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March 2019

Down to a fine art: Top 5 art hotels

With good planning, choosing where to stay overnight can also include a first-rate cultural experience. We take a look at some of the best art hotels around the world.

Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania/Australia
With around 500 works of art on display, the Henry Jones Art Hotel takes its art seriously. Art is integral to its appeal, displayed in public spaces, bars, restaurants and all rooms and suites. This waterfront hotel building in Hobart dates back to 1823, and its authenticity is key to its appeal – no blockbuster star names, just works by up-and-coming and established artists from the island.

Art Hotel Atelier sul Mare, Castel di Tusa/Italy
Art Hotel Atelier sul Mare is a gloriously situated coastal hotel on the northern coast of Sicily. Twenty rooms were handed over to a range of international artists, who were commissioned to create high-class art spaces. Visitors can stay in rooms with wooden sculptures, hand-made furniture, walls adorned with contemporary art works – or rooms with geographical themes, such as the Middle Eastern-inspired Hammam room.

The Silo Hotel, Cape Town/South Africa
Billed as “Cape Town’s most exclusive luxury hotel”, The Silo seems to have a lot to shout about – with good reason: situated in a former grain silo complex in South Africa’s oldest city, it has been transformed into a high-class, modern hotel by British designer Thomas Heatherwick. Set in a fabulous location above the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the hotel has its own subterranean gallery, the Vault, that showcases new South African talent.

The Exhibitionist Hotel, London/Great Britain
London’s Kensington is a cultural hub that is home to pop stars, artists, and two of the city’s best museums, the V&A and the Natural History Museum. Just a short walk from these museums is The Exhibitionist Hotel, created in a restored 18th-century home. It has rooms dedicated to various themes, such as our relationship with the planet, the natural world, history and politics.

Hotel du Petit Moulin, Paris/France
Fascinating history, inspiring culture and a great location are what visitors might want when visiting Paris, and in this boutique hotel in Paris-Marais they have them all. Located in a former boulangerie (with accompanying bakery front for good measure) that writer Victor Hugo apparently frequented, each of this privately owned 17th-century hotel’s 16 rooms have been individually designed with fantastic murals.

Source: CWT Connect Magazine 01-2019, Author: Paul Wheatley
Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash


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