If you want your holidays to be filled with style, design and colour, why wait for museum doors to open or for queues to subside, when you could wake up already surrounded by sculpture and art? If your getaway priority is to relive the Renaissance or peruse the best of Pop Art, a break at one of the world’s top art hotels will guarantee you some seriously photogenic backdrops and awaken your inner art critic before breakfast is even served.
If quirky interiors and modern aesthetics are your thing, the Bohem Art Hotel in Budapest is an excellent place to lay your head before venturing out to explore the city’s fascinating art scene. Slick modern rooms, some adorned with vibrant paintings and others with contemporary collage, mean you can choose the decor to suit you and your travel companions.
Located on the corner of New York’s 6th Avenue, the Kimpton Hotel Eventi has recently undergone a huge revamp and proudly identifies as ‘a haven of design’. With a dazzling collection of contemporary art and rooms which sigh effortlessly with luxury (think leather arm chairs, oak furniture and cerebral coffee table hardbacks), this is a hotel truly in keeping with New York’s one-step-ahead cool.
Perhaps classical art is more to your taste? In which case, incomparable Rome should be the crowning glory of your travel to-do list. And where better to rest your head after a jam-packed day of amateur art-critiquing than at the First Roma hotel? Fancy designer furnishings and impressive artworks by Italy’s top contemporary artists make this a culture-vulture’s dream pad.
Based in Beijing’s business district, this kaleidoscopic hotel couldn’t be further from the slate-grey commute or menacing boardrooms of one of the world’s busiest economic capitals. Each suite is entirely unique, and with design ranging from avant-garde to traditional (with a twist). A four-poster bed with chiffon drapes caressing the floor or an indoor pool embellished with a twirling koi carp? One of life’s more glamorous decisions.
While you’ll be checking out Europe’s finest art history at the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum by day, at night you can curl up in one of Amsterdam’s coolest and kookiest hotels. The hotel invites guests on an ‘artistic adventure’ with the work of contemporary Dutch artist Atelier Van Lieshout is visible at every turn. Walls are for showcasing graphic design, carpets should make a statement (and some at art’otel literally do, with words and phrases embroidered on them). A charming base from which to discover eclectic Amsterdam.
A superbly luxurious place to stay, the Merrion’s walls are bedecked with art by Ireland’s finest 19th and 20th century painters. It’s a five-star location, snug in the very heart of pretty Dublin, and showcases work by Sir John Lavery, William Scott and Jack B Yeats to name a few. With a michelin starred restaurant and indulgent spa, the Merrion’s undeniable class is an excellent setting for an Irish art odyssey.
This hotel has an ever-changing display of art, and is proud to offer its guests a true taste of life in Nairobi, through its cuisine, decor and atmosphere. A boutique hotel in the affluent neighbourhood of Westlands, the Sankara provides a tastefully decadent setting for adventurers ready to discover Kenya’s bustling capital. Its subtle lighting, harmonious colours and top-quality linens create for the true warmth of home for its guests (if home was an impeccably designed five-star African resort, that is!).
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