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For the Sake of Hotel Art: Four Seasons DC's Andy Warhol

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August 20, 2010 at 9:11 AM | by | Comment (1)

Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the place—specifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.

Today: The Four Seasons Washington DC's Andy Warhol.

When you check into the Four Seasons on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington DC, you may expect a pretty sweet view of the White House, but you may be even more surprised to find that you're staying in a hotel with an art collection of over 1,600 pieces, including this rare "Indian Head Nickel" screen print trial proof by Andy Warhol. It was done in 1986, only a year before Warhol's death, and the style is typical Andy.

Chosen by Sarah Hall-Smith, Vice President of Art Consulting and Resources for Soho Myraid Gallery, specifically to compliment the contemporary design of the hotel, the "Indian Head Nickel" sits in the lobby nearby the entrance of the business center. It's hard to miss, and it's totally recognizable as a Warhol from a mile away.

To see it for yourself, and to enjoy some free morning coffee or tea next to it in the Four Seasons' lobby, the hotel is running a special for those interested in the finer arts. The “Patron of the Arts” package starts at $525 per night and includes a room, overnight parking and a pre-theater menu at Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK for guests heading off for an evening at the Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre or other DC arts venues.

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Fantastic Art Collection

I've been privileged to stay there in the past, and the Four Seasons DC really does have an amazing art collection in it.  It's one of those things that just gives it that extra edge over other luxury hotels.  If you're into art anyway!  

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