The 10 most inspiring… Art hotels

The restaurant and bar Proof on Main at 21C Museum Hotel in LouisvilleThe restaurant and bar Proof on Main at 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville. (Photo: Magnus Lindqvist)

The Asleep in the Cyclone roomThe ‘Asleep in the Cyclone’ room, designed as a tribute to the 1960s counter-culture commune era. (Photo: Ryan Kurtz)

5: citizenM Hotels

CitizenM has found a way to create the budget traveler’s dream come true: a low-cost hotel with high-end design. There’s no concierge, no room service, and you check yourself in. But the stylish, compact rooms are decked out with high-tech gadgetry and plush, king-size beds–and all the free on-demand movies, bottled water, and Wi-Fi you could ask for. The hotels are the creation of Rattan Chadha. Since launching citizenM in Amsterdam in 2008, Chadha has opened four more hotels in Europe. In April, he launched his first U.S. hotel in New York City’s Times Square, and more are on the way.

citizenM Hotel Amsterdam, The Netherlands (photo: Ken Lee)citizenM Hotel Amsterdam, The NetherlandscitizenM Hotel Amsterdam, The Netherlands (photo: Ken Lee)

6: Hotel des Arts

A more modern version of art hotels is Hotel des Arts in San Francisco. The hotel consists of 13 Tourist rooms and 38 Residential rooms suitable for a longer stay, showcasing the contemporary works of emerging artists from around the world.  The hotels’ purpose is not just to decorate rooms with art but give the guests an interactive experience. The artists create their paintings with complete artistic control and the neutral simplicity, modern lightings and clean lined furnishings, allows their work to prevail.

Room number 208 by Jet MartinezRoom number 208 by Jet Martinez uses gold leaf detailing in his mural paintings and geometric patterns representing plants. (photo: Susan Seubert)

Room number 40 by Tim GaskinRoom number 40 by Tim Gaskin, featuring a giant pop star (Madonna), and “grotequely enlarged” fashion logos. (Photo: Susan Seubert )

7: New Hotel

New Hotel, in Athens, Greece was ventured by famed sibling design duo, the Campana brothers and it incorporates three different themes of Athenian culture in its design. First are rooms that display historic postcards, giving guests an insight into old Athens. Other rooms pay homage to fictional characters from Greek folklore called Karagiozis. The third theme for rooms embraces the ‘evil eye’ – a superstitious bead that guards against bad omens. New Hotel has 79 rooms and suites, many of which hold exclusive pieces of artwork .

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