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The World’s Best Accommodation For Art Lovers

For art lovers, the latest trend in travel should go down a treat. It’s art-filled accommodation. Hotels around the world are now doubling as museums or galleries, showcasing original works in their lobbies, hallways and rooms.

And it makes sense. One of the best ways to appreciate art is to immerse yourself in it. Experiencing pieces again and again throughout your stay – when you’re in a different mood, when the lighting has changed and from various angles – furthers your understanding and interpretation of it. Among the many, these are our favourites.

The Milestone Hotel and Residences, London

An English country manor-style building and beautiful antique furnishings provide The Milestone Hotel with a fitting backdrop for the exquisite art that adorn its walls. The luxury London hotel, located opposite Kensington Palace and close to the Royal Albert Hall, features pieces ranging from Venetian classicism to a painting of a Wimbledon scene created by an official war artist in 1923. Works hang in common areas and in each of the hotel’s 52 rooms and suites.

The Slow, Bali

Boutique hotel The Slow in Canggu, Bali features original photographs from its owners’ (Ksubi designers Gareth Moody and George Gorrow) personal art collection throughout its lobby and each of its 12 minimalistic suites. A black and white photograph of a woman swimming naked underwater hangs on one wall, a photo of an island boy carrying a shark on another. But it’s in suite 13 that you’ll find temporary exhibitions with all art pieces available to buy.

The Cullen, Melbourne

The two life-size cow sculptures and a portrait of Australia’s greatest racehorse Phar Lap greeting guests at the door should give them a good indication of what’s to come inside The Cullen in Prahan, Melbourne. Inspired by edgy Australian artist Adam Cullen, the 119-room property features works from his infamous Ned Kelly Series throughout. They’re complemented by the hotel’s bold colours and modern interior furnishings.

Holistika Hotel, Tulum

Before opening as a 24-room hotel at the start of this year, Holistika in the jungle town of Tulum, Mexico was both a space for creatives and a wellness retreat. Its owner invited artists he’d met around the world to the property to live there, be inspired by their nature surroundings and work on their craft. Today, some of their work – large installations and sculptures – can be seen on Art Walk – a trail winding through the trees.

Petit Ermitage, Los Angeles

A hidden hotel on a leafy Los Angeles side street, Petit Ermitage is crammed with original artwork from its owners’ collections. Spanning from the 17th century until the Contemporary American period, they include pieces by the likes of Miro, De Kooning, Rauschenberg, Dali and Erte. Each displayed piece was picked deliberately to either be familiar or exotic, and to fit with the overall tone of the hotel. An entire room, Suite 406 on the fourth floor, has been transformed by New York-based artist in residence Greg Haberny.

QT Museum, Wellington

As its name suggests, QT Museum in New Zealand’s Wellington is a veritable museum, boasting the country’s largest privately-owned art collection. All contemporary art, highlights among them include a portrait of singer Lorde by Auckland-born artist Peter Stitchbury, a painting showing the Mona Lisa in a Maori coat and washing-up gloves by graphic designer Grant Hanna and works by Gregor Kregar, which question meaning behind objects like piggy banks, wine bottles and garden gnomes.

Freehand, New York City

Freehand Photo: Adrian-Gaut

Hotel brand Freehand is known for its free spirited approach to hospitality. Its New York City location, located in Flatiron in the former George Washington Hotel, is decorated with works of emerging artists. In partnership with a nearby university Bard College’s art programmes, the 395-room hotel launched the Freehand Fellowship which allows selected artists to live, work and exhibit with its space.

Hotel Ella, Texas

Housed in the historic Goodall Wooten mansion, a landmark estate in Austin, Texas, Hotel Ella showcases local art from the past. Texas modernists Michael Frary, Charles Umlauf, Ralph White and Kelly Fearing, all of whom played instrumental roles in bringing Texas into the international mainstream art conversation, are featured at the hotel. Each room is decorated with black and white photography by local photographer Matt Lankes.

Published 29 June, 2018