Check into a Hotel that Surrounds you with Art

Max Grinnel, a contributor to Travel + Leisure has put together an interesting story for art lovers: The Country’s Best Hotel Art Installations to See Right Now.  He starts his article by asking: “While on the road, why not rest your head in a place that offers a primo cultural bonus?” Good question. And if you believe in supporting the arts this is a “win win” for all involved.  We send a big thanks to the US hotels that offer fresh, compelling and, at times, controversial art for all to see.   Max shares 11 hotels worth checking out for your next trip – here’s a snapshot of four of them. You can follow Max Grinnel on Twitter @theurbanologist.  Happy travels!

The Alexander in Indianapolis 
“Art to the fore” might be the informal motto at The Alexander. Moments of brilliance here include delights like a portrait of local hair empress Madam C. J. Walker made out of more than 3,400 combs, a galaxy of vinyl records, and an elaborate collection of text cut from stainless steel.

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21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky

At the 21c Museum Hotel, you’ll find a contemporary art museum that’s open 24/7, 365 days a year. Working with a range of local and New York galleries, the managers, themselves art collectors, mounted exhibits celebrating the Louisville Slugger, Japanese “host clubs,” and notions of myth and metaphor in contemporary costume drama.

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The Verb Hotel in Boston
Located just a fly-ball from Fenway Park, the Verb has that midcentury manner down pat. The rooms feature silk-screen rock poster prints from celebrated Boston shows, along with period lighting elements, Fender amps, and more.

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Hotel Des Arts in San Francisco
Since it opened, the Hotel des Arts has invited artists from all over the world to decorate its rooms. The materials include vinyl-mounted records and video installations. You might find luchadores on the walls of your room, or elaborate black-and-white line drawings.

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