In a leading art capital like New York City, even a hotel stay can be a source of inspiration. When you book here, your exposure to the local art scene begins before you even step foot out of the hotel. Stay in style and make the city your canvas with the best art hotels in New York City as your home base.
Locals love this Williamsburg hotel for its panoramic rooftop view, a masterpiece in itself, but only guests get to experience the beauty hidden inside The William Vale. Beyond the contemporary art found in all of The William Vale’s rooms, the hotel regularly hosts cross-disciplinary artistic events such as flower arranging workshops and sneak preview screenings.
The Surrey’s Art Expert in Residence is to thank for the world-class decor at this Upper East Side stay. Jenny Holzer and Chuck Close are among the 11 artists whose work is represented at the hotel, which features everything from an interactive video installation to artist-designed residential furnishings to photographs.
Boutique Hotel, Hotel
The street art created by local artists looks right at home in Nu Hotel’s loft-like rooms. With murals by New York-based, globally-shown artists, bohemian in-room hammocks, and an on-site restaurant offering fare from local makers, “downtown Brooklyn’s original boutique hotel” may inspire you to create something yourself.
Peek behind the curtain at the Meatpacking District’s most exclusive private member’s club when you check in to SoHo House. In the hotel’s 44 unique rooms, you’ll feel like an insider yourself as you rub elbows with KAWS, Jenny Holzer, and other in-demand contemporary artists – or rather, with their work.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Eco Hotel, Hotel
Since 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opened in 2017, it has consistently delivered some of the most interesting hotel art around. The stylish, eco-conscious hotel tapped local artists to create works inspired by Brooklyn Bridge’s surrounding waterfront area. An avalanche of obsidian rocks tied with hand-dyed rope, a nod to the nearby docks, and a living plant wall are among the hotel’s inventive works highlighting Brooklyn nature.
The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
With a $2 million collection including 11 originals and 229 reprints, The Langham, New York is right at home in Midtown Manhattan, home of other epic attractions including the Empire State Building. A striking aesthetic, completed by a permanent display of works by American master Alex Katz, helped The Langham snag the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for the “#1 Hotel in New York City.”
Carlton Arms Hotel
Budget Hotel, Hotel
Young, European travelers are moving away from hostels and into the art-covered rooms at the Carlton Arms Hotel. Artists from around the globe have transformed the walls of this budget hotel into creative murals and gallery displays, making each a room a site-specific installation and a must-book stay for art lovers.
Almost a century after the property first opened as an artist’s loft (whose tenants included Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald), The Renwick continues to maintain its artistic tradition. Themed Creators and Artist’s Suites feature amenities including easels, painting supplies and writing paper and ink. If you manage to tear yourself from the Muse, hotel common areas, adorned with work by 19 contemporary New York artists, await.