Art and culture often collide. For travelers looking to experience both, these hotels double as art galleries and celebrate the local art scene. Take a look.
The Dolder Grand, a castle-like hotel overlooking the vibrant city of Zurich, serves as the perfect gateway and home-away-from-home for visitors to Switzerland looking to explore and learn more about the burgeoning arts and culture scenes in Zurich and throughout the country. The hotel was founded in 1899 and since its opening, has become a destination for art lovers. Today, the hotel boasts a collection of more than 100 works of art, from more than 90 artists. The museum-like hotel invites guests to skip the long lines and crowds and experience masterpieces in an ultra-luxury setting and while looking out to the Swiss alps and Zurich city center beyond. Art lovers can take all the time in the world to experience The Dolder Grand’s own self-guided iPad art tour and swoon over works of art by Fernando Botero, Keith Haring, Murakami, Jani Leinonen, Philip Haas, Salvador Dali and more. The Dolder Grand’s storied legacy, magical setting, Swiss hospitality, Michelin-starred dining and innovative wellness facilities, make for the perfect setting for enjoying some of the world’s finest art.
45 Park Lane is a vibrant beacon of contemporary culture in a luxury hotel. An invigorating blend of art and landmark architecture in the middle of classical London, Dorchester Collection’s Art Deco Mayfair hotel has a legacy of supporting emerging British artists and boasts an ever-evolving collection. Since the hotel’s founding, the lobby space has played host to some of the world’s most critically acclaimed art and evokes the feel of a 20th-century salon, inviting guests to engage with modern masterpieces in an environment akin to a traditional private club. Through January 2023, guests can also experience a new exhibition featuring photographer and filmmaker, David Bailey. The ‘Bailey: Vision and Sound’ exhibition will feature the groundbreaking era of the 1960s through unseen portraits and candid shots of some of history’s greatest musicians from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles. Told through his unique photography style, this exhibition tells a captivating story of music culture across several generations while honoring Bailey’s own musical heroes.
Hotel Bel-Air is a treasure trove of Old Hollywood glamour and has long been a favorite retreat for movie industry insiders as such, has an art collection that celebrates the people that make Hollywood. Currently on display are large-format photographs by film and photography legend Norman Seeff along the walls of The Bar & Lounge, which are covered with iconic black & white imagery. The larger-than-life installations add an eye-catching dimension and vibrant energy to the space. These images are the result of several exclusive photo sessions from the 1980s, in which Seeff captured artists and innovators such Cher, Tina Turner and Steve Jobs in unique, unguarded moments. And through Oct. 31, guests can revel in “The Catastrophics,” a new sculpture exhibition by Seth Kinmont. Commissioned specifically for Hotel Bel-Air and inspired by the estate’s Eden-like atmosphere, the contemporary 12 small-scale, cast aluminum sculptures reflect some of Kinmont’s favorite rare works by contemporary and modern artists. He then projects these objects millions of years into the future, transformed by the changing climate yet still emanating presence and meaning, becoming new forms.