Art’ Otel, London
This new hotel is housed in the reborn Battersea Power Station complex. There are works on display in the Grand Café and in the common areas, from striking works by the hotel’s signature artist Jaime Hayon, to butter yellow statues in the marbled lobby. The bedrooms are sleek and modern with pops of color and floor-to-ceiling windows, while higher rooms offer stunning city views. There are daily tours of the collection at 16.00, with the spectacular rooftop bar, pool and restaurant the ideal place for some after-culture.
Double from £213, room only; artotellondonbattersea.com
Art Luise Kunsthotel, Berlin
Located in the heart of Berlin’s Mitte district, each of the hotel’s 50 rooms has been designed by a different artist, encompassing everything from paintings to furniture and linen. The art is hugely diverse, from graffiti blobs by Kiddy Citny – whose much-photographed work has appeared in Berlin since the mid-80s – to intricate papier-mache installations and abstract canvases. The lobby is dotted with sculptural works and the whole place feels as much like a gallery as a hotel.
Double from £110, room only; luise-berlin.com
Byblos Art Hotel, Verona
Set in the vineyards of Valpolicella, Byblos Art Hotel is housed in a lovely 17th-century Baroque villa just outside Verona. The grand reception area is home to an extraordinary collection of modern art from the likes of Damien Hirst, Marina Abramović, Vanessa Beecroft, Marc Quinn, Anish Kapoor, Takashi Murakami, Ron Arad (the list of star names goes on and on…) of the 59 bedrooms are decorated with original art, while around every corner, on every staircase, there is a stunning painting or captivating installation waiting to be enjoyed.
Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Double from £270, including breakfast; slh.com
H10 Art Gallery, Barcelona
Each floor of H10 is a tribute to a famous contemporary artist, with walls, rooms and even bathrooms designed to recreate the style of the likes of Joan Miró, Francis Bacon and Henri Matisse. Original works and lithographs by artists including Miquelo Barceló hang in the lobby, and the lively bar and restaurant both feature striking contemporary works. The cherry on the cake is the roof terrace and pool, with lovely views of the city.
Double from £134, room only; h10hotels.com
El Fenn, Marrakech
The first piece that Vanessa Branson brought to Marrakech to decorate her atmospheric riad was carried in her hand luggage. It was a piece by Bob and Roberta Smith called I believe in Van Gogh, as she explains sets the odd tone. The intimate hotel, located in the heart of the medina, features key works from her own collection, including Fiona Rae, William Kentridge, Bridget Riley and a pair of installations by David Shrigley. While working on the Marrakech Biennale, Branson developed relationships with Moroccan artists, including Leila Alaoui and Hassan Hajjaj (who have just created a spectacular installation, a stunning wall of colorful bottles inspired by the hotel’s stained glass). The impressive El Fenn collection now includes works from artists across the continent including Branson’s favourite, Joana Choumali from Ivory Coast. Perhaps the most startling artwork – against a brilliant red wall as you walk from reception – is a series of black-and-white photographs of boy soldiers by South African artist Guy Tillim.
Doubles from £297, including breakfast and afternoon tea; el-fenn.com.
Hotel des Academies et des Arts, Paris
Once home to renowned artists Amedeo Modigliani and Tsuguharu Foujita, this 20-bedroom hotel still has the feel of a classic atelier, with a working studio that hosts temporary exhibitions. The bedrooms are classic and simple, with whitewashed walls and raw wood; half have ceiling frescoes and all have artwork dotted around the walls. In the basement, the quiet wellness room is set up for massages and treatments, with yoga classes also offered.
Double from £197, room only; hoteldesacademies.fr
Otto Wiesenthal opened the Hotel Altstadt more than 30 years ago, partly as a place to house his growing art collection and partly to revive a classic Viennese palace. Now the 62-room hotel is home to a staggering array of works by artists including Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz and Markus Prachensky – many owned by Wiesenthal, with others on loan from museums. The atmosphere is a simple style, with the excellent breakfast sourced from the best of Vienna’s independent producers.
Double from £180, B&B; altstadt.at
There is art in every corner of this classic Scandinavian hotel, a 390-room rebirth of the former Danish Central Post Office in an impressive Neo-Baroque building. Sculptures stand sentinel in the glass-ceilinged lobby, the bedroom walls are dotted with works by contemporary Danish and European artists, with the hotel’s entire collection worth around US$2 million. Of the two bars, T37 is the place for expertly mixed cocktails, while the rooftop terrace and pool are a great place to start or end the day. Double from £229, room only; villacopenhagen.com
Unico Boutique Hotel d’Arte, Mondello, Sicily
All the art displayed in this charming eight-room hotel is for sale, with works scattered throughout the common areas and on display in the private art gallery. The location – a stone’s throw from Lido di Mondello – makes it easy to stroll between the beach and the hotel’s shimmering pool, which has a glorious view of the Mediterranean. Breakfasts are hearty and although there is no restaurant there is plenty right on the doorstep, with central Palermo a quick taxi ride away.
double from £219, room only; unicohoteldarte.it
31.10 Art Hotel, Florence
Florence is one of Europe’s most artistic cities, and hotels can be expensive, making this elegant 13-room boutique hotel a real bargain. Four of the bedrooms are dedicated to famous Florentines, from Leonardo da Vinci to Piero della Francesca, with wall art, paintings and coffee table books focusing on their works. The connecting rooms are ideal for families. Breakfast with fresh pastries and homemade cakes offers the perfect fuel for a day of gallery hopping.
Double from £115, B&B; 3110arthotel firenze.com