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Mapping the 10 Best Hotel Art Collections in America

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Traditionally, hotels have been home to some of the world's worst art—mass-produced schlock cheap enough that a cigarette burn or errant elbow wouldn't put a big dent in the hotel's bottom line. But with the rise of the boutique hotel, and their more discerning clientele, top-quality art has become a centerpiece of the public spaces in some American hotels. Find ten of the best—in no particular order—mapped below and then explore lobby art around the Curbed local markets in fuller detail.


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Gramercy Park Hotel

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Curated, in part, by artist and auteur Julian Schnabel, the public art collection at the Gramercy Park Hotel includes works by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Prince, Cy Twombly, and Damien Hirst.

Le Parker Méridien New York

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The lobby of New York's Parker Méridien isn't packed with art like some others on this list, but the two pieces it does display are true showstoppers: a giant spin painting by Damien Hirst and a sculpture by Charles Long.

21c Museum Hotel

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Located adjacent to a contemporary art museum, the 21c Museum Hotel is home to a hefty collection itself, including a group of bright red penguin sculptures by Cracking Art Group. The penguins are regularly moved around the hotel, including into guest rooms.

The James Chicago

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The James, located in the cultural heart of downtown Chicago, has a contemporary art collection with plenty of prominent works. Some of the highlights include a suitcase work by Joel Ross and a towering mural by Andrea Mantin.

Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

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Damien Hirst and his fellow Young British Artists feature prominently in the Chambers Hotel. Billed as the "country's first luxury art hotel," the Chambers is stocked with more than 200 pieces from the owner's collection and is also home to a gallery hosting rotating exhibitions.

Hotel ZaZa

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Dallas' Hotel Zaza has plenty of art sprinkled around the public spaces and guest rooms, but the real art credentials come from the dedicated "Art House," a space that functions as a gallery and event space.

Encantado Resort

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This Four Seasons property might seem a bit far from the gallery scene in downtown Santa Fe, but the on-site gallery is an offshoot LewAllen, one of the oldest and largest in the area. Sculptures from the gallery can also be found in the lobby and hallways.

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

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Las Vegas casinos have always used gimmicks to draw guests and gamblers, but the Bellagio was among the first to make its art program a centerpiece. The Bellagio Art Gallery hosts special exhibitions from renowned collections. The current show, curated with the assistance of the Andy Warhol Museum, runs through October.

Andaz West Hollywood

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Following a 2009 renovation, the Andaz West Hollywood boasts an intricate hand-painted sculpture by Jacob Hashimoto. That permanent work is supplemented with a "rotating collection of art by Los Angeles artists," curated by art consultant Merry Norris.

The St. Regis San Francisco

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Located next door to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the St. Regis Hotel also has an entrance to the Museum of the African Diaspora through the lobby. As if that wasn't enough, the hotel also has a collection lining its public spaces, featuring contemporary works by artists Alison Rossiter, Hans Shule, Mari-Ruth Oda, and Chip Cooper.

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Gramercy Park Hotel

Curated, in part, by artist and auteur Julian Schnabel, the public art collection at the Gramercy Park Hotel includes works by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Prince, Cy Twombly, and Damien Hirst.

Le Parker Méridien New York

The lobby of New York's Parker Méridien isn't packed with art like some others on this list, but the two pieces it does display are true showstoppers: a giant spin painting by Damien Hirst and a sculpture by Charles Long.

21c Museum Hotel

Located adjacent to a contemporary art museum, the 21c Museum Hotel is home to a hefty collection itself, including a group of bright red penguin sculptures by Cracking Art Group. The penguins are regularly moved around the hotel, including into guest rooms.

The James Chicago

The James, located in the cultural heart of downtown Chicago, has a contemporary art collection with plenty of prominent works. Some of the highlights include a suitcase work by Joel Ross and a towering mural by Andrea Mantin.

Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

Damien Hirst and his fellow Young British Artists feature prominently in the Chambers Hotel. Billed as the "country's first luxury art hotel," the Chambers is stocked with more than 200 pieces from the owner's collection and is also home to a gallery hosting rotating exhibitions.

Hotel ZaZa

Dallas' Hotel Zaza has plenty of art sprinkled around the public spaces and guest rooms, but the real art credentials come from the dedicated "Art House," a space that functions as a gallery and event space.

Encantado Resort

This Four Seasons property might seem a bit far from the gallery scene in downtown Santa Fe, but the on-site gallery is an offshoot LewAllen, one of the oldest and largest in the area. Sculptures from the gallery can also be found in the lobby and hallways.

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas casinos have always used gimmicks to draw guests and gamblers, but the Bellagio was among the first to make its art program a centerpiece. The Bellagio Art Gallery hosts special exhibitions from renowned collections. The current show, curated with the assistance of the Andy Warhol Museum, runs through October.

Andaz West Hollywood

Following a 2009 renovation, the Andaz West Hollywood boasts an intricate hand-painted sculpture by Jacob Hashimoto. That permanent work is supplemented with a "rotating collection of art by Los Angeles artists," curated by art consultant Merry Norris.

The St. Regis San Francisco

Located next door to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the St. Regis Hotel also has an entrance to the Museum of the African Diaspora through the lobby. As if that wasn't enough, the hotel also has a collection lining its public spaces, featuring contemporary works by artists Alison Rossiter, Hans Shule, Mari-Ruth Oda, and Chip Cooper.