If you love to travel and have an appreciation for beautiful artwork, an Airbnb probably won’t meet your high expectations. However, there are a selection of hotels around the world that not only have beautiful rooms, but are also home to some stunning collections of artwork.
You won’t need to join the long queue for the gallery if you can spare the cash in one of these sensational hotels. From Ireland to Italy and Thailand to Mexico these hidden gems are dotted around the map, so wherever you want to go, there’s a work of art around ever corner.
Borgo Pignano, Tuscany
Part of a 750-acre estate in Tuscany, just a short drive from Florence and Pisa, the Borgo Pignano hotel has some seriously stunning artwork hiding inside. The hotel owner has a collaborative relationship with the Royal Drawing School in London. Not only that, but guests who spend the night have the option to create their own masterpieces, with experts on hand providing painting classes for guests.
When you’ve finished splashing your paintbrushes, you can dine in the excellent restaurant specialising in organic, locally sourced produce.
Guests can also view contemporary art exhibitions at the Pignano Art Gallery, curated anew every six months.
Price tag: Bed and breakfast from €300 (£267) per night (borgopignano.com).
The Beaumont, London
Top London restaurateur, Jeremy King, transformed this incredible Grade II listed 1926 Art Deco building into one of London’s most exquisite hotels.
The concept was to construct a ‘fake history’ for the hotel, dreamed up by the fictional hotelier Jimmy Beaumont, who opened a hotel in London to escape Prohibition-era New York.
Celebrated artist Antony Gormley gets top billing here with his notable art work ROOM, a three-storey inhabitable sculpture created as an experimental work. But what is it? Well, it’s a bedroom 33ft high, clad entirely in dark-fumed oak and furnished only with a bed. The meaning behind the interactive design was to ‘sculpt darkness itself’.
Diners in the Colony Grill can view murals by American artist John Mattos depicting American sporting scenes and legendary venues as well as a set of 48 black-and-white cartoons of famous characters from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. If that wasn’t enough, two rare Charlie Chaplin posters by Auguste Louis Leymarie from 1917/18 complete a group of early 20th Century works.
Price tag: Rooms from £425 per night (thebeaumont.com).
Once a regency-era mansion in Ireland, this 20-bedroom, five-star hotel can be admired both for its art and its 614-acre estate, which makes the perfect spot for art lovers in need of some peace and quiet.
Much of the period when the house was being renovated and converted into a hotel was spent sourcing a suitable collection of Irish and Ireland-related art to decorate the huge space. This means you’ll find an impressive collection by Irish artists as well as a number of continental and American ones.
Family portraits of past owners were reinstalled after about 90 years and now provide a wonderful display on the grand staircase. The first painting you encounter when you step inside is a full-length portrait of Sir Audley Mervyn, who was related to the three families who have owned Ballyfin at one time or another – the Crosbys, the Poles and the Cootes. There are also group portraits by George Hayter.
Price tag: From €580 per room, per night, including breakfast (ballyfin.com).
The PuXuan, Beijing
Located just by Beijing’s main commercial and shopping district, the PuXuan is located above the Guardian Art Centre, and has taken inspiration from its location.
The contemporary hotel has 116 rooms, most of which feature an art safe with two compartments. There’s one for the usual valuables and the other to store any artwork you buy from the nearby art centre – meaning art buyers flock here when in the capital.
For guests who stay, they are treated to a stunning wealth of priceless sculptures, ceramics and paintings throughout the hotel, including artist Qiu Deshu’s The Mountain at the hotel reception on level one.
Price tag: Rooms with breakfast from CNY 2,680 (£305) a night (thepuxuan.com).
Hotel ChÂteau du Grand-Lucé, Loire Valley
This chateau is one of the finest remaining examples of 18th Century French neoclassical architecture. Recently opened as a hotel, its former owner, Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, demanded the best and got it, from the creamy white limestone to the highest quality furnishing and finishes – including painted walls by the artist Jean Baptiste Pillement.
Inside you’ll be captivated by outstanding art including murals depicting a fanciful life in Asia in the chinoiserie style, painted on canvas-covered walls in the aptly named Salon Chinois – once the Baron’s private drawing room.
Guests can wander among art from a number of centuries, with fabrics on display from designers including Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Price tag: Rooms from €350 a night (chateaugrandluce.com).
Ser Casasandra, Isla Holbox, Mexico
Moving overseas to Mexico, this hotel is small and intimate, with just 18 rooms. Regardless of its size, it’s the most luxurious hotel on the island. The best part? You won’t only find amazing artwork here, but the artists themselves! The owner, Cuban artist Sandra Pérez Lozano, runs a charitable programme that lets other artists stay at the hotel and help with the local community.
When you’re not checking out the art, join dawn yoga sessions, take cooking lessons, explore the island by bike or indulge in massages.
Within the hotel, guests can awe at the frequently changing collection by the owner as well as artists in residence such as Ernesto Sanchez, who is part of a group of creative Cubans behind the 13th Havana Biennial earlier this year.
Price tag: Rooms for two from $319 (casasandra.com).
Fife Arms, Braemar, Aberdeenshire
This grand former Victorian coaching inn, which reopened last Christmas, has 46 rooms and suites. Decor mixes ultra-modern with traditional Scottish. The restaurant overlooks the River Clunie, and there’s a jewel-box-like cocktail bar and plenty of public areas, all packed with interesting art, artefacts and stories.
Guests will be overwhelmed by the vast wealth of newly commissioned contemporary works as well as examples of other valuable art and antiques. In all there are said to be more than 14,000 pieces of art throughout the hotel, including in guest rooms.
Price tag: Rooms with breakfast from £250 a night (thefifearms.com).