Three of the Best: Hotels with Art

Only a stone’s throw from No.38 The Park, Cheltenham Racecourse hosted Cheltenham’s new contemporary art fair, Fresh…

An extravaganza of colour and new ideas, there was plenty to feast your eyes upon with 45 galleries, 400 artists and 5,000 works on display. To celebrate this exciting art event, we have gathered together our top three hotels with art.

The Beaumont 

Hotels with Art

It’s all about Room 215 in this towering London grande dame, owned by Corbin & King, the team behind buzzy restaurants, The Wolseley and The Delaunay. A hotel suite meets interactive piece of art, ROOM at The Beaumont is a stroke of genius, designed by Turner Prize winner, Antony Gormley, famed for his monumental Angel of the North. Housed within a sculpture of a crouching man, Gormley’s intent was to ‘sculpt darkness’ and create a ‘cocoon’ for guests. He’s achieved it with an oak-clad cave, three storeys high and a bed seemingly floating in the darkness. It’s not cheap. So, alternatively, admire from afar, bag one of the regular art deco-inspired suites and enjoy the 1,700 original paintings, photographs and prints lining the hotel walls. This is one hotel with art not to be missed.

La Colombe d’Or

Hotels with Art

It’s Provençal charm through and through at this family-run auberge off the Cote d’Azur. A famous hangout in the 1940s, the inn became renowned among artists visiting the region, who bestowed their work upon the hotel’s owners, in exchange for lodgings. These artists included Picasso, Matisse, Braque and Chagall, whose works now decorate the interior. Such names have attracted the great and the good with guests from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill and Elton John to Hugh Grant. Don’t miss the Alexander Calder mobile dangling above the cypress tree-lined swimming pool and a ceramic mural by Fernand Léger in the shade of some fig trees.

Gramercy Park Hotel 

Hotels with Art

Bold. Oversized. Unconventional. All the big contemporary names are here in this historic New York hotel: Warhol, Basquait, Hirst and Wesselman. Catch them quick as the displays are continually rotating so guests ‘never experience the same hotel twice’. This impressive art collection (valued at just over $50million) has an equally extraordinary curator – legendary artist and award-winning film director, Julian Schnabel. The hotel itself is a striking picture, too, built in the Renaissance Revivalist style and later refurbished in a bold palette with minimalist interiors, bespoke furnishings and textured reclaimed wood.

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