The Arty Hotels To Stay at Around the World

Pool and terrace bar
Pool and terrace bar | Courtesy of Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel
Photo of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor15 August 2018

Whether you’re after some calm minimalism or over-the-top opulence, Culture Trip has found the most divine arty hotels to inspire your next vacation.

Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel

A dipping pool and shaded dining tables at Paradiso Ibiza
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Taking its inspiration from Miami Modern architecture (known as MiMo), the Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel is the latest resort addition to Ibiza’s San Antonio Bay. With its pastel pink hue, mixture of futuristic and Art Deco design, and contemporary art throughout, this adult-only boutique hotel needs to be on your Ibiza bucket list. Exclusive Arty Parties, which mix art, fashion and music, will be held during the season as well as monthly micro-residencies with international artists in the glass-walled Zero Suite, so guests can see the creative process in action.

The Art Room | Courtesy of Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel

At Six

At Six’s lobby with Jaume Plensa sculpture | © At Six

Exuding tranquil Scandinavian calm, your experience of At Six will be punctuated with selected artworks by leading contemporary artists, including Olafur Eliasson, Julian Opie and Richard Long. Specially commissioned for the hotel, Jaume Plensa’s optical sculpture Mar Whispering (2017) greets you in the lobby and a giant Tacita Dean photogravure of an icy landscape hangs above reception. A series of rare prints by the American Minimalist Sol LeWitt compliment the Modernist furniture in the lounge areas. And in the bedrooms, Swedish artist Kristina Matousch has created a series of subtle mirror-based works.

Sol LeWitt’s ‘Horizontal Color Bands and Vertical Color Bands’ (1991) in the Listening Lounge | © Andrew Meredith

Park Hotel Tokyo

You can literally sleep in a piece of art at Park Hotel Tokyo as over 30 suites have been decorated by Japanese artists. Each following a different theme and featuring art including Cherry Blossoms by Hiroko Otake, Lucky Cat by Soseki Natsume, Kabuki by Yamaguchi Keisuke and Haiku by Rieko Fujinami, the artists’ residences capture the beauty of Japan for guests to experience in a unique setting. “I wanted to paint a festival that never ends,” says Tama Art University graduate Nanami Ishihara of her wonderfully vibrant queen suite that is populated with dancing rabbits, elephants, tigers and revellers in traditional costume.

Artist Room Festival by Nanami Ishihara | © Park Hotel Tokyo

The Walled Off Hotel

A view of the entrance of British street artist Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem | © ABED AL HASHLAMOU /EPA/RE /Shutterstock
The Walled Off Hotel might say that it has “the worst view of any hotel in the world”, but that shouldn’t put anyone off as this is the genius creation of famed graffiti artist Banksy. As you might imagine, works by the elusive British artist feature throughout this unusual Bethlehem hotel, which is both a parody of London’s Waldorf Hotel as well as a clever comment on tourism due to its close proximity to the Israeli West Bank barrier. The Piano Bar is filled with surveillance cameras mounted like hunting trophies, and one of the bedrooms has a Banksy painting of an Israeli border policeman and a Palestinian having a pillow fight.
A wall painting by Banksy showing an Israeli border policeman and a Palestinian in a pillow fight | © Heidi Levine/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Miami
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Located in the Faena District, the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, formerly the Saxony Hotel, is at the centre of this cultural neighbourhood that stretches between the Atlantic beachfront and Indian Creek. The five-star luxury hotel, with its 169 guest rooms, comes from the stable of Argentine hotelier Alan Faena, and is the perfect combination of decadent design and stylish sophistication. Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin, a husband-and-wife partnership, envisioned the opulent grandeur that recalls the hotel’s hedonistic days when it was a hang-out for Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. And to compliment that, art is prevalent throughout, with particular highlights including multiple murals by Argentinian artist Juan Gatti and Damien Hirst sculptures – the latter’s ginormous 24-carat gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth graces the hotel’s gardens. This is where the extraordinary happens; where fantasy becomes reality. You enjoy the delectable food by award-winning chefs at Los Fuegos or Pao, relax in the sublime sanctuary of Tierra Santa Healing House – which has the largest hammams on the East Coast – take a dip in the palm-lined pool, experience golden-age glamour in the Saxony Bar and end the evening with a cabaret performance in the hotel’s very own theatre.

Damien Hirst’s ‘Gone but not Forgotten’ (2014) in the hotel’s gardens | Courtesy of Faena Hotel Miami Beach

The Beaumont Hotel

The Beaumont
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Antony Gormley’s ROOM at The Beaumont gives this five-star Art Deco-styled boutique hotel a contemporary twist. The inhabitable sculpture was commissioned as a piece of public art but also houses a one-bedroom suite. Inside the crouching cuboid figure is an oak-clad bedroom and pure white marble bathroom. “My ambition for ROOM is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience,” said Gormley of this quirky extension for the first hotel from Jeremy King and Chris Corbin of The Wolseley fame.

Antony Gormley’s inhabitable sculpture from the exterior of The Beaumont | © The Beaumont Hotel / Nick Ingram

Hôtel du Petit Moulin

A modern bedroom decorated in dark tones at Hôtel du Petit Moulin
Courtesy of Hôtel du Petit Moulin / Expedia

Looking for the perfect romantic pied-à-terre next time you’re in Paris? Well, look no further than this sumptuous boutique hotel in the Haut Marais. Formerly a bakery, this 17-room hotel has been transformed into a little haven of splendour by fashion designer Christian Lacroix. “It brings to mind a doll’s house or those cross sections of buildings you might see in 20th-century encyclopaedias, with very different atmospheres from one floor to the next,” Lacroix has said of this 17th-century building. Each room has been lavishly designed with exuberant fabrics, exceptional wallpaper, vintage furnishings and trompe l’oeil paintings to create distinctively different spaces.

Superior room that mixes Rocco opulence with modern design | © Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Casa Malca

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Casa Malca
Casa Malca | © Дмитрий Кругляк / Flickr
You’ll never want to leave this luxury hotel resort on the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Once Pablo Escobar’s hideaway, the mansion has been renovated by New York art collector Lio Malca to create a truly idyllic getaway. Throughout the 42 beach suites and hotel, you’ll encounter many valuable artworks from Malca’s collection, including a sculpture by KAWS, an immersive print by Keith Haring in the bar and multiple kaleidoscopic Holton Rower pieces.
An art-filled master suite | © Casa Malca

21c Museum Hotel Kansas City

The Savoy dining room at 21c Kansas City
Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels / | © Mike Schwartz

21c Museum Hotels has transformed the historic Savoy Hotel and Grill in Kansas City for their eighth North American location. Specifically dedicated to collecting and exhibiting 21st-century art, the new edition opened with a showcase of site-specific commissions responding to the location’s architecture and history, as well as exhibition Refuge. The show, which is running for a year, looks at contemporary migration through the work of 54 artists, including JR, Hew Locke and Mohau Modisakeng. Designed by New York architects Deborah Berke Partners with Kansas City architects Hufft Projects, the hotel provides the Library District with a new multi-purpose arts venue that supports local talent as well as international names.

Installation view of Luftwerk’s ‘Linear Sky’ (2018) in the main entry ramp hallway at 21c Kansas City | Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels / © Mike Schwartz

The Thief

Richard Prince at The Thief
© Mattias Hamrén and Jason Strong
Quite literally wanting to rob you of the mundanity of daily life, The Thief draws on the heritage of its location – an island notorious its criminals inhabitants in the 18th century – to offer guests a retreat where contemporary art, cutting-edge design and delectable gastronomy coexist. The permanent collection boasts an impressive line-up of artists, including Sir Peter Blake, Richard Prince and Sir Tony Cragg along with emerging talent. Keep an eye out for Queen Sonja of Norway’s photographs in the library. And should you need more of an art fix, pop next door to the Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, where guests get free access because the hotel’s owner Petter A Stordalen is a patron.
Sir Peter Blake work in the Oslo Suite | © Mattias Hamrén and Jason Strong

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