Europe is a mecca of artistic talent, galleries and architecture, so if you fancy staying somewhere a little more creative than your regular luxe-laden hotel, why not immerse yourself in all things art, at these design-led and art-infused hotels...
Barcelona may be steeped in artistic history, but its uber modern Hotel Arts is off the scale contemporary, when it comes to art and design. As well as Frank Gehry’s iconic golden fish masterpiece, the hotel is also home to an exclusive collection of Spanish contemporary art.
For a dose of seriously curated London-cool, The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington comes up trumps. This immaculately restored 18th century townhouse screams art from the minute you step foot inside. As well as the bold, individually designed suites (uniquely tweaked to your liking in terms of scent, atmosphere and style), the hotel is made up of eight gallery spaces and a medley of contemporary art. Also in South Kensington, Blakes Hotel is a design lovers dream. This refurbished Victorian townhouse, designed by Anouska Hempel, is the epitome of opulent and sumptuous design, bursting with exotic artistic flair and beautifully fusing east with west. If however, you have a penchant for a particular artist or movement, check into one of the bespoke rooms or suites at the Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch. The rooms and the hotel itself are dripping in original masterpieces, and each room an ode to a design legend or style including Bauhaus, Charles & Ray Eames and Josef Hoffmann.
Le Royal Monceau
Art per square foot doesn’t come more lavish than at Le Royal Monceau Raffles in Paris. This Philippe Starck designed contemporary palace hotel features an exhibition space, art bookshop, dedicated art concierge and fine-art photography bedecked rooms inspired by artist’s studios.
Hotel Art, Rome
Just minutes from Rome’s Spanish Steps, Hotel Art, a once chapel, perfectly combines days-gone-by architectural masterpieces including the original vaulted fresco ceilings, stained glass windows and a marble altar, with bold and contemporary works of art. A little further a field, Rome Cavalieri Hotel perched on a hilltop in Montemario overlooking the city, is home to what really is, one of the world’s finest private art collections including everything from 16th century relics, to French antiques, their famous Beauvais tapestries and modern day sculptures and Warhols. Take a tour with the hotel’s in-house historian.
Le Méridien Vienna
Forget an afternoon perusing a regular gallery, simply check in to Le Méridien Vienna and soak up the permanent displays of traditional and contemporary art. As well as art in abundance throughout the hotel’s rooms and public spaces, there is a gallery wall in the bar, a 24-hour ARTIST SPACE showcasing fresh new talent and a Video Lounge for students and graduates of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.
Unlock a treasure trove of French art at Nice’s Le Negresco hotel, which is not only an artistic masterpiece in itself (you might recognise its iconic Gustave Eiffel designed pink dome) but home to a world class, museum-worthy art collection. Marvel at works by greats including Moretti, Dali and sculptress Niki de Saint-Phalle.