Gramercy Park Hotel
New York City, New York
A hotel designed by Julian Schnabel sets the bar high for art works, and the Gramercy Park doesn’t disappoint — its permanent collection includes pieces by Hirst, Warhol, Basquiat, Picasso and Keith Haring.
The Haymarket’s location near Trafalgar Square places it close to the National Gallery and the ICA, among others, but the lobby is a mini-museum unto itself, prominently featuring a sculpture by Tony Cragg and a landscape painting by John Virtue.
It takes some bold works to stand out against the backdrop of Karim Rashid’s typically riotous design, and Semiramis opted only for the boldest, including pop-inspired works by the likes of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Jenny Holzer, Michael Bevilacqua, and Tim Noble & Sue Webster.
New York City, New York
The Surrey is stuffed to the gills with modern and contemporary art works, beginning with Chuck Close’s one-of-a-kind portrait of Kate Moss, a daguerreotype image printed as a digitally-produced jacquard tapestry.
The James Chicago
The James is filled with works by local and international artists, starting with the lobby: Chicago-based artist Joel Ross dismantled a classic American motel room and rebuilt it whole in the entryway of the hotel, as an installation titled "Room 28."
The Dolder Grand
Owner Urs Ernst Schwarzenbach’s collection includes some modernist treasures, from Dalí's "Femmes Metamorphoses" to LeWitt’s "Horizontal Brushstrokes" and Henry Moore's "Three Piece Reclining Figure: Draped."
21c Museum Hotel
Here the hotel is the contemporary art museum; 21c contains 9,000 square feet of gallery space for its rotating exhibitions and impressive permanent collection, and serves as a venue for artist lectures, film screenings, poetry readings and more.
Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista
In a mansion outside Verona the Byblos Art Hotel has assembled a wide-ranging collection, from photography by Marina Abramović and Beatriz Millar to paintings by Damien Hirst and even a (thankfully) sealed tin of Piero Manzoni’s “Merda d’Artista.”
River Retreat Garaku
The tranquil grounds of this Toyama ryokan create the perfect atmosphere for contemplating an outstanding collection of contemporary Japanese art and sculpture. In the restaurant, there’s an entire wall of plaques by Ogawa Machiko, one of Japan's best-known ceramic artists.
Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Panama City, Panama
Each of Tántalo’s thirteen guest rooms was designed by a different local artist, and management clearly didn't keep them on a tight leash. The result is not a knick-knack here and a painting there, but bold wall-spanning murals inspired by the neighborhood's colorful street art.