From Artist Residence programmes and gallery partnerships, to large-scale installations and permanent exhibitions, there are some incredible museum-like hotels that blur the lines between art, life, and hospitality.
For a true feast for the senses – certified to make you stop and stare – drink, dine, and sleep alongside Warhols, Picassos and Kusamas, if only for a few days.
The Dolder Grand, Zürich
Over 100 works of art by Andy Warhol, Dali and Botero await you at Zurich’s Grand Dame, The Dolder Grand. But these are not regular works of art. You can find the Botero sculpture, ‘Woman With Fruit’ next to the outdoor jacuzzi; a huge Joan Miró statue, ‘Grand Personnage: Projet Pour Un Monument’ just outside the bar, and an enormous work by Andy Warhol: ‘Big Retrospective Painting’, just above the reception. The Dolder Grand grounds are studded with sculptures, from a Henry Moore three-piece Reclining Figure outside one of the new wings, to Takashi Murakami’s whimsical ‘Troll’s Umbrella’ placed on a landing. It’s also one of the world’s most historic hotels; none other than Sir Norman Foster redesigned it to make it an architectural marvel overlooking the Swiss Alps. With endless works at every turn, The Dolder Grand is an Art Mecca.
The Silo, A Royal Portfolio Hotel, Cape Town
The Silo is one of the most luxurious (and most unique) modern hotels in Cape Town. Housed in an old grain silo, the hotel is home to one of the city’s most eccentric and joyful art collections. The Silo serves as a showcase for South Africa’s most well-known artists including John Meyer, Beezy Bailey, Shany Van Den Berg, Sasha Hartslief, Denby Meyer, and Ricky Dyaloyi. Designed by the inimitable Liz Biden, there’s something to feast your eyes on in every corner at The Silo. It’s also situated six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) which is home to Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.
Housed in a restored 1930s building in Frogner, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Oslo’s West End, Sommerro, a Preferred Hotel, celebrates Norwegian art and design. The hotel boasts an extensive art collection that includes an impressive mix of period pieces and original artwork by celebrated Norwegian artist Per Krohg, and specially commissioned works curated by distinguished museum director, designer, and art critic, Sune Nordgren. One of the standout pieces at the hotel is a giant wall fresco in ‘Ekspedisjonshallen’, the hotel’s all-day dining room. Another stunning mosaic wall can be found in ‘Vestkantbadet’, which is the building’s original public baths. In addition to this sleek new Art Deco accommodation offering, Oslo is also experiencing a surge in new museums, art galleries, restaurants, theatres, and shops, including – but not limited to – the new National Museum and Munch Museum, further solidifying Oslo as one of the hottest destinations to visit for art lovers.
Set in the heart of Rome’s historical centre, stylish boutique suite-apartment hotel Rhinoceros Roma was established by Alda Fendi in 2018 and designed by world renowned French architect, Jean Nouvel. The hotel has an artsy, industrial, wholly-chic vibe, thanks to a Fendi-museum on the ground floor as well as the clever juxtaposition of materials: exposed concrete and remnants of graffiti meet contemporary glass. At the heart of the Velabro neighbourhood, you’re surrounded by Roman relics, brushing shoulders with Palatine Hill, the Circus Maximus, and the once-buried ruins of the Forum. Old-meets-new in this industrial boutique property, which runs a rotation of exhibitions throughout the year with ongoing installations, exhibitions, and creative collaborations. Currently, Rhinoceros Roma is home to an amazing Picasso exhibition titled ‘Pablo Picasso Le Peintre et son Modele en Plein Air, 1963’, which features artworks and images of the great cubist painter, as well as some never before seen works of art.
The Montenotte Hotel, Cork
Built in an 18th Century merchant’s residence in Cork, The Montenotte Hotel blends Irish charm with plenty of grandeur. The Montenotte Hotel embraces the arts with an ongoing Artist in Residence programme, run in association with The Gallery Kinsale. Now in its fifth year, the Artist in Residence programme aims to support Irish artists by offering a six-month tenure to showcase in the hotel. The current residence is by internationally-acclaimed abstract painter Nathan Neven. His ‘Wild Life Invited’ collection on show was inspired by empty cities during COVID lockdowns. Breaking down the barriers between wild and urban life, Neven’s animal protagonists elicit an appreciation of the natural world and the local areas surrounding the hotel.
Le Collatéral, Arles, France
A former 18th century church has been transformed into a unique hotel filled with art and design pieces by curator and architect Philippe Schiepan, and has become a hybrid space for artists and creative spirits. Le Collatéral frequently hosts exhibitions, creative workshops, and artist residencies. Artworks and sculptural lighting pieces fill the building, including specially-commissioned installations by American artist Reeve Schumacher, and Erick Helaine – an assistant of James Turrell. The aim of this four bedroom hotel is to be a continuous performance. The city’s abundance of sunlight informed the bright colour palette of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, including the yellow and marine blue of ‘Bedroom in Arles’. Those same vibrant hues can be found in Le Collatéral. Initially an insider tip among art lovers, this chambre d’hôtes is regularly acclaimed as one of the best art hotels in the world.
The Gantry London, Stratford
Cool new Stratford hotel, The Gantry London, is all about showcasing East London’s vibrant art scene. Much of the artwork displayed throughout the hotel is curated by Jealous Gallery, with pieces featuring the likes of Sophie Smallhorn, Adam Bridgeland, Joakim Allgulander, and a large hand painted mural by Ben Eine that takes centre stage in the hotel’s lobby.
The Fife Arms, Braemar, Scotland
This handsome manor-house hotel in Braemar may look like your quintessential cosy Scottish retreat, but inside it is home to one of the most impressive art collections in the country. With more than 14,000 artworks, including antiques and special commissions, art is truly central to The Fife Arms experience. Some of the standout commissions include large-scale works from Zhang Enli, Guillermo Kuitca, Subodh Gupta, Richard Jackson, and Bharti Kher. The reception features a special Steinway piano that was reimagined by contemporary artist Mark Bradford. The hotel also has an Artist in Residence programme with the current residency belonging to Scottish poet, Alec Finlay. His work, Gathering, is a poetic guide to the local area and natural landscapes that surround The Fife Arms.
Belmond Hotels, Italy
This year, luxury hotel group Belmond, launched the Mitico art path in partnership with Galleria Continua. This celebrates the talents of four prominent artists as they take the spotlight in some of Belmond’s captivating landmark gardens across Italy. This inaugural partnership engages all the senses – from cooking at the Cipriani in Venice to delighting in the Florentine views at Villa San Michele, admiring the natural earthly beauties at Castello di Casole, or engaging in captivating vistas at Grand Hotel Timeo – Belmond seeks to create environments where visitors can enjoy art, culture, and nature; dismantling barriers and opening their doors to all art-lovers. Subodh Gupta’s art installation ‘Cooking The World’ is being hosted at the Cipriani in Venice. Over in Florence, Villa San Michele became home to Leandro Erlich’s two works – ‘Window & Ladder’ and ‘The Cloud’. Meanwhile, in the Tuscan countryside, four Etruscan sculptures by the legendary Michelangelo Pistoletto are currently occupying the grounds of Castello di Casole. In Sicily, the Grand Hotel Timeo is decorated by Pascale Tayou’s colourful works.
The vibrant nhow London hotel has partnered with avant-garde interior design group, Project Orange, to create a truly evocative art-filled space. Vivid storytelling captures the hotel’s ‘London Reloaded’ concept which is interpreted though a radical series of theatrical scenes. The public areas are fluid spaces connected through familiar London icons, that have been transformed into funky and playful art installations. There is plenty to feast your eyes on here.
La Colombe d'Or, Provence
In the early 1920’s, Colombe d’Or was an open-air café-bar; a place for locals to gather and dance at weekends. Noticing its popularity Paul, the owner, extended and re-branded, re-opening the space as a three-bedroom inn. It didn’t take long for it to become a favourite with artists, who flocked for the welcoming atmosphere, but also because of Paul’s love, interest, and support of the arts. In an interesting turn, many of the visiting artists were offered a room for the night in return for some of their artwork, the inn walls soon evolving into a gallery of their own. A few years later, post-war, the south of France became a popular place for free-thinkers and artists. Word of Colombe d’Or spread, leading celebrated artists such as Miró, Braque, Chagall, and Matisse to its doors. Today, a mural by Legér surveys the terrace, a Miró bathes poolside, and a César Baldaccini sculpture greets diners. You can also eat fresh fish under a Picasso.
The Hari, London
In the residential streets of Belgravia sits The Hari, where exposed lobby brick walls and The Hari Bar host an impressive collection of contemporary works on a curated rolling programme. Since launching in 2016, A Space for Art, The Hari’s rolling art programme, celebrated the global roster of artistic talent attracted to London, providing two winners an exhibition space in the hotel’s public areas. The competition is judged by curators, art historians, and artists from the likes of the White Cube Gallery and Artists Support Pledge.
Sugar Beach Hotel, Santa Lucia
The beautiful Sugar Beach hotel in St Lucia has recently revealed a brand new look to appeal to art lovers the world over. The hotel now boasts an expansive museum-worthy art collection which celebrates pop-art and the resort’s lush natural surroundings. Original art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Banksy, Tom Sachs, KAWS, and Jeff Koons are dotted around the hotel, offering plenty of eye candy for art-loving guests. Sugar Beach is intent on presenting an evolution of art, with the aim of extending the collection on a regular basis. Keep a lookout for new artists brought into this collective narrative, which promises to bring the resort’s picturesque surroundings to life in a creative way.
Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios
Jamaica Inn has partnered with seascape artist Nina Brooke to capture the natural beauty of some of Jamaica’s coastal views. During a two-week summer residency, Nina photographed and painted the hotel’s 700-foot private beach and the turtle hatchlings who made their way to sea. Nina’s collection is available to buy on her website and at her gallery Joy Editions in Bude, Cornwall, with a percentage of proceeds going towards the White River Fish Sanctuary, a marine conservation programme founded by Jamaica Inn and headed up by Belinda Morrow.
The Lakes by Yoo, Lechlade Upon Thames, Cotswolds
The Lakes by Yoo, an estate of luxury homes, short-term rental cabins, and apartments set on the Lechlade Upon Thames, is establishing a cultural art park on its 850-acre estate. Set within secluded natural woodland, guests will be able to engage with the artworks in a serene and private setting that will highlight each artist’s skill and creativity. Yoshitomo Nara and KAWS are the first two renowned artists to feature at The Lakes Art Park with their ‘Your Dog’ and ‘GONE’ now available for guests to enjoy.