In a way, there’s art in everything, most people just don’t happen to see it. Those ravishing bits of it—the ones that hide in plain sight—are reserved just for those who truly appreciate the beauty.
If you appreciate the beauty of art, your stay in a magnificent boutique hotel in New York City will astound you. It’s just as good as (and maybe better than) visiting an art gallery. When you’re ready to experience something spectacular, book a stay at any one of these five spots.
La Maison d’Art
La Maison d’Art is an alluring private guesthouse in a Harlem brownstone that doubles as a performance space and art gallery. The minimal yet refined decor in each of the lofts is distinct. Every item in the room, you notice, could be considered works of art—from the tables to the duvet—as everything appears perfectly curated. It’s like you’re in the Vermont cabin of a true culture enthusiast. You may not know any of the artists featured, but you uncover some of New York’s most talented, undiscovered artists during your first night here.
A stay at The Surrey makes you feel like you’ve time-traveled back to London circa 1950. The unmistakable British charm of this boutique hotel reminds you that some luxuries are deserved (and that this is one of them). Once you walk into the lightly decorated entrance, you head straight to the hotel’s art collection, and you bask in the photographs and tapestries on display. Located just six blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not only are you surrounded by exquisite works of art, but you’re just minutes from one of the world’s greatest collections.
Gramercy Park Hotel
The Gramercy Park Hotel is where luxury and art intersect. It ranks as having one of the most prestigious collections of contemporary art in the whole nation, showcasing works from Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, and Richard Prince. At Gramercy Park, you’re never more than a pencil’s length away from the finest art in all the city. After a day exploring the city’s many exhibits and galleries, you sit down to relax in a plush, old-fashioned chair, as glistening flecks from the fireplace illuminate the art in the lobby. You return to your room for a rejuvenating nap, surrounded by walls of photographs and a warm, colorful blanket.
For the true artist experience, The Quin wins. With a captivating amalgamation of culture, art, fashion, and music, at The Quin, you don’t go to the art . . . it comes to you. Located in Midtown Manhattan, this pet-friendly boutique hotel has hosted Marc Chagall and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as countless other artists from around the world, and invited them to create their masterpieces on-site. After a few days, you even find what looks like a Banksy—Blek le Rat, one of the mysterious artist’s largest influences and the father of stencil graffiti, is the current artist in residence.
The Chambers Hotel
The Chambers Hotel does more than display art (although it definitely does that, too). Its coalescence of life and travel is an art in itself. The Chambers is more than a boutique hotel: it’s a first-rate gallery featuring some of the finest works in the city. You’re wowed by more than 500 pieces of art throughout your stay. This hand-selected collection is home to expressive pieces by John Waters, Katharina Grosse, and Bill Fick. While the art on display varies, your room is strictly modern. Once you’ve walked around the city all day, you opt to luxuriate in your cozy room, embraced by simple furniture and block colors.