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Funky Friday: The Room With the Dragon Tattoo at the Park Hotel Tokyo

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  Site Where: Shiodome Media Tower 1 -7-1, Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku 105-7227, Tokyo, Japan
March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Tokyo’s Park Hotel is kicking up its artwork a notch while integrating Japanese culture into the guest experience--one room at a time. Their new program, “Artist in Hotel,” aims to transform 31 guest rooms over the next three years, all designed by Japanese artists. Ultimately, all the new rooms will encompass one full floor of the hotel with each featuring original wall paintings or other decorative art that inspired an artist while staying at the hotel. Rent the entire floor and you can have your own artist-inspired block party.

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Sweden's ICEHOTEL Opens for the 24th Year

December 18, 2013 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

The original ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, 120 miles above the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden has just reopened (in -31F temperatures) for its 24th year. As happens every year, artists from around the world are invited to design the hotel's 13 suites. They each spent about a month on their suites and here's what they came up with.

Last year Christian Strömqvist and Karl-Johan Ekeroth of PINPIN Studios designed a room with a Star Trek theme; this year's creation is (what they describe as)

"a Frankenstein-esque art suite titled It’s Alive! They welcome you into the laboratory of a crazy scientist, complete with mysterious gadgets, huge tesla coils, a hatch in the ceiling and a bed where the monster can come alive...a visually exiting scenography and lets the visitors decide for themselves if they want to play the part of the monster or of the scientist. In this room, a quite scary story is turned into a humoristic and positive, yet thrilling, experience ... Just like Dr Frankenstein created life from dead materials with the help of lightning."

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Park Hyatt Up Their Art Cred, Launch a Magazine

November 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before, hotel magazines are back! Now, just in time for Art Basel Miami, Park Hyatt have just launched an online contemporary art magazine named ARTPHAIRE -- yes, that's a 'PH;" for Park Hyatt of course.

Developed in conjunction with BOND Strategy & Influence, ARTPHAIRE launched last week and features a guide to fall's artist retrospectives and upcoming auctions; a Q&A with Anne Pasternak, a profile of Yayoi Kusama, many beautiful high resolution images, and a whole lot of Top 10 lists.

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6 Artsy Hotel Restaurants For A Dose of Fine Fare and Culture

October 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most high-end hotels take great care in creating impressive dining spaces, often luring in celebrity chefs and extra business along the way. But lately we have noticed a solid restaurant scene isn't always enough to draw in some extra business and hotels are going to greater lengths to bring in dollars, from opening up their pools so patrons can enjoy the sun and a cocktail, to installing full-blown art installations. Some hotels have taken to blending art and dining and the results certainly make for an eye-catching environment. Take a look at these six hotel restaurants where diners can take in both a five-star meal along with a helping of art and design:

1. The Bazaar by Jose Andres, SLS Beverly Hills

SBE as a whole is an artsy and progressive name when it comes to hospitality and dining, working with big names to produce memorable venues like Katsuya and the SLS-branded hotels. The Bazaar by Jose Andres in Los Angeles is no exception with an eclectic design created, like most of their projects, by master Parisian designer of interiors Philippe Starck. Filled with seemingly random artistic pieces and a rainbow of colors, The Bazaar is anything but boring with a practically exhaustive small bites menu to match with everything from classic dishes to creations made using molecular gastronomy.

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A Museum with Rooms on Japan's Naoshima Island

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  Site Where: Gotanji, Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan, 7613110
August 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Plenty of hotels are upping the ante in terms of in-house art collections -- think the Basquiats, Botero and Warhols decorating the walls of New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel -- but how would you like to sleep inside an actual museum? We’re not talking about a Night at the Museum-style slumber party, but a place where the hotel rooms form part of the museum itself.

The concrete, minimalist Tadao Ando-designed Hotel Benesse House, located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, is a combined museum/hotel that is the centerpiece of the Benesse Corporation's art facilities on this fishing community turned 'art island.'

Around twenty years ago, Naoshima, which was facing an aging population, declining birthrate and disappearing industry, caught the attention of the art-loving billionaire chairman of the Benesse Corporation, Soichiro Fukutake. Fukutake’s donations opened art galleries and installations (including the museum/hotel in 1992) that helped to revitalize the island’s economy by turning it into a contemporary art center. Naoshima, along with the surrounding islands of the Japanese Inland Sea, is currently hosting the Setouchi Art Triennal, an international art festival that takes place over three cycles every three years (the current cycle runs from July 20th through September 1st).

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Exhibit A: Vancouver Art Gallery’s Grand Hotel Exhibit

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  Site Where: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 0B9
May 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you consider yourself a true hotel nerd, pack your bags: You’re going to Vancouver! The Vancouver Art Gallery has an installation so perfect it ain’t even funny. It’s called Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life (on until September 15) and it’s broken out into four themes: Travel, Social, Cultural and Design (see our full-blown review of the exhibit on sister site, Jaunted).

Not to get too arty on you, but here’s our take on how these themes play out in real life using the fine Fairmont Pacific Rim as our specimen.

Travel: Yes, travel can be getting from Point A to Point B but the underlying driver for most is adventure and escape.

Everything about the Fairmont Pacific Rim says “escape,” particularly the amazing Willow Stream Spa with its outdoor sun deck, where you can hang out with your pampered peeps around heating lamps and fireplaces, or in the whirlpools with flat-screen TVs above you to catch your favorite show.

Social: Hotels are social hubs full of interpersonal machinations.

We told you about the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s hot-spot Lobby Lounge earlier this week, but then there’s their Oru Restaurant or their hopping giovane café: coffee bar by day (reputed to have the best in the city) and wine bar by night. To say these spots are popular with locals and guests would be the understatement of the day. Social hubs? Absolutely!

Stay with us -- two more themes to go!

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Is The Casati Budapest's Coolest Hotel?

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  Site Where: Paulay Ede utca 31, Budapest, Hungary
May 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

While researching hotels in the Hungarian capital this past January, we came across the usual brands (InterContinental, Four Seasons, Autograph Collection). But amidst all the grand palaces and five-star spas, there was one small boutique hotel we simply couldn't pass over: the Casati Budapest Hotel.

The 25-room hotel is housed in an 18th century building in the center of the city, right near the Opera metro stop, making it perfect for tourists. In fact, the address is so central that, after arriving from the airport via taxi on our first night, we did most of our sightseeing on foot directly from the hotel.

But location and a cool name aren't all this hotel has to offer. You see, the rooms here are divided into four different themes, ranging from Classic to Cool to Natural to Heaven. Naturally, we chose 'Cool.'

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Frankfurt Artist Recreates His Neighborhood Bar At Hôtel Americano

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  Site Where: 518 W 27th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001-5505
May 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we first uploaded the above photo into our story, we worried that it was upside down*; then we realized it actually didn't matter because disoriented, confused, and slightly dizzy is exactly how you're supposed to feel at Bar Oppenheimer, a new pop-up bar that debuted this week inside Hôtel Americano.

Bar Oppenheimer is located in the basement of the hotel via a narrow cement staircase behind the hostess stand in the lobby. There's no sign, no big door with a velvet rope, not even a hint of the bar's presence anywhere in the hotel.

(However, that may be a good thing because when you eventually find it—as we did, after five minutes spent aimlessly wandering down hallways and opening emergency exit doors—you feel like you've stumbled into a secret room that no one else in the hotel knows about.)

The truth is that lots of people in New York know about this place. It was designed by Frankfurt-based artist Tobias Rehberger, who felt a desire to recreate his neighborhood bar in Germany, also called Bar Oppenheimer, in the basement of a Manhattan boutique hotel. Cool, right?

For more photos of the triply black-and-white striped bar, read on!

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This Colorful Aussie Hotel Room Is An Artist's Palette On Steroids

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  Site Where: 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3002
March 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks to Melbourne-based artist, Matthew Bird, we can now rethink the image we have in our heads as we slide our key-card into a new hotel-room's door. He's created an art installation piece at the city's Hilton on the Park called "Hotel Otherworldly" that reworks an existing hotel room into a fabulous piece of art.

Housed in a fairly non-descript, brown brick building with no balconies, or character for that matter, this artistic hotel room is tucked away amongst business travelers and tourists unknown they might be sleeping next to a piece of art. A design that is as loud as a tornado, maintains the wallflower persona by being purely art.

One of the typical Hilton king guest suites has been transformed into a space where everything installed offers a regional reference to Australia, from flora and fauna to history and culture. A gold slap in the face for the region's gold rush days, art featuring crocodiles and royal blue to signify the history as a British colony all play a significant role in creating not only an over-the-top piece of art, but a reflection of the local culture.

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Costa Rica's Best Kept Secret: Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge

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  Site Where: Prospero Fernández Highway, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
February 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

On the same trip that took us to Costa Rica's sexiest new sustainable hotel back in October, we ended up acquiring a nasty bout of food poisoning (no, not from said sexy hotel, mind you!) a couple days before our flight home. When we stumbled upon San Jose's Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge & Spa, we knew we'd found the perfect spot to recoup. Sure, maybe it was all the antibiotics and electrolytes the local farmacia prescribed. But seriously, one night in this place and it was a miracle. We were cured!

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Self Check-In Is Minimal Hassle At Adelaide's Minima Hotel

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  Site Where: 146 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 5006
January 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Calling all artists...and art lovers...and thrifty travelers. Have we got the property for you. Minima Hotel in the South Australian city of Adelaide

The city's first self check-in hotel and serves up some modern and contemporary design by featuring local artists' works. We're not talking about a few pieces of art on the lobby or in the rooms, more like using the room as the entire canvas. Every year, 12 of the 46 rooms are white-washed for 12 new artists to go and throw a splash of color in the room by painting the primary wall.

Currently, the rooms are pretty basic and on an economy scale. Although they are light on the amenities and design, come April all the rooms should be completed by a local artist. The final goal is to have all rooms painted in a different theme. Since the bookings are done online or on the lobby kiosk, guests that want a bit more paint will need to call the hotel group to check availability.

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Yellow Penguins! Naked Statues! Inside Cincinnati's New 21c Museum Hotel

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  Site Where: 609 Walnut Street [map], Cincinnati, OH, United States, 45202
December 3, 2012 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (3)

Fresh off last week's ribbon cutting, we buzzed by Cincinnati's new 21c Museum Hotel on its first Saturday in business for a quick tour. Our visit was so fresh, in fact, the paint literally hadn't even dried yet (we saw a guy running around spot-touching the walls).

When we arrived at 5 o'clock the hotel was booked solid and curious passerby were parading in, some having just caught "The Nutcracker" matinee at the performing arts theater across the street. Or checked out the latest exhibits at next door's sprawling Contemporary Arts Center (designed by Zaha Hadid). Or just pounded few brewskies at Toby Keith's bar around the corner.

In other words, the location's choice and the masses welcome! 24/7, in fact. The 10-floor, 156-room property, just like its Louisville sibling, doubles as a contemporary art gallery whose exhibition spaces are free for anyone to peruse, any day, at any time.

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