A work of art: Six of the world’s best art hotels to visit this autumn
Frieze London in Regent’s Park (5-8 October 2017) is renowned as being one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary art fairs. Every year, Frieze London showcases art by over 1,000 influential artists from over 160 of the world’s leading galleries. Meanwhile Frieze Sculpture, open until 8 October 2017 in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens, presents a free outdoor display of 25 sculptures from around the world.
In celebration of Frieze, we’ve created a roundup of the world’s most beautiful art hotels.
Hotel Imperial, Prague
Hotel Imperial is a luxury boutique hotel which combines Art Deco architecture and Art Noveau interiors with the latest technology and modern comforts. The charming hotel’s lobby features colourful tiled walls, a mosaic ceiling and décor inspired by Egyptian and Mediterranean cultures. This enchanting hotel dates back to 1913 and is one of Prague’s most prestigious addresses. Hotel Imperial is situated in the UNESCO-protected historic Prague city centre and located within an elegant historical building. The grand marble staircase leads guests to the bedrooms which showcase the hotel’s artistic flair with Cubist-style furniture and original artwork in shades of red, yellow or beige.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich
Since the Dolder Grand opened in 2008, the five-star hotel has showcased over 100s of works of art. The hotel resides above Zurich in a fairy tale-like castle building and is home to Andy Warhol’s ‘Big Retrospective Painting’ which spans eleven metres and is proudly displayed above reception. The city resort provides guests with an art iPad to guide them through the art on display throughout the hotel. The iPad features information on the 124 works of art by 90 artists which include Henry Moore, Damien Hirst and Salvador Dalí. The five-star hotel has partnered with Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich and is now exhibiting some its works of art in the hotel for guests to admire.
The Arch London
The Arch London is one of the Capital’s most renowned hotels for art lovers. Behind the graceful façade of Georgian architecture lies a myriad of specially selected artworks including a moving art installation. The walls are adorned in eye-catching artworks by British talents, such as a black and white ‘Alphatecture’ series of prints which span the length of the gallery-inspired hall leading from the lobby. The Georgia Fiennes painting of “Spud III”, a French bulldog, in the reception lounge reflects the dog friendly ethos of the five-star hotel. While specially commissioned art includes Vincent Poole’s collage “New Shoes” in the entrance to the hotel which is a visual homage to Marylebone and the area surrounding the hotel. Abstract paintings in Le Salon de Champagne by London based Parisian artist Eleonore Pironneau perfectly represent the movement of the bubbles in a glass of champagne. Meanwhile, the guestrooms feature hand-painted bespoke wallpaper and eye-catching artworks by British talents. The Arch London is a short distance from Regent’s Park, making it the best place to stay during Frieze London.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Five-star Hotel Arts Barcelona was designed by Colombian-American architect Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. This luxury hotel boasts 44 stories of blue glass and exposed steel making the striking structure a landmark on the Barceloneta boardwalk. The hotel offers six restaurants and bars, a spa with a rooftop retreat and an exclusive collection of Spanish contemporary art. The hotel’s one-bedroom Arts Suite is located on the 30th floor – its interiors were specially created for the hotel by Josep Juanpere of GCA Architects Barcelona. Meanwhile, the two-bedroom Arts Penthouse is the most exclusive accommodation within the hotel with its own outdoor terrace and excellent views of the ‘Sagrada Familia’, one of the city’s most famous monuments.
Palace Hotel, Tokyo
The five-star Palace Hotel in Tokyo showcases over 1,000 individual pieces which have been specially commissioned or chosen for the hotel. The hotel offers art packages including the Transcendent Tokyo, providing guests with a chance to discover Tokyo’s world-class architecture and art scene with a bespoke private guided tour. The excursion is tailored to suit the individual guest’s interests whether that is a visit to Tokyo’s best museums or galleries or even to source a rare piece of art. The package also includes The Art of the Palace Hotel Tokyo Book to take away. On Wednesday afternoons, the hotel invites guests of all ages to try their hand at creating their own artwork with fun and interactive Origami classes. Guests can create their own floral bouquets, samurai hats, ninja stars and even their own paper Hello Kitty with a changeable wardrobe.
Hotel B, Lima (main image at the top of the article)
Arts-boutique Hotel B houses a unique art collection featuring graphic, photographs and oil paintings. The hotel has 17 guestrooms which have all been individually designed. It is surrounded by neighbouring galleries being located in the heart a fashionable seaside town – Barranco – which is home to some of Peru’s most well known artists, musicians, photographers and designers. The historic manor house where Hotel B resides was built in 1914 by French architect Claude Sahut. This palatial setting is the perfect base for those seeking authentic Peruvian culture, geography, nature and art. Hotel B is linked with the local Lucia de la Puente Gallery so private viewings and entry to special events can be arranged.