The best hotels for art lovers
Spend the night with some of the world's best art collections at these hotels.
Didn’t make it to an art fair this summer? You can still get your culture fix on the road. At these stunning hotels around the world, art is the main attraction all year round. Science suggests that being surrounded by art supports your physical and mental health, so a stay in one of these rooms can only improve your visit. And if you ask nicely, well-connected staffers just might introduce you to buzzy local artists and gallerists.
The Opposite House, Beijing, China
Located in the trendy bar and shopping district of Sanlitum, this boutique hotel retains a Zen-like minimalism among the chaos of the city. Look up to see soaring sheets of metal mesh draped through the air. Scattered in public spaces are sculptures from Chinese artists that nod to the country's rich past and tumultuous present. In the lobby's central atrium, the hotel hosts rotating three-month art installations that are dramatically lit.
Park Hyatt New York
In museum-mad Manhattan, you might not have to step foot out of your hotel to see high art. The Park Hyatt New York houses more than 235 works, including large-scale drawings by Karl Haendel. An art concierge provides guests with exclusive access to private galleries in the city. Staff can also arrange tickets to performances at Carnegie Hall across the street.
Eresin Crown Hotel, Istanbul
Ever fantasized about spending a night in a museum? This is as close as you’re ever going to get. The hotel, built on the former site of the Great Palace, still has original walls and columns intact, along with 49 pieces of Constantinople-era artifacts and a gallery of modern photographs.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
Its castle-like exterior looks like something straight out of Brother’s Grimm—except for the portions flanked by two modern stone-and-glass buildings. You’ll get a pop art welcome when you check in from Andy Warhol's Big Retrospective Painting behind the front desk. A self-guided iPad tour maps out the collection, which includes pieces by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Donald Judd and more.
Fellah Hotel, Tassoultante, Morocco
A 20-minute drive from Marrakech rests the tranquil Berber village of Tassoultante. Sprawled over 27 acres of cacti and slopes, Fellah Hotel has 62 rooms, each one with a view of the Atlas mountains and decorated in a Moroccan-meets-hipster vibe. Proceeds from each guest's check-in goes to Dar al-Ma'mun, a UNESCO-recognized art center and library on-site that provides artist residencies as well as cultural education and activities for locals.
Hotel Silken Puerta América, Madrid
Starchitect Jean Nouvel designed the building's brightly colored facade. Inside, each floor was created by a different architect or designer, including Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid (in her characteristic flowing style), Holger Kehne (sci-fi space themed) and Kathryn Findlay (of Soft and Hairy house fame).
Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania
Housed in a converted jam factory, guests encounter hundreds of local artworks, from paintings to photography to mod furniture in the hotel's public spaces. Anything strike your fancy? Take it home: Most of the art is for sale.