The World's Best Art Hotels

The Surrey, New York
The Merrion, Dublin
The James Hotel, Chicago
The Salthouse Harbour, Ipswich
The Royal Mansour, Marrakech
QT, Sydney
New Hotel, Athens
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
Kristiania Lech, Austria
Iniala Beach House, Thailand
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill
Eden Rock - St  Barths
Brown's Hotel, London
Andaz, Liverpool Street London
The Surrey, New York The Merrion, Dublin The James Hotel, Chicago The Salthouse Harbour, Ipswich The Royal Mansour, Marrakech QT, Sydney New Hotel, Athens Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris Kristiania Lech, Austria Iniala Beach House, Thailand Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill Eden Rock - St  Barths Brown's Hotel, London Andaz, Liverpool Street London
By Carolina Kaufmann April 11, 2014
The Surrey, New York

For the second year in a row, the contemporary art fair Frieze New York will be partnering up with the exclusive Upper East Side hotel, The Surrey. Exclusive rates will be offered for guests staying between 9th-12th May with an additional 15% discount off the best available rates. Furthermore, the hotel itself has a US $30m contemporary collection with 31 original and modern art works dispersed throughout.
The Merrion, Dublin

Positioned across the road from the National Gallery of Ireland, many guests recognize much of the spectacular collection of 19th and 20th Century art hung throughout because the paintings displayed in the gallery are by many of the same artists whose work graces The Merrion’s walls. The main decorative feature, though, remains the elegant neo-classical stairwell in the hotel’s Front Hall by one of Ireland’s finest young painter, Martin Mooney.
The James Hotel, Chicago

The new “See Art Chicago” walking tour has been created in collaboration with the hotel’s local partner Monique Meloche Gallery to allow guests to enjoy the rich history of the city alongside the flourishing local contemporary art scene developing today. The bespoke walking tour will visit cultural institutions such as the Art Institution, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Wicker Park.
The Salthouse Harbour, Ipswich

Formerly a warehouse, the Salthouse Harbour Hotel is a curiously modern, statement hotel on the Ipswich docks. With its original features of arched windows, iron columns and high beamed ceilings, the 70 bedroom hotel is balanced by contemporary and eclectic works of art, vintage furniture and intriguing sculptures. Run and owed by the Gough family – the hotel sees also Vivienne Westwood rugs, Bansky drawings and Damien Hirst prints with all a story to tell.
The Royal Mansour, Marrakech

The Royal Mansour offer their guests to be inspired by a unique and exclusive art exhibition hosted by the hotel itself, where work from world-renowned artists Yahya and Qotbi are showcased throughout its walls. In line with keeping its philosophy to promoting the national arts and Moroccan craftsmanship itself, the Royal Mansour Marrakech is proud to host such cherished works and share it with its guests.
QT, Sydney

Situated in the heart of Sydney’s most vibrant district, the old world charm of the hotel is retained with distinctive art, new technology and pioneering artists. Its vast collection of eclectic and quirky artefacts from around the world are exhibited in a whimsical fashion and cutting edge graphics make it the beginning of a guest’s dramatic theatrical stay at the hotel. Guests will leave the hotel seeing art differently through an inspiration of new perspectives from old attitudes.
New Hotel, Athens

The hotel’s owner, Dakis Ioannou, is a renowned collector of contemporary art in Europe and therefore it was important for him for his hotel to house original pieces of art for guests to admire in every corner. Furthermore, designed by the Campana Brothers, the hotel encompasses the heritage of its past by using recycled parts of the old building, leaving nothing to waste and making “rubbish” turn into a piece of contemporary artwork.
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

The hotel opened its doors for the first time back in 1928, yet the vibrancy and spirit of the French art de vivre still very much present. With brilliant and witty contemporary interiors, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris displays a combination of first-rate art collections, creating a very distinct ambience. What is more, each of the 142 rooms and suites are decorated with at least two works of art and the hotel itself has its own gallery – Art District full of both French and International pieces.
Kristiania Lech, Austria

Within the walls of the 29-room boutique hotel lies a treasure trove of famous contemporary art pieces collated by the hotel’s owner – the Schneider family. Furthermore, with more than 200 contemporary paintings, originals prints, sculptures and tapestries from both emerging and established artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Sam Francis, this ski hotel with a difference belongs in a league of its own.
Iniala Beach House, Thailand

Opened in December 2013, Iniala Beach House brings together some of the best creative minds in the world. Home to many international artworks available for sale from artists such as Andy Warhol, it also showcases local works from Jakkai Siributr, one of Thailand’s few contemporary artists and Diana Harjanti, a recent graduate of the Indonesia Institute of Art in Yogyakarta who created the private residence’s large whale sculpture found in the incredible Penthouse.
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill

March 2014 sees the Hyatt Regency London open its doors to a new and vibrant exhibition “Spring Fever” in partnership with Saatchi Gallery, Saatchi Art and Republic of Fritz Hansen. Unveiling emerging artists from Saatchi Art, the hotel’s ongoing support encourages the guests and visitors to interact with art in different ways, outside of the usual environment of a gallery or museum.
Eden Rock - St Barths

Eden Rock has the pleasure of providing a creative oasis for its guests, local and other artists – The Eden Rock Gallery. Perfectly positioned with the ocean outside the gallery door and colourful view of the beach, the gallery provides also Artists in Residence programmes throughout the year. Notable past exhibitions include collaborations with Flowers Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery showing artists such as Will Cotton and Richard Prince among others.
Brown's Hotel, London

Composed of 11 Georgian Townhouses, its rich and intriguing history make it only natural for the hotel’s Hix Mayfair Restaurant to be a walking ground of beautiful art pieces. Famous artist’s work include “Oil stick on Paper” by Michael Landy, “Oil and Gold Leaf on canvas, bonsai” by Tobi Zeigler and “I Love You more than I can Love 2009” by Tracey Emin just to name a few.
Andaz, Liverpool Street, London

Harvey & John’s “Dive into a Glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne” installation opened back in February 2014 at the five star London boutique hotel in Liverpool Street London and will be open to the guests at the hotel and the public until early May 2014. The idea behind the cutting-edge designer duo is for guests to experience the sensation of diving into a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
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