Back in the day, most hotels gain a reputation in the industry because of their top-notch service, five- star amenities, and superb location.
Today, as the world experiences numerous shifts and transitions, art is the newest amenity and marketing strategy of the top luxurious hotels all over the world. These top properties could double as museums, given that millions of dollars are spent in acquiring art pieces.
If you are a fan of visiting museums and art galleries during your out of town trip, why not hit two birds with one stone by staying at the world’s most luxurious hotels that can double as museums and art galleries? Here are some of the world’s top-class hotels that boast collections so massive they could double as museums:
The Hilton Chicago
Art lovers and tourists who will be spending some time in Chicago would be glad to know that they could always check in at The Hilton Chicago. The hotel marries a beautiful unity of history in art, as it retells the story of the American presidents through artworks. It is interesting to know that this hotel has hosted every president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, which feeds its historical feel and ambiance.
The Kimpton Hotel Born
Nestled in LoDo, Denver’s oldest neighborhood, the Kimpton Hotel Born offers luxury amenities with a modern alpine aesthetic, on top of that, world-class art collections. The hotel boasts of an extensive art collection featuring the work of local artists. In conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art, 32 artists created original or limited-edition items commissioned exclusively for the hotel.
21c Museum Hotel Durham
Hotel owners Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson are art lovers, to begin with, and now are proud with over 2,000 pieces of artwork that adorn their hotel. Recognizing the potential of incorporating art into their business, they founded 21c Museum Hotel Durham with the intention of doubling it as an art gallery.
La Colombe D’or
In 1920, La Colombe d’Or began as a café bar and later expanded to an inn of three rooms. With interest in arts, the owner bargained and acquired paintings from artists in exchange of free meals or free stays in the inn. Soon enough, the walls of the hotel were covered by paintings from various artists. The collection is still continuously growing, being the latest installation made by Irish artist Sean Scully for the swimming pool area.
The Dolder Hotel
The Dolder Grand is home to an impressive lineup of more than 100 artworks from big-name artists, including Salvador Dali’s “Femmes métamorphosées, which is considered as one of their most prized possessions. The hotel’s collection also includes Fernando Botero’s “Woman with fruit” and Henry Moore’s “Three-Piece Reclining Figure: Draped.”
Conrad New York
The Conrad Hotel in downtown Manhattan is not only known for its name nor its impeccable service, but also because of the installations by Sol LeWitt hanging in its lobby. Luckily, not only guests can marvel at the sight since the hotel made it open for the spectator public.
Once in Italy, consider staying at (or visiting) Rome Cavaleri in Rome to marvel at its impressive collection of masters’ paintings, rare tapestries, French period furniture and exquisite sculptures.
Artists featured throughout the hotel span the traditional to the contemporary, including Henri Vollet, Ennio Morlotti, Nicolas Tournier, Andy Warhol and Victor Brauner. Further in the hotel are busts and monuments made of marble and bronze.
One of the selling factors of hospitality art is its ability to combine culture with comfort, marry art and identity, and give hotel’s brands a new face by incorporating two ends of a traveler’s definition of leisure.
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