For the art lover and culture hound, what better way to immerse yourself in a city while traveling than by staying in a hotel that doubles as an art gallery + celebration of a city’s vibrant arts scene. Here are hotels designed with the art enthusiast in mind:
The Dolder Grand – Zurich, Switzerland (pictured)
The Swiss grand dame surprises with over 100 famous works of art critically acclaimed contemporaries
The Dolder Grand, a castle like hotel overlooking the vibrant city of Zurich, serves as the perfect gateway and home-away-from-home for visitors to Switzerland looking to explore and learn more about the burgeoning arts and culture scenes in Zurich and throughout the country .The hotel was founded in 1899 and since its opening, has become a destination for art lovers. Today, the hotel boasts an impressive collection of over 100 works of art, from over 90 artists and is a is a museum-like hotel that invites guests to skip the long museum lines and crowds and experience masterpieces in an ultra-luxury setting and while looking out to the Swiss alps and Zurich city center beyond. Art-lovers can take all the time in the world to experience The Dolder Grand’s own self-guided iPad art tour and swoon over striking works of art by Fernando Botero, Keith Haring, Murakami, Jani Leinonen, Philip Haas, Salvador Dali, and more. The Dolder Grand’s storied legacy, magical setting, unrivaled Swiss hospitality, Michelin-starred dining, and innovative wellness facilities, make for the perfect setting in enjoying some of the world’s finest art.
45 Park Lane – London, UK
Dorchester Collection’s Art Deco hotel houses an evolving collection of work by contemporary British artists.
45 Park Lane is a vibrant beacon of contemporary culture in a luxury hotel. An invigorating blend of art and landmark architecture in the middle of classical London, Dorchester Collection's Art Deco Mayfair hotel has a legacy of supporting emerging British artists and boasts an ever-evolving collection. Since the hotel's founding, the lobby space has played host to some of the world's most critically acclaimed art and evokes the feel of a 20th century salon, inviting guests to engage with modern masterpieces in an environment akin to a traditional private club. Through January 2023, guests can also experience a new exhibition featuring the talented photographer and filmmaker, David Bailey. The ‘Bailey: Vision and Sound’ exhibition will feature groundbreaking era of the 1960s through unseen portraits and candid shots of some of history’s greatest musicians from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles. Told through his unique photography style, this exhibition tells a captivating story of music culture across several generations while honoring Bailey's own musical heroes.
Hotel Bel Air – Los Angeles, California
Dorchester Collection’s 12-acre oasis in Los Angeles regularly hosts exhibitions to highlight the past, present, and exciting future of art and photography.
Hotel Bel-Air is a treasure trove of Old Hollywood glamour and has long been a favorite retreat for movie industry insiders and as such, has an impressive art collection that celebrates the people that make Hollywood. Currently on display are large-format photographs by film and photography legend Norman Seeff along the walls of The Bar & Lounge, which are covered with iconic black & white imagery. The larger-than-life installations add an eye-catching dimension and vibrant energy to the space. These stunning images are the result of several exclusive photo sessions from the 1980s, in which Seeff captured artists and innovators such Cher, Tina Turner and Steve Jobs in unique, unguarded moments. And through October 31st, guests can revel in “The Catastrophics,” a new sculpture exhibition by Seth Kinmont. Commissioned specifically for Hotel Bel-Air and inspired by the estate’s Eden-like atmosphere, the contemporary 12 small-scale, cast aluminum sculptures reflect some of Kinmont’s favorite rare works by contemporary and modern artists. He then projects these objects millions of years into the future, transformed by the changing climate yet still emanating presence and meaning, becoming new forms.
Conrad Washington, DC
The hotel has launched its second art installation as part of a quarterly exhibition series in partnership with Latela Curatorial, a women-owned and operated art advisory studio based in Washington, DC. In an effort to uplift local artists, this new program continues with its second installation, “Five Directions: Vessels” by Washington DC-based artist & muralist Julia Chon, better known by her artist name Kimchi Juice, which is now on view in the lobby at Conrad Washington, DC from September 30, 2022 - January 13, 2023. The exhibition features five kimchi pots inspired by the principles of Korean feng shui: pungsu-jiri, which is a practice that employs the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) in an effort to find harmony within the natural world. The installation of Vessels also coincides with an initiative led by Chef Ria Montes, Chef de Cuisine at Estuary, the Conrad’s signature restaurant. The program aims to elevate women in the DC culinary industry through a bi-monthly dinner series called “Miss-en-Place.” Similar to Kimchi Juice, Chef Ria draws inspiration from her Asian background and infuses it into her craft. The next Miss-en-Place dinner will take place on December 13 at 6-9pm.
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Principe di Savoia (Milan):