To welcome the stunning Artist Residence London to our collection of quirky boutique stays, we’ve rounded up a selection of boutique hotels with an art-themed aesthetic. From Brazilian sculpture walks to eccentric Cotswold boltholes full of vivid canvases, these spots are ideal for the artistically inclined.
Though subtler than sister hotel Artist Residence Cornwall, the latest addition to the Artist Residence collective offers a trendy foray into the world of innovative design. From the original Eine artworks and vintage inspired bathrooms to the beautiful bespoke beds, everything is finished with a creative flair. Even the cocktails in the basement bar (we enjoyed an elixir of Peking duck whiskey, celery bitters and avocado lemonade) employ a dazzling level of artistry. On top of that, Southbank’s buzzing cultural centre is a short tube ride away.
As well as having walls adorned with art (much of it for sale), this 1850s farmhouse comes with its very own sculpture trail. Walkers can pass 10 angular timber works placed in the surrounding hills by New-York-based Belarussian sculptor Pasha Ra. It’s a beautiful and meditative way to explore the countryside with its mountains, lakes and coffee plantations. In fact, the whole hotel maintains an atmosphere of calm thanks to its wonderfully peaceful isolation at the centre of a 450ha estate.
While some hotels are content to hang art on their walls, this large Berlin hotel has turned its rooms into the exhibits. All have been designed by artists (a portion of the cost goes to their royalties), but that’s where the similarities between them end. You can choose to sleep in a pseudo aircraft cabin, or an oversized bed designed with a nod towards Alice in Wonderland. Or perhaps you’d prefer a reference to an artistic great with a stay in the Edward Hopper or Van Gogh tribute rooms?
Gary and Nicky, the exuberant owners of Oak House No 1, have stayed true to form in their design of this Cotswold B&B. An eclectic selection of modern art (much of it by famous artists) means this isn’t your typical Gloucestershire stay, but it’s certainly a memorable one. We love it for injecting a cosmopolitan vibe into its stunning rural setting, but you needn’t take our word for it: it’s popular among A-listers, and Esquire magazine has named it ‘Best art hotel in the UK’.
This hacienda-style guesthouse with a wraparound veranda is a delightful example of the Mexican highlands’ colonial architecture and imaginative heart. After being taken over by artist owners Gemma and Didier in 2004, it has become a creative hub featuring wonderful arts and crafts, as well and hosting music concerts in the music room or on the veranda. Guests have frequently mentioned the fantastic collection of works, which range from funky Mexican dolls to an exquisite carving of the Virgin and Child, but the real triumph is the wonderful renovation of this beautiful listed house.