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Design Hotels presents six art-centered hotels

Discover six properties sprinkled across the globe pushing boundaries, persuading guests to think more deeply about their experience within a hotel’s well-adorned walls.

BERLIN – Art needs spaces, and spaces need art. Within the Design Hotels portfolio a handful of standouts are canvases upon which visionary hoteliers and art aficionados 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 hotel’s 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 Mexico’s 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 program gives a unique opportunity for an artist to soak up the hotel’s 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.

Chateau de la Resle, Montigny la Resle, Burgundy, France
Crowning a hill in the renowned winemaking region of Burgundy, Chateau de la Resle has the charm and personality of a well-loved private home – and gallery. Owners Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens’ 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 chateau 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 region’s Istrian heritage by taking ancient frescoe 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 Vujicic’s modern musings, while the hotel lobby is animated by Ivana Franke’s impressive aluminium installation Room for Running Ghosts.

The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
Perched on a hill above Lake Zurich, The Dolder Grand’s remarkable art collection is an extension of the hotel’s ethos of old meets new. Taking center stage above the reception is Andy Warhol’s Big Retrospective Painting, while the private dining room pays homage to Danish-French impressionist Camille Pissarro and his tetraptych, Les Quatres Saisons. With iPads on loan, take a guided tour through the hotel’s 100 paintings and sculptures, soaking up greats like Salvador Dali, Henry Moore and Takashi Murakami.

The Met Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece
In the ancient coastal city of Thessaloniki, The Met Hotel and its 212 rooms blur the lines between art gallery and luxury hotel. High drama is invoked as avant-garde black walls are lined with bold shots from fine-art photographers, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth. In the generous public spaces between the lobby and the spa, you’ll find sculptures and video works by some of the world’s most revered contemporary artists – from Bill Viola to Tony Oursler.

Photo caption: Chateau de la Resle, Montigny la Resle, Burgundy, France.

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