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These are 5 hotels with art collections you need to see

Hotels have come a long way with their architecture and interior design tastes. Alongside a rapidly growing appreciation of quality interior design, more hotels are also investing in art pieces that complement the ethos of their properties. Some of these hotels with art collections even go one step further by bringing in paintings and sculptures by local artists. What’s most important is that they are choosing to enrich their grounds with a deeper appreciation of the fine arts even more than before.

If you’re an art buff who ensures that visiting at least one museum or exhibition is always part of your itinerary, then these hotels with art collections will be your jam. As soon as you step into the lobby you will not only be greeted by excellent hospitality, but also stunning masterpieces that you won’t be able to take your eyes off. Take the Kimpton Hotel Born in Denver, Colorado that boasts a Joel Swanson installation at the entrance (see main photo). The art doesn’t just stop at the lobby or hallways — some even extend into the suites itself, much like how our Mandarin Oriental KL’s Presidential Suite is adorned with Malaysian artwork.

So while you may have paid several visits to the local art museum and dined in their equally beautifully designed restaurants, may we also suggest you check in to these hotels with art collections? We promise that you’ll leave feeling more artistically inclined than ever.

(Main photo: Kimpton Hotel Born)

Kimpton Hotel Born, United States

Not all hotels need to be loud or flamboyant in aesthetics, as proven by the Kimpton Hotel Born. The hotel has managed to keep its interior modern, clean, and woody. Yet, the amount of art it holds is enormous. Starting from the installation at the entrance by Joel Swanson, 32 artists also created original and limited edition works exclusively for the hotel, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Kimpton Hotel Born, 1600 Wewatta St, Denver, Colorado, United States, +1 303-323-0024

Gladstone Hotel, Canada

Over at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, all 37 rooms are designed by different artists. Each room is unique from the other, showcasing the individuality of each artist. Standout rooms include Room 304, Faux Naturelle, which the hotel describes as “a woodsy retreat where lesbian separatist commune meets Storybook Gardens” and Room 403, Surreal Gourmet, that features a playful and colourful retro take on snacks. There’s also a unique art-centric story behind the building, which was originally built in 1889. Many artists and performers have stayed in this hotel because of its proximity to Massey Hall, which is perhaps why the hotel is filled with so much culture.

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada, +1 416-531-4635

Palace Hotel Tokyo

There are hotels that adorn their walls with just a smattering of art pieces. Then, there is the Palace Hotel Tokyo that goes the full monty with more than 1,000 pieces of art that have been chosen or specially commissioned for the hotel. New and established Japanese artists like Soutaro Ide and Satoshi Uchiumi are amongst those that have their work displayed in the hotel. Watch out for a traditional ink wash painting that was previously hung in the original Palace Hotel.

Palace Hotel Tokyo, 1 Chome-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan, +81 3-3211-5211

The Dolder Grand, Switzerland

Nestled in the forest, this hotel looks as grand as its name. Even more opulent is the range of art that can be found within the hotel. Expect impressive names such as Salvador Dali, Henry Moore, Fernando Botero, and more residing within the Zurich hotel.

The Dolder Grand, Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland, +41 44 456 60 00

La Colombe d'Or, France

What started out as the owner’s personal interest in collecting art soon expanded into a whole collection adorning the hotel in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Recently, an installation of a black and grey ceramic mural has also been completed in the pool area by Irish artist Sean Scully.

La Colombe d’Or, 1 Place du Général de Gaulle, 06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, +33 4 93 32 80 02

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.