5 of the World's Best Hotel Art Collections

                 Bob Dass

Corporate art collections have been with us for generations (indeed, in some sense for centuries), but in recent years, an increasing number of hotels – both indies and entire chains – have been focusing on art as both a guest perk and a point of prestige (and some have even been theming themselves completely with art – I fondly recall staying in Berlin as far back as the early 1990s at the Art Hotel Sorat). If you’re an art lover, there are an increasing number of options across the world; here are five personal favorites of mine:

Bellagio, Las Vegas

I'm not much of a fan of Las Vegas per se or of casinos, but I do like the way a number of the elaborate casino hotels of Vegas have been tarting themselves up with art, but this 3,950-room Leading Hotels of the World member, named for and inspired by the Belle-Époque grandeur of the eponymous town on Italy’s Lake Como, pioneered by taking art as its central theme, from the Dale Chihuly glass flowers run riot in the lobby (top) to a gallery with rotating exhibits hosting the ilk of Van GoghHockneyPicassoMonet, and many more.

Dolder Grand, Zurich

With 175 rooms in the hills above the city, one of Europe’s most distinguished grandes dames is nonetheless cutting-edge in décor, amenities, and art in the lobby (below) and beyond – and can boast works on premises by the likes of Fernando BoteroSalvador DalíKeith HaringDamien HirstJoan MiróHenry MooreHaruki Murakami, and Camile Pissarro.

  Dolder Grand Hotel

Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel, Tel Aviv

Technically located north of Tel Aviv on the coast in the Haifa town of Zichron Ya’akov, this 60-unit boutique hotel overlooking the Mediterranean mixes modern architecture with works by 20th-century masters like Picasso and Braque as well as contemporary artists such as Jim Dine. Israeli artists are also heavily represented, of course. Mazel tov!

Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City

Located In Manhattan’s genteel, eponymous Gramercy Park neighborhood, this 1920s Deco gem (below) has been a hipster boutique for at least a decade now, with acclaimed destination dining and nightlife along with a Julian-Schabel-designed lobby packed with a rotating collection including icons like Basquiat, Botero, Hirst, and Warhol, but also provocative lesser known artists like Sean Landers and Enoc Perez.

 Grammercy Park Hotel

The Surrey, New York City

Another 1920s Manhattan boutique charmer, but farther north on the Upper East Side, NYC’s only Relaix & Château boutique boasts the Michelin-starred Café Boloud and a lovely roof garden, but more to my point here, rotating exhibitions plus a $30-million collection with standouts like Cecily BrownJenny HolzerClase Oldenburg, and Richard Serra (and of course don’t miss Chuck Close‘s floor-to-ceiling tapestry of Kate Moss). 


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Comment by Buzzy Gordon on September 4, 2017 at 3:06pm

This is an interesting post, and it is nice to see a representative from Israel in your list. But I do not understand why you have the Elma Hotel situated in three separate municipalities: Tel Aviv, Haifa and Zichron Yaakov.

It is just as easy to be precise: Zichron Yaakov, a picturesque town in the center of Israeli wine country, is approximately halfway between Tel Aviv, Israel's cultural capital, and Haifa, Israel's third largest city (and not a region).  

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