Art, in all its varied forms, can inspire, tranquilize, provoke, excite, or quietly move. More and more hotels understand this, embracing art and aesthetics into their overall design and decor, dropping the amateur sunsets and tepid watercolors of yore for more serious works of art. The results provide an impressive and eye-pleasing array of choices for art connoisseurs and hotel-lovers alike.
One can start with a sublime stay at New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel represents the creme of New York Art Hotels, with a lobby laden with 20th century masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, and Julian Schnabel. Gramercy offers patrons a chance to experience museum-quality art in an intimate, relaxed environment.
Gramercy Park Hotel |2 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10010
The James Chicago has fostered local artistic talent since it opened, with works like the wall installation by Demarcus Purham in the lobby, and the installation “Room 28” by Joel Ross in the permanent collection. It also collaborates with the Monique Meloche Gallery and its artist-in-residence program finding work to rotate through the hotel’s other public spaces.
The James Chicago | 55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Santa Monica’s Shutters On The Beach boasts an impressive collection of lithographs, objets d’art, and original works by masters such as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney, as well as easy access to the beach and the pier, and an award-winning restaurant serving fresh California fare.
Shutters On The Beach | One Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90405
On the shores of Miami Beach, stands The National—a singular art deco masterpiece, designed by Roy France, one of the period’s foremost architects. Totally restored in 1997, art deco oozes from the National’s pores. The hotel’s restaurant ceiling, a intricate mosaic comprised of thousands of tiny tiles, was patterned after a painting by art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka.
The National |1677 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
Relaunched by Morgans Hotel Group in 2003, Shore Club resort also graces Miami Beach. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield with landscaping inspired by the rich Matisse colours of the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Shore Club looks and feels like art. Touches like tufted floor cushions, hand-woven tribal rugs and patterned throw pillows add a warm and textured gallery of textiles to the experience. Shore Club |1901 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139