The Art of Hotels

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With so many design-conscious and luxurious hotels around the world, we have rounded up the best hotels to satisfy the tastes of any art connoisseur. Featuring pieces from world-renowned artists and private collections, these unique hotels offer more than just a place to stay… they offer somewhere for guests to relax, reflect and admire.

The Laslett, London

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The Laslett takes inspiration from the location where it’s situated, Notting Hill. The style – elegant and eclectic – represents the cultural heritage of the area and its creative character. The 51 luxury rooms offer a home-away-from-home atmosphere and a stylish vibe.

The hotel features an exclusive ‘British Library’ with original and unique pieces and showcases original artwork thanks to the collaboration with designers and artists.

Casa Malca, Tulum

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Closer to a private home than a hotel, Casa Malca offers an effortlessly stylish and exclusive beachside retreat in Tulum, Mexico. Surrounded by white sand beaches and only moments from the crystalline waters of the Riviera Maya, it offers an intimate and peaceful beachside escape, away from the crowds of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

With a huge name in the art world driving the property’s design, it is no surprise that Casa Malca perfectly blends beachside chic with contemporary aesthetics and unique pieces of artwork. Bringing pieces from his personal collection, Lio Malca has curated both an art gallery and a hotel in this spectacular location.

Le Royal Monceau, Paris

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Located only minutes’ walk from the Arc de Triomphe and the Musée du Louvre, the hotel is a buzzy, cosmopolitan destination with interiors revisited by Philippe Starck. The 149 rooms are minimal and eclectic, mixing retro and contemporary elements.

In each of the bedrooms, works from the collection of Le Royal Monceau-Raffles are exhibited, as well as in the garden and public areas. The artworks are from artists such as: Simon Chaput, Marie Millard, and Thierry Dreyfus.

El Fenn, Marrakech

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This picture-perfect hotel is nestled into Marrakech’s vibrant and bustling centre, only a short walk from Djemaa el Fna square. Lovingly redesigned by owners Vanessa Branson and Howell James, this charming gem blends distinctive traditional style with contemporary luxury. Relax in the pretty poolside courtyard, experience luxurious spa treatments or dine on traditional Moroccan dishes on the roof terrace.

El Fenn is also filled with surprising treasures from the art world, lovingly collected over a 30-year period by owner Vanessa Branson. Featuring works by prominent names such as William Kentridge, Fred Pollock, Sir Antony Gormley and David Shrigley, the hotel’s public spaces are adorned with light installations, photographs, portraits and more. Characterised by Vanessa Branson’s exceptional taste, this unique hotel will satisfy the needs of art aficionados and discerning travellers alike.

Four Seasons Hotel, Florence

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Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is located in a 16th century convent near Giardino della Gherardesca, one the oldest, largest and most elegant gardens in the city. The hotel is a Tuscan residence of unparalleled luxury. Il Palagio, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is located on the ground floor and serves outstanding Italian cuisine.

This stunning hotel is a living museum, adorned with magnificent original artworks that spread across the common spaces and bedrooms. The impeccable garden is also filled with amazing sculptures offering a great setting for picnics and romantic walks.

The Surrey, New York

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New York’s luxury Upper East Side getaway, The Surrey, is the City’s only Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel, ensuring its guests the utmost discretion and integrity in exceptional service. Having undergone an interior metamorphosis by acclaimed interior designer Lauren Rottet, The Surrey resembles a New York townhouse passed down through generations, reflecting pure luxurious, calm comfort.

In addition, the Surrey also boasts its own private modern art gallery, including photographs by American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer and a tapestry of Chuck Rose’s famous Kate Moss portrait. A total of 11 artists have their pieces featured in this gallery, some artists having been specially commissioned by Rottet Studio to design pieces for the Surrey.

 

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