An invitation to some of the world’s best art hotels

From one end of the world to the other, visitors will find not only beautiful landscapes, but also countless cultural offerings in the world’s best art hotels. In some cases, catering companies bring the art directly to you.

Keep reading to find some of the most visually stunning abodes this side of the earth.

21C Museum Hotels

21c Museum Hotels

Launched in 2006 by philanthropists and art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, 21c Museum Hotels aims to elevate historic homes with restoration and incredible art. Now located in eight cities across the United States, each inn is themed around a multi-location contemporary art museum connected to a boutique hotel and restaurant. Even if you don’t want to stay, each exhibition space is free and open to the public.

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Grand Bohemian Hotel

The interior of the Asheville art gallery of the Grand Bohemian Hotel
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

Located in a mountain home in Asheville, North Carolina, the Grand Bohemian Hotel offers a luxurious retreat from reality in a rustic 19th-century hunting lodge. Art lovers can enjoy accommodations surrounded by incredible visual works. The seven properties of the Grand Bohemian Hotel are each different and inspired by the environment. Located in the idyllic Biltmore Village, the Grand Bohemian Asheville, for example, exudes European rustic charm. Each room is filled with commissioned artwork that complements the signature art galleries.

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Conrad Indianapolis Lobby Art Gallery
Conrad Indianapolis

Book one of the ‘Collection’ suites at the Conrad Indianapolis and settle in among some of the world’s greatest works of art. Hand-signed pieces by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, William John Kennedy and Andy Warhol are just beginning to describe the decorated walls.

Each of the four suites is dedicated to a different art genre – contemporary, surrealism, modernism and pop art – and curated furnishings by designers such as Eero Saarinen and Jonathan Adler round out the visual immersion.

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Gladstone House

Lobby of Gladstone's Art Gallery
Gladstone House

Located in West Queen West, one of Toronto’s most creative neighborhoods, Gladstone House emphasizes culture, art and diversity while preserving the building’s rich history and iconic original architecture.

Originally built in 1889, the Gladstone House has long been a creative haven. Each of the 37 rooms is designed by a different artist. This includes room 405: Parlor of Twilight, room 304: Faux Naturelle and room 403: Surreal Gourmet.

*Unvaccinated travelers to Canada must present a negative COVID-19 test upon entry.

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The Aqua Villa at the Azulik Hotel, Tulum.

Located in the heart of Tulum in the jungle on the coast of Mexico, Azulik is a luxury hotel and a Mayan sculptural masterpiece. The resort’s labyrinthine design stems from handcrafted wooden frames and thatched roofs in an effort to connect guests with the surrounding nature. Azulik is instrumental in financing SFER IK, a contemporary art museum built by the owners. Just a short drive away you will find SFER IK with fine art exhibitions, craft workshops and artist residencies.

*All US citizens are allowed to travel to Mexico regardless of COVID-19 considerations.

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Anse Chastanet

Anse Chastanet art adorns the walls of the hotel
Anse Chastanet

Continuing into the Caribbean, we find the artistic contribution to the scenic beauty of St. Lucia in the Anse Chastanet, a resort surrounded by lush green hills and crystal clear waters. The rooms and public areas are lifted by vibrant murals, ‘sky ceilings’ and wooden sculptures, all created by local artists.

*Non-vaccinated visitors must provide medically certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test up to five days prior to departure.

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The Dolder Grand

An art-decorated lobby in the Dolder Grand Zurich
Dolder Grand Zurich.

Across the pond, Zurich’s Dolder Grand rises from a canopy of trees like a medieval rectory. The Dolder Grand overlooks the Swiss streets below and is home to over 100 works of art by well-known artists. This includes Salvador Dali’s Metamorphosed Women – The Seven ArtsFernando Boteros Woman with fruitand Henry Moore’s Three-piece reclining figure: draped† Check off your bucket list of famous works and see innovative works by the likes of Zaha Hadid and Joan Miró.

*All US citizens are allowed to travel to Switzerland regardless of COVID-19 considerations.

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Rome Cavalieri

A bird's-eye view of the dolphin fountain in Rome Cavalieri
Rome Cavalieri

If it’s stunning, chic lodgings that get your blood flowing, the Rome Cavalieri (of Waldorf Astoria) is the place to go. This hillside hotel offers beautiful views of the city and the continent’s only 3-star Michelin restaurant. Enjoy a prestigious and exclusive art collection before relaxing in the spa club at the top of Monte Mario.

*All US citizens are allowed to travel to Italy regardless of COVID-19 considerations.

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Art adorns the lobby of the Rosewood Hotel, Hong Kong
Rosewood Hong Kong

Towering over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, Rosewood Hong Kong is a lush and secluded spot in the heart of the super hip art and design district of Victoria Dockside. Considered one of the best new hotels in the world, the Rosewood features eight restaurants and lounges and an urban wellness retreat alongside incredible art at every turn.

*Travellers entering Hong Kong from an overseas location outside Greater China must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and in possession of a recognized vaccination record.

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If you’re going big when you get out of town, art is an important aspect to broaden your perspective. You can broaden your horizons and ensure that culture continues when you book a stay at an art hotel.

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