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Are hotels, tomorrow’s art galleries?
Are hotels, tomorrow’s art galleries? - Vatel

Are hotels, tomorrow’s art galleries?

Vatel Group is proud to support the 14th edition of the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennial. The occasion to remember that both the hospitality industry and the artistic world are venues of emotions, sharing and cultural exchanges.


Invited to use lobbies, rooms, gardens and even facades of some of the most prestigious hotels, artists are now welcomed into hotels throughout the world. Patronage hotels, art gallery hotels, creative laboratory hotels... they all now reflect the tastes of clients who are keen on contemporary art and who love staying in hotels that affirm their character strong and loud. A few hotels for those who love art... as well as beautiful hotels:

At the beginning, there was art: Park Hyatt Hotels

The Park Hyatt group was founded by Thomas Pritzker, an art lover and collector. Each hotel is decorated with pictures, sculptures and other works of art. For instance, an original work by Robert Rauschenberg, from Thomas Pritzker’s private collection, welcomes visitors in the Park Hyatt Chicago hotel lobby.

The Negresco Hotel: sleeping in a museum with 6,000 works of art

Over a hundred years old, the Negresco Hotel in Nice shows its guests the best French art has to give. As the Michelin Guidebook says, “A majestic, legendary and unclassifiable museum-hotel,” this Belle Epoque palace hosts no less than 6,000 works of art, including the opulent Nana Jaune by Niki de Saint-Phalle, a bust by Renoir, a painting by Vasarely and even a portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud, one of the most beautiful paintings in the collection.


The Benesse House, both a museum and a hotel 

Designed as a mixed space, including museum and hotel functions, the Benesse House (Naoshima) has nature, art and architecture under the same roof giving its guests both artistic and sensory experiences. The omnipresence of art, (except in the rooms themselves so that guests will rest better), makes this a unique venue where works of Japanese art are exhibited next to works by Jackson Pollock or Niki de Sainte-Phalle.

The Alpina Gstaad, a contemporary art showcase

Nachson Mimran, a joint-owner of the Alpina Gstaad Hotel, has a collection of over 40 works of contemporary art from the entire world exhibited throughout the hotel. Besides works of art in the permanent collection, the hotel also hosts artists for temporary exhibitions, thus giving guests more than just a well decorated hotel; one where beauty and liberty of expression play key parts in their stays.

Luxury, calm and contemporary art: the Casa Malca 

The Casa Malca, named after its founder, Lio Malca, an art dealer, is a 35-room hotel located in Tulum, Mexico... in the house where Pablo Escobar, the drug dealer used to live! After having been empty for a long time, it was completely renovated and now is an intimate showcase to some of the most beautiful contemporary art signatures: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and even Keith Haring.

The Museum Hotels” from the 21c chain

It says so in the name: these “museum hotels” are located in historic buildings in large American cites (Cincinnati, Nashville, Kansas City, etc.), which themselves enjoy cultural and artistic facilities. Open year round to the general public, these hotels are a complete merger between luxury hospitality venues and contemporary art.

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