Gone are the days when hotels were just a place in a foreign land offering a place for you to lodge, filled with nondescript prints as wallpapers along halls and mass-produced paintings. Luxury hotels all around the world fight to have the privilege to house the works of art by revered art masters and contemporary hot shots. They are turning their lobbies, hallways and suites into gallery-like spaces, displaying famous artwork as part of their décor.
Today, hotels are not just hotels, they are transforming into art galleries, where you can spend a night or two.
Hospitality Art is fast becoming a global trend, especially for big time hotels in the key cities of the world. Today, travelling doesn’t only allow you to explore the natural wonders of nature, but see with your own two eyes the talents of notable artists who displayed their gift through painting, sculpture and the likes.
Today, Art by its own, becomes the tourist destination.
Here are the some of the hotels around the globe that houses the world’s best art collections you must definitely see.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
The art collection in the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore will make you drop your jaw in amazement. Their wide variety of world renowned artists, from Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Dale Chihuly, David Hockney to Henry Moore are just the tip of the iceberg if you see their collection. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore houses more than 4,000 pieces of contemporary art, valued at about $4 million.
The hotel’s Stella room has also called the attention of art enthusiasts because it houses a three-dimensional Moby Dick mural by Frank Stella that wows guests every single time. The installation is about 4 metres high, is a pair of wall reliefs with print treatment, fiberglass and metals. The hotel is kind enough to allow guests to use it as a backdrop for weddings or events.
- The Dolder Grand
This famous hotel in Zurich houses more than 100 pieces of artwork made by non other than its owner. The Dolder Grand will also let you be astounded over the works of Salvador Dali, Camille Pissarro, Henri Martin and Damien Hirst hanging on the walls across the hotel, from the spa, hallways, to the restaurant and lobby.
The 1899-era building also houses special suites inspired by artists, such as the Carezza suite. It’s fashioned after the work of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, complete with a curving terrace that runs around the entire suite offering views of the Alps.
- 21C Museum Hotel.
If you are in the mood for vibrant-colored art, well, you should definitely see the collection in 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, USA. It houses its own in-house galleries that feature rotating exhibits, including photographs and installations from emerging and established artists.
Some of the hotel’s exhibitions include Aftermath: Witnessing War, Countenancing Compassion, which features international artists such as Steve Mumford, Kara Walker and Miguel Angel Rojas. Camille Utterback‘s Text Rain video work, Iván Navarro‘s Untitledlightbulb and mirror ceiling installation in the elevators, and Ned Kahn‘s Cloud Rings, which emits mist into to the exterior sidewalk.
- ARIA Resort & Casino.
As part of Las Vegas’ CityCenter development, ARIA hosts plenty of bold works of public art — from Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure sits outside the lobby, to a LED installation by Jenny Holzer that flashes various quotations in the valet area outside the nightclub.
- The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.
Since the Jefferson is located just a stone’s throw from the White House, The hotel’s art collection leans more to the patriotic end of the spectrum. The hotel displays busts of Founding Fathers by Jean-Antoine Houdon, along with oil paintings narrating key events in American history.
You can also marvel at the Native American engravings, historic documents signed by Jefferson himself, 18th century maps, as well as other beautiful pieces of art. The lobby also features a beautiful skylight from 1923.
For sure, the first thing your eyes will ogle in this hotel is the the lobby’s jaw-dropping Fiori di Como blown-glass chandelier by artist Dale Chihuly, but that’s just the beginning of Bellagio’s art collection.
The noted Las Vegas hotel has its own gallery, currently displaying 20 paintings by Claude Monet borrowed from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- The Joule.
This downtown Dallas hotel displays modern art from Andy Warhol’s Electric Chairs that hangs over the espresso bar, Richard Phillips’ The Eye Flower oil painting that hangs in the lobby to David Levinthal’s Polaroids of Barbie dolls that will guide you in the10th floor hallway leading to the hotel’s pool.
- The St. Regis San Francisco.
Since the hotel is sitting next door to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The St. Regis San Francisco has to up their art game. It has its own art exhibit in the lobby with large scale paintings such as the contrasting Love and War, both by Andrew Morrow along with a bronze sculpture by San Francisco artist Stephen De Staebler. A ceramic rose petal installation by Pascale Girardin is also a popular setting for weddings in the hotel.
- Elma Hotel, Zichron Ya’akov, Israel
The Elma hotel, founded by collector Lily Elstein, is not only a museum within a hotel, but also stands as an art center where two performance spaces are allocated inside the Brutalist building, and sits on stunning hilly land overlooking the Mediterranean.
Works in the collection date from the Post-Impressionist era, including Pablo Picasso, Braque, Jim Dine, as well as works by proudly Israeli artists, such as Sigalit Landau.
- The Surrey, New York
The Surrey in New York has all the trappings of glamour you would expect from a five-star hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
You’ll be greeted by a Jenny Holzer piece as you enter the lobby and the famous Chuck Close tapestry of Kate Moss as you make your way up to the rooms.
The hotel’s collection consists of 31 artworkks including an interactive video installation in the bar by William Kentridge.