For the Sake of Hotel Art: Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis' Entire Gallery
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 placespecifically 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: Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis' Burnet Art Gallery.
Many months ago, a friend sent us a curious photo via text message. It was a picture of one of artist Damien Hirst's embalmed sharks, and our friend said that this piece resided at a hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's too bad we don't have the (low-quality) image anymore, but it's obvious from this piece and the 250+ others they own, that Le Meridien Chambers was built to be on our list of Art Hotels.
In fact, the hotel likes to call itself "the country's first luxury art hotel," and in order to display the contemporary works of artfrom the collection of Ralph Burnet, the Chambers' ownerthe hotel has its own mini-gallery. Of course it's named the Burnet Gallery, but this stark space is not playing around. The specialty is the Young British Artist movement, including more works from Damien Hirst in addition to Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin.
The Chambers even encourages their guests to get out and discover Minneapolis' Walker Art Center but offering them free admission, so long as guests present the Chambers' artist-designed room key. Room rates for Le Meridian Chambers start around $250 a night.
[Photo: Le Meridien Chambers]