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A Night At The Museum: The Best Art Hotels (PHOTOS)

Posted: 09/19/2012 7:00 am

Long gone are the days when a hotel could get by with a random smattering of thoughtless watercolors. Here are 10 Tablet hotels that give the local art galleries a run for their money.

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  • Gramercy Park Hotel - New York, New York

    A hotel designed by Julian Schnabel sets the bar high for art works, and the <a href="" target="_hplink">Gramercy Park Hotel</a> doesn’t disappoint — its permanent collection includes pieces by Hirst, Warhol, Basquiat, Picasso and Keith Haring.

  • Semiramis Hotel - Athens, Greece

    It takes some bold works to stand out against the backdrop of Karim Rashid’s typically riotous design, and <a href="" target="_hplink">Semiramis</a> opted only for the boldest, including pop-inspired works by the likes of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Jenny Holzer, Michael Bevilacqua, and Tim Noble & Sue Webster.

  • The Surrey - New York, New York

    <a href="" target="_hplink">The Surrey</a> is stuffed to the gills with modern and contemporary art works, beginning with Chuck Close’s one-of-a-kind portrait of Kate Moss, a daguerreotype image printed as a digitally-produced jacquard tapestry.

  • Haymarket Hotel - London, England

    <a href="" target="_hplink">The Haymarket</a>’s location near Trafalgar Square places it close to the National Gallery and the ICA, among others, but the lobby is a mini-museum unto itself, prominently featuring a sculpture by Tony Cragg and a landscape painting by John Virtue.

  • The James Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

    <a href="" target="_hplink">The James</a> is filled with works by local and international artists, starting with the lobby: Chicago-based artist Joel Ross dismantled a classic American motel room and rebuilt it whole in the entryway of the hotel, as an installation titled "Room 28."

  • The Dolder Grand - Zurich, Switzerland

    <a href="" target="_hplink">The Dolder Grand</a>'s owner Urs Ernst Schwarzenbach’s collection includes some modernist treasures, from Dalí's "Femmes Metamorphoses" to LeWitt’s "Horizontal Brushstrokes" and Henry Moore's "Three Piece Reclining Figure: Draped."

  • 21c Museum Hotel - Louisville, Kentucky

    Here the hotel is the contemporary art museum; <a href="" target="_hplink">21c Museum Hotel</a> contains 9,000 square feet of gallery space for its rotating exhibitions and impressive permanent collection, and serves as a venue for artist lectures, film screenings, poetry readings and more.

  • Byblos Art Hotel - Verona, Italy

    In a mansion outside Verona the <a href="" target="_hplink">Byblos Art Hotel</a> has assembled a wide-ranging collection, from photography by Marina Abramović and Beatriz Millar to paintings by Damien Hirst and even a (thankfully) sealed tin of Piero Manzoni’s “Merda d’Artista.”

  • River Retreat Garku - Toyama-shi, Japan

    The tranquil grounds of this Toyama ryokan create the perfect atmosphere for contemplating an outstanding collection of contemporary Japanese art and sculpture. In the <a href="" target="_hplink">River Retreat Garku</a>'s restaurant, there’s an entire wall of plaques by Ogawa Machiko, one of Japan's best-known ceramic artists.

  • Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar - Panama City, Panama

    Each of <a href="" target="_hplink">Tántalo</a>’s thirteen guest rooms was designed by a different local artist, and management clearly didn't keep them on a tight leash. The result is not a knick-knack here and a painting there, but bold wall-spanning murals inspired by the neighborhood's colorful street art.


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