Robert Indiana and Fernando Botero sculptures at LHotel, Old Montreal
Art in Hotels
Travellers looking to immerse themselves in culture and the arts instinctually flock to museums. The increasing trend of hotels doubling as public gallery spaces, however, allows visitors to view high-quality art by simply booking a stay. Instead of purchasing decorative art en masse from manufacturing companies, establishments are adopting a more discerning eye in terms of what graces their walls and lobbies.
Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst at the Gramercy Park Hotel, NYC
The Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC is a great example, as it boasts a fabulous collection replete with artwork by the likes of Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, George Condo, Julian Schnabel, among others. Miami is another city with an array of hotels featuring stunning collections, notably the Sagamore Hotel in South Beach known for its rotating exhibitions of museum quality art year-round. To our fellow Montrealers, if you are looking to stay local, check out LHotel in Old Montreal, a boutique hotel filled with 20th-century art where passersby are greeted with impressive large-scale Robert Indiana and Fernando Botero sculptures.
The art hotel trend is not only limited to obvious cultural hubs. 21c Museum Hotels is a quickly growing chain that aims to bring the art experience to luxury accommodations in so-called second-tier cities with locations in Cincinnati, Kansas City, Louisville, and Nashville. The brand is particularly focused on filling their common areas and private rooms with ultra-contemporary, cutting-edge artwork by both emerging and recognized 21st-century artists.
21c Museum Hotel, Durham
For your up-coming holiday travels, do some research into hotels that combine hospitality and culture!
Alex Katz painting in the lobby of the Langham Place, NYC