art shows and often features collections from controversial artists.
Art hotels are not only for art lovers as their lively energy appeals to travelers of all backgrounds. If you are bored of the neutral color schemes and the subdued atmosphere found in regular hotels, spend the night in an art hotel to stimulate your creativity and awaken the artist in you.