Art-centric hotels

Updated: Jun 9 2014, 16:40pm hrs
Art needs spaces, and spaces need art. Within the Design Hotels portfolio a handful of standouts are canvases upon which visionary hoteliers and art afficionados have employed this philosophy quite literally

Discover six properties sprinkled across the globe pushing boundaries, persuading guests to think more deeply about their experience within a hotels well-adorned walls.

Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hoteliers Bruce James and Harold 'Spook' Stream have worked together to create an atmosphere that celebrates contemporary art. Emerging and established stars of the Mexican art world define the spaces and give the hotel the mien of an art gallery. Permanent pieces by legends Diego Rivera, Bosco Sodi and Aldo Chaparro hold court in the the 32-room hotel, while a changing roster of local talent and the upcoming SMART art festival highlight Mexicos artistic diversity.

Park Hotel Tokyo, Japan

Spanning the top ten floors of a Tokyo skyscraper, the Park Hotel Tokyo and its 273 guestrooms redefine the relationship of the artist to their environment with the 'Artist in Hotel' series. Currently in its fourth evolution, the residency programme gives a unique opportunity for an artist to soak up the hotels atmosphere, translating their inspirations onto the walls. Dragon was the creation of Japanese artist, Kiyoko Abe, after she stayed for ten days in January, and was inspired by the greatness of the views and the powerful energy of nature.

Chteau de la Resle, Montigny la Resle, Burgundy, France

Crowning a hill in the renowned winemaking region of Burgundy, Chteau de la Resle has the charm and personality of a well-loved private home and gallery. Owners Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens personal collection of contemporary art permeates both the public spaces and the six intimate guestrooms. Composed of works by Arik Levy, Christiane Richter, Dominic Harris, Hendrik Kerstens, Lucebert, Zao Wou Ki and many others, the cultivated chteau offers guests an artistically immersive experience as they dwell among the pieces.

Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia

The 236-room Hotel Lone takes much of its artistic approach from fusing old tradition with modern mediums. Croatian conceptual artist Silvio Vujicic explores the regions Istrian heritage by taking ancient fresco details appropriated by painters, graphic artists and weavers of the 15th century, and returning them to their original medium: graphics and textiles. White canvases stretch across the room walls with Vujicics modern musings, while the hotel lobby is animated by Ivana Frankes impressive aluminium installation Room for Running Ghosts.

The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland

Perched on a hill above Lake Zurich, The Dolder Grands remarkable art collection is an extension of the hotels ethos of old meets new. Taking centrestage above the reception is Andy Warhols Big Retrospective Painting, while the private dining room pays homage to Danish-French impressionist Camille Pissarro and his tetraptych, Les Quatres Saisons. With iPads on loan, take a guided tour through the hotels 100 paintings and sculptures, soaking up greats like Salvador Dali, Henry Moore and Takashi Murakami.

Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia

In the ancient coastal city of Thessaloniki, The Met Hotel and its 212 rooms blur the lines between art gallery and luxury hotel. High drama is invoked as avant-garde black walls are lined with bold shots from fine-art photographers, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth. In the generous public spaces between the lobby and the spa, you'll find sculptures and video works by some of the world's most revered contemporary artists from Bill Viola to Tony Oursler.

By Food and Hospitality World