The views at New York City hotels often extend to what’s on display inside their rooms and in common spaces. NYC houses several art hotels featuring works by the likes of contemporary luminaries such as Chuck Close, Alex Katz and Lee Quinones.
Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Mica Weiss’ “Unbounded” is displayed prominently in the lobby of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. As the hotel’s website notes, the 6,000 pounds of obsidian rocks tied together with rust-coloured rope “prompts the viewer to consider both natural and manmade influences on the area”; similarly, this luxurious, eco-conscious hotel utilises greenery native to the region and industrial-steel and reclaimed-wood accents.
Hotel 50 Bowery NYC, Chinatown, Manhattan
This newcomer to Manhattan’s Chinatown offer rooms outfitted with bath amenities by design guru Jonathan Adler; dining experiences from the Three Kings Restaurant Group, which includes notable chef Dale Talde; and artwork throughout the hotel. As befits its location, 50 Bowery also has a partnership with the Museum of Chinese in America, which curates the pieces seen in the hotel’s second-floor gallery space.
Chambers Hotel, Midtown West, Manhattan
The Chambers emphasises urban sophistication in its ultramodern design. The midtown hotel has a collection of more than 500 original works of art in its guest rooms and common areas. Among the artists showcased are film director John Waters, Bob and Roberta Smith and Kiki Seror, whose piece incorporates text from online chat rooms rendered in backlit 3D neon graphics. The design touches offer visitors a unique experience, as do the hotel’s loft-style rooms, some with private balconies, and the in-house dining options.
Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island
Located on 415 acres of preserved woodland, the Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island provides guests with an artistic escape. Hoteliers Richard and Lois Nicotra have curated an extensive collection of artworks inside the hotel, as well as on its grounds, like “We Waste No Time at All,” by Israel-based artist Leon Bronstein. Among the other amenities are Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret, serving American and Italian cuisine, and Above Rooftop, a club and event space that offers views of the Manhattan skyline.
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York
Hotel Indigo abounds with area-appropriate artwork, including pieces by Lee Quinones, the famed NYC street artist who exhibits internationally. Quinones is responsible for the mural here – actually the ceiling of the hotel’s 14th-floor lobby – which includes references to Lower East Side art stars like Maripol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and local fixture Adam Purple, whose activism came to characterise the neighbourhood’s independent spirit.
Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Artworks by contemporary American master Alex Katz are on permanent display at this luxurious midtown hotel. The US$ 2 million collection includes 11 originals along with 229 reprints. The sophistication is in keeping with Langham Place’s other features: marble-clad bathrooms with rainfall showers; Chuan Body + Soul, a spa offering a wide range of treatments influenced by Chinese traditions; and Ai Fiori, chef Michael White’s Michelin-starred restaurant, which focuses on the cuisine of the French and Italian Riviera.
Nu Hotel, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
The loftlike rooms at Nu Hotel proved to be ideal canvases for inspired murals – and a number of area artists rose to the occasion. Stencil works from Icy and Sot have adorned galleries in Iran, Germany, China and Norway and across the United States. The street-style feel is in line with the hotel’s other hip details, including select rooms with bunk beds or hammocks and minibars stocked with locally produced refreshments. Ground-floor restaurant Misdemeanor serves snacks from similarly local establishments.
Smyth, a Thompson Hotel, Tribeca, Manhattan
Boutique downtown hotel Smyth has a warm ambience, courtesy of Soho-based design firm Gachot Studios. Smyth’s ground-floor Living Room space features, among other chic elements, “Untitled” by Raymond Pettibon – the renowned artist who was the subject of a massive retrospective at the New Museum on the Bowery. The hotel’s cosmopolitan cool extends to its 100 rooms and suites. Chef Andrew Carmellini’s Little Park serves seasonal fare, and the Evening Bar’s cocktail menu draws from artisanal distilleries.
The Surrey, Upper East Side, Manhattan
The upscale hotel’s art programme including a portrait of Kate Moss, located near the elevators, by noted NYC artist Chuck Close. Among The Surrey’s other pieces are works by the likes of Jenny Holzer, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Cecily Brown. In addition, guests can expect luxurious touches like Pratesi robes, bath products by Diptyque made specially for the hotel, and access to Bobbin bikes for excursions around the Upper East Side and to nearby Central Park.
The William Vale Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Williamsburg is synonymous with the city’s up-and-coming culture. The William Vale’s lobby features a sculptural installation: “Mannahatta” by Brooklyn-based artist Marela Zacarías. The colourful piece references both Brooklyn history and the borough’s current status as a hub of art and design. The energy of the work mirrors the hotel’s other offerings, including cuisine by celebrated chef Andrew Carmellini at Leuca and Westlight; rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, each with a balcony; and landscaped outdoor areas, like the pool deck and Vale Park, a 15,000-square-feet elevated promenade that affords fresh-air relaxation.