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 hotelís 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 Mexicoís 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 hotelís 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.
Ch‚teau de la Resle, Montigny la Resle, Burgundy, France
Crowning a hill in the renowned winemaking region of Burgundy, Ch‚teau de la Resle has the charm and personality of a well-loved private home Ė and gallery. Owners Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssensí 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 ch‚teau 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 regionís 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 Vujicicís modern musings, while the hotel lobby is animated by Ivana Frankeís impressive aluminium installation Room for Running Ghosts.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich,