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For the Sake of Hotel Art: Images for Every Door at Seattle's Hotel Max

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September 28, 2010 at 2:56 PM | by | ()

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: Hotel Max Seattle's guest room doors.

When you check in at the Hotel Max, a boutique hotel which occupies the old Vance Hotel building, you're confronted with art from the very first minute. The lobby is filled with it, as the hotel showcases an impressive collection of some 350 original works of painting and photography, and even the room types have "art" in their names (ex: Solo Art, Queen of Art, Artist King). You're handed your key and you proceed to your room, and there again, you are hit with even more art, since each guest room door at the Hotel Max bares its own unique black and white still photograph.

These aren't just any old works done by whomever, either. They are from local Seattle artists, and the Hotel Max has 39 of them doing up the place to add a little character to the hotel experience. We stayed at the Hotel Max last year, and you can catch a peak of the doors in our video room tour here.

The door images above are by Roniq Bartanen (the two at left) and Paul Sundberg (at right). You can't request a specific room due to its door image as far as we know, but you can see them yourself. Rooms at the Hotel Max begin at $125 per night, and you get this makeshift art gallery thrown right in.

[Photos: Hotel Max/Daniels Intl]

Archived Comments:

Hotel art

Dear Hotel Chatter,

Thank you for bringing up this very interesting topic! Since launching Boutique Hotel Steinerwirt1493 in 2006, we have re-configured the hotel as an art space with bi-yearly exhibitions of contemporary artists. The concept of completely changing the art work every 6 months is particularly attractive to our returning guests. For more information, please visit our website, www.steinerwirt.com or send an email to office(at)steinerwirt.com. We would love to hear from you!

Best regards,
Johannes Schwaninger

Some pics of the artwork:

An overview of past exhibitions: