Some hotels transcend the ordinary, going beyond basic accommodation and turning the entire room into a designed work of art. In some cases, this will involve hiring a specific artist to outfit the entire establishment, while other hotels will assign each room to a different artist or a different theme.
Life-sized murals, walls covered in street art and playful pop art paintings turn these rooms into your own personal exhibit.
If you've ever dreamed of sleeping in a museum, check out some of the most beautiful art hotels in the world:
This hotel is often called a "gallery where you can spend the night" and is located in one of the city's most exciting neighborhoods: Berlin-Mitte, the city center. Comprising a neo-classical residential palais dating from 1825 and an addition built in 2003, the hotel has a total of 50 rooms, a generous lobby and an art gallery that also serves as a venue for events. All rooms in the hotel have been individually decorated by a renowned artist. Every room is an original, and the only thing that they all have in common is high artistic quality. The sculptures in the lobby and the philosophy in the stairwell accompany guests en route to their rooms. Those who want to learn more about Germany's past, for example, can choose to stay in Room 432, titled "The History of Berlin." Others who prefer the future over the past can opt for Room 431, called "Future Comfort." >> Read about what to drink, and where, in Germany.
At the Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel, each of the 13 rooms is uniquely designed by an artist, poet, photographer, designer or musician. Since each of these contributors was awarded complete freedom to interpret the space as he or she pleased, the result is a collection of hotel rooms that are an adventurous, humorous (and sometimes ironic) representation of Cape Town's contemporary cultural landscape. Each room has its own name, such as "The Freshroom" by artist Karl Straub (see photo above). The Freshroom is the only Daddy Long Leg's Room that was pegged to a commercial product, Mentos. However, instead of simply being a Mentos billboard, the room still exudes the signature Daddy Long Legs sense of the unexpected. The resulting room contains no less than 2,500 rolls of Mentos mints, most of which form part of the furniture. From the raised wallpaper to the bubble mosaics on the shower floor, the room is replete with the recurring circular design. To the side of the bed are three round knobs that work as light mixers so that you can adjust the room color. On the wall hangs a beaming pin-up faced Mona Lisa ready with her Mentos. >> Buy tickets to Cape Town or find out what to do with three days in Cape Town.
"Stay and sleep in a work of art!" is the slogan of this establishment. Located in one of Toronto's most vibrant neighborhoods, the Gladstone Hotel is a values-based business dedicated to offering an immersive and authentic experience to its guests. It prides itself as being more than a hotel, and instead bills itself as a social and cultural incubator that offers sustainable, accessible ways of experiencing art, culture, community as well as local cuisine. In fact, the hotel hosts more than 100 arts-related events each month. Each of the 37 guests rooms have been individually designed by local Toronto artists. The above photo shows room 304 "Faux Naturelle" by Allyson Mitchell. Here is her artist statement about the room: "The hotel guest staying in this fairy glen will have a jumb-o-tron view of a bevy of husky wood nymphs frolicking in a forest glade via a giant erotic fun fur canyon scene covering the largest wall in the room." >> Find a hotel in Toronto or search Toronto airfare.
At Hotel Fox, a modern and individual atmosphere is met by re-conceptualization combined with first-class service. 21 international artists, including graphic designers, urban artists and illustration experts, helped make this unique creation possible. Each room is an individual piece of art, from wacky comical styles to strict graphic design, from fantastic street art and Japanese Manga to simply spaced out fantasies. "61 rooms, 21 artists, 1000 ideas," as the slogan says. Above, you can see an image of room 106, also titled "Sleep Well" by French artist Geneviève Gauckler. Gauckler normally works with graphics software, creating colorful, collaged, kaleidoscopic mandala-like worlds defined by computer graphics. This room is the first time she worked on interiors. To her, the experience was a blast: "It's just your stuff and nothing else: No logo and no barcode to add! The glorious, technicolor-dream-coat room where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies." >> Find airfare to Copenhagen or book a hostel in Copenhagen.
Hotel Pelirocco describes itself as the "real rock 'n roll hotel." Its 19 bedrooms are themed around pop subculture, provoked by visionary artists, maverick musicians and inspired individuals. Overall, it reflects the melting pot of culture that Brighton stands for. The hotel is particularly proud to have a room decorated by the notorious Brighton twosome Stevi and Emma of Ophelia Fancy, a "Pin Up Parlour" dedicated to Diana Dors, the UK's answer to Marilyn Monroe and a sexy leopard print-clad boudoir dedicated to '50s bombshell Betty Page. Both Rough Trade and Skint records have put their names to a room at the hotel along with legendary punk artist Jamie Reid of Sex Pistols fame. Devotees of Muhammed Ali can stay in the knock-out "Ali's Room." There's also the Stolichnaya-sponsored "Stoli Salon," a contemporary take on soviet chic, equipped with chaise longue, furs, mood lighting and even Russian style hats. >> Read about more places to go in England outside of London.
Housed in a 19th-century building, this hotel is ideally situated in a quite location next to the Vondelpark. Its 38 fully equipped rooms are all designed according to different philosophical and cultural styles. In fact, each one is named after a world famous philosopher and decorated with matching pieces of original art, transcripts and memorabilia. For example, you could find yourself staying in the "Passion Room," dedicated to Georges Bataille. His book, "The tears of Eros," was what inspired the room design, and the basic premise of the Passion Room is "Platonic Love." In addition to the theme of passion, this room also links in with the teachings of the four elements: earth, air, water and fire. The dominant colors of the room are red and gold. >> Compare prices on airfare to Amsterdam or read our Amsterdam travel guide.
The Propeller Island City Lodge features 30 rooms designed by the German artist Lars Stroschen. "Living in a work of art" describes this establishment more than "hotel." Each room is absolutely unique, and by "unique," they mean literally, for the entirety of all furnishings and other objects you will discover here are custom-made, individual handiwork. Thus, you might as well call the city lodge a museum with guest accommodations. The latter vary from the tame to the extreme. For example, you might find yourself staying in a padded cell (room 28) or in a cage (room 43). The above photo shows Room 15, also known as "The Mirror Room." The diamond-shaped room is completely covered with mirrors and gives you the impression of living in a kaleidoscope. "Caution: Very Sexy!" warns the website description. >> Book flights to Berlin, find a Berlin hostel or get tips for visiting Berlin now.
Located in the heart of the city, Le Monde Hotel has 18 individually designed suites that are inspired by some of the world's most exciting cities. The above photo, for example shows the Atlantis room, where you can sit back and relax in the window seat, taking in the stunning design of this fantasy city. The large aqua glass art wall in sea blue brings the underwater world to life. The bathroom features a rainfall shower over the bathtub. The tropical fish tank above the bed is the signature feature of this suite. More than just a Scottish luxury boutique hotel, Le Monde also offers you three bars - Milan, Vienna and Paris as well as the chance to party in Shanghai Club, one of the top Edinburgh nightclubs. Imagine dining in Paris, clubbing in Shanghai and waking up in LA... >> Book a flight to Scotland or read about whisky tasting in Edinburgh
Each of the 43 rooms at this boutique hotel is painted by a different emerging artist from around the world. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco's French Quarter, at the crossroads of Union Square, the Financial District and right next to the great gates of Chinatown. In this unique location, Hotel des Arts offers the opportunity to experience art in a new and more immediate way than a gallery or studio. The above photo shows Room 506 by Brian Ermanski, whose urban-primitive, naïve aesthetic has been compared with that of Basquiat. In Ermanski's Painted Room, the words "She is tan" appear in one corner, apparently describing someone he just met. Near the bathroom, you can see a quick spray-can rendition of a Chanel #5 bottle. "I saw Scarface last night." "I am the world's forgotten boy." "JZ is @ Sway." >> Find flights to San Francisco or book a San Francisco hotel
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Photos: Lars Stroschen for Propeller Island City Lodge, diephotodesigner.de (Hotel Fox), Courtesy of Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel, Courtesy of Gladstone Hotel, Sandton Hotels, Courtesy of Hotel des Arts, Le Monde Hotel, Hotel Pelirocco, Arte Luise Kunsthotel.
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