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Walking into the XVA Art Hotel, guests are hit with a refreshing change of scenery. A green neon light shaped like a fruit fly hangs over an armchair illustrated with a vintage movie still from the 1960s. Not exactly the kind of "furniture" you'd normally expect from a hotel in Dubai.
Giant crystal chandeliers, an army of see-through elevators, 5-ton boats hanging from the ceiling—yes, that's all standard fare in the City of Gold. But actual, imaginative, fun-to-look-at art? It's as if we'd stepped into another world.
...but it is art.
That piece, "Companion (Passing Through)" by KAWS, may be long gone, but the art series it began remains. This summer, The Standard is hosting another large-scale sculpture in the plaza, though this one will do without a head, thank you very much.
"Big Kastenmann" by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm is now on display and free to see all the way through November 2. This ensures that the Germany-forged, 18' tall, cast aluminum piece (whose title translates to "big box man") will be on display through fall's NY Fashion Week and the parties that typically overtake the hotel.
[Photo: The Standard]
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What did TripAdvisor rate "Trendiest Hotel of 2011?" This one: the Hotel New Republic in Singapore's Chinatown. Don't let that color your judgment however, since our recent stay proved that "trendy" here doesn't mean it's overcrowded, packed with scensters or cheap furniture to look "cool." Instead, the New Republic is a quiet 30-room design-focused hotel that has expertly renovated a historic Chinatown shophouse into a place we sincerely wish we had booked for more than one night.
To be completely honest, of all the hotels we've experienced in Singapore, the New Majestic is the first one we'd return to on our next trip. It is ideal for travelers who seek out unique spaces that reflect the spirit of the destination (ah hem, not a big chain hotel) and for those who desire to be outside of the business district, in the heart of culture. And maybe those who want a funky pool too.
Rooms at the New Majestic begin around $200 per night, which we paid. There really aren't any bad rooms, but we'd try for the second floor where each room has either a balcony or a patio, some of those patios with outdoor soaking bathtubs. It's details like thisand there are many of themthat give you a sense that the New Majestic is having fun...fun with design, fun with being in Chinatown and fun with having you there, doing things like taking an al fresco midnight bath by the light of a lantern.
Not that there's ever a shortage of things to look at in Panama, but at the new Tantalo Hotel in the city's historic district, guests will certainly have plenty to feast their senses on. Built inside an abandoned 1970s apartment building, the hotel features a two-story-high green wall filled with native flora, 13 rooms designed by different local artists, and the Encima Rooftop, which hosts a cocktail bar, live music, and yoga during the day.
The hotel is actually named after a Greek mythological character who, despite always being surrounded by the best food and wine, can never manage to eat or drink any of it. But don't worry, this place isn't about to let anyone starve. And we mean that in more than just the traditional sense—with so much cool local art strewn about the rooms, no guests will be lacking in inspiration.
And based on some images from the kitchen, they won't be suffering through bad meals either...
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Art aficionados staying at London's historic Savoy hotel have been experiencing a short lived treat this week: Monet's "Waterloo Bridge," sketched from Room 618, was recently returned to the Savoy over 100 years after it was first drawn. The room offers prime panoramic views of the Thames River, and Monet's creative interpretation of the scene has been on display at The Savoy Museum since December 13th.
Over in Melbourne, a trio of hotels known as the Art Series Hotels (The Blackman, The Olsen and The Cullen) are running a rather bizarre contest that rewards the burgling abilities of its guests. Which is probably something The Carlyle or The Ritz-Carlton wouldn't consider in a million years.
Hidden somewhere inside one of the buildings is an authentic Banksy painting titled "No Ball Games" (above). The guest who manages to find it, grab it, and of course, not get caught, gets to go home with the $15,000 prize.
The most important part? You gotta be cool. Among the contest's rules: each participant must "be a polite, respectful and sophisticated art crook."
Now that Wal-Mart heiress, Alice Walton, has opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art (it was her millions and her incredible art collection that got the museum off the ground), cultured visitors to the museum in Bentonville, Ark. are in need of an equally cultured place to stay.
The hotel will be located in the city's downtown arts corridor but Bentonville is a small town so the Crystal Bridges museum will still be walkable. The four-story contemporary style building will have 103 rooms, including suites, a fitness center and a sustainable restaurant. In fact, the whole building will be built and operated using green practices and sustainable materials. And of course, there will be art. Lots of it.
So, you've got the W South Beach and Warhol at the InterContinental in your Art Basel itinerary. What's next? Right this way, for some more hotel-hopping highlights during Miami's big, bombastic art fair-party...
Lords South Beach: 'Gay central headquarters for all the fabulous Basel boys and girls,' says a rep. We love that this bright spot on the beach never takes itself too seriously. Their Basel fun kicks off next Tuesday with a private party featuring Amanda Lepore in the penthouse. Wednesday is the Gayletter.com party and Thursday there'll be music by Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters for a poolside all-nighter. Sunday? That's Detox (or 'cocktails to retox'), baby.
UPDATE: The Gayletter.com party will happen on Friday, December 2. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
Some of last year's Basel-related public art, near the W South Beach and The Setai.
Last week, we gave you some hot hotel-Art Basel event dates to jot down in your calendar. Today, we look at where you might be able to sleep, after all that gallery-hopping and partying. Of course, if you haven't booked yet, your chances of snagging a sweet stay are slim. But here are our top picks from what's still available.
Intercontinental Hotel Miami: Yes, it's downtown, but don't forget, this is where you can hang with Andy Warhol (er, photos) and it's also close to some other downtown artsy hotel action, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and the Mandarin Oriental Miami.
How much? Expedia has a special rate of $299 a night.
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We never pictured Warhol as an InterContinental type (perhaps more of a Jane/Bowery/Gramercy Park Hotel denizen or even a St. Regis dude). But we were wrong because the superstar is checking into the Intercontinental Hotel Miami from November 30 through January 1.
Yep, we're following up yesterday's initial list of Art Basel Miami Beach hotel happenings with a standalone item today—because, well, it's Andy Warhol, people. And thanks to Andy, we're all of a sudden looking at the IC Miami through a much cooler lens.
The hotel has been a fixture downtown for 25 years and is on the receiving end of some new renovations.
And we don't mean Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, either. We're talking, of course, about Art Basel Miami Beach.
The bustling art fair and all its satellite events, exhibitions and packed-to-the-rafters parties takes place December 1–4, although the fun begins a few days before that, with the glam gallerist gang getting into town right after Turkey Day weekend.
As always, hotels are a hot-bed of Basel activity. This isn't the definitive guide, as venues are still finalizing their event deets, but here's a sampling of what's happening. We'll have more info on Basel happenings soon--as well as a last-minute room-rate check for the late-to-the-party art fans among you.
Look familiar? Yep. The concrete tube hotel phenomenon strikes yet again, this time in Germany and Austria.
Though there are lots of small details that are making us fall deeply in love with this "hotel" and its amenities, we feel this tagline on the website sums things up pretty well:
"dasparkhotel would like to offer a temporary comfortable uncomplicated home for a certain time."
Gee, thanks, dasparkhotel. Read on below to see inside one of the pimped-out drain pipes!