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Fancy A Night In A Hotel With Marilyn Monroe? Head To Florence

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  Site Where: Vicolo dell' Oro 5, Florence, Italy, 50123
July 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

OK, interactive holograms of deceased celebrities haven't quite made it into the repertoire of common hotel amenities. But how does this sound instead: a hotel lobby filled with original black-and-white pictures spanning the entire career of Hollywood's most photographed star?

That's what Florence's Gallery Hotel Art has planned for the rest of the summer, and they're throwing in a few extras to celebrate the exhibit, on display now. Like breakfast, a three-course dinner, room upgrade, and free entry to the Ferragamo museum.

Giving credence to the oft-quoted Marilyn Monroe maxim: "There's so much to smile about."

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Exactly What Does the Art Concierge at The Hazelton Hotel Do?

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  Site Where: 118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)


[Photo: The Hazelton Hotel / Cynthia Chapman artist]

The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto has an impressive contemporary art collection. So impressive, in fact, that the hotel was receiving inquiries from guests about it. Now what to do if you’re a hotel that prides itself on exceptional service and wants to fulfill a guest’s quest for art knowledge? You hire an art expert to satisfy the need.

The hotel’s art concierge is available through live chat to not only answer any questions you may have about the hotel’s extensive art collection, but to also offer insight into the many art dealers and galleries found in the Yorkville region where The Hazelton is located.

If you’re truly art hungry, you can meet the art concierge in person via an appointment to find out, say, what a particular artist was thinking when he or she painted the particular piece that’s hanging in your room, or to get the inside scoop on the happenings in the art world in one of Canada’s cultural centers.

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For the Sake of Hotel Art: Maumee Bay State Park Resort's Lighthouse Lens

July 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

What kind of art do you stick in your lobby if you're a Great Lakes resort perched near the entrance to a major harbor, with several famous lighthouses within easy driving (or boating) distance? Well, if you're the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, you don't just hang a giant painting of a stormy lighthouse scene; you take the entire lens of one and install that.

This is the original 1904 glass lens for the Toledo Lighthouse, made in Paris by Barbier and Bernard. Its beam of light was visible 16 miles around. Eventually it needed replacing and was removed in 1995, eventually ending up here at Maumee Bay in 2008. These days the lighthouse utilizes a lens made of plastic.

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5 Steps Around The Lobby At Parc 55 In San Francisco

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  Site Where: 5 Cyril Magnin Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
July 5, 2012 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

We once told you about the amazing views from an executive suite at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. But to be honest, there's some photo-worthy action going on downstairs too, in the hotel's gigantic lobby (that also doubled as our office for an afternoon).

From quaint seating areas like the one above to funky art and free internet, the lobby at Parc 55 is the perfect fun-filled hotel pit stop to break up your walking tour of San Francisco.

Click through our photo gallery below!

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Flame Flower Sculpture Caps Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter's $25 Million Transformation

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  Site Where: 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, California, 92101
June 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego has just completed a year-long property-wide renovation debuting the brand's new sleek look. And capping off the expensive revamp is the installation of the grand "Flame Flower" sculpture.

Westin's $250,000 40-foot sculpture Flame Flower, in artist-speak, evokes an organic floral utilizing woven stainless steel pieces. And it is large. Very large. The petals of Flame Flower range from eight to 40 feet. You can walk around it on the plaza or see it from the conference space and some of the 450 hotel rooms above.

In the daylight Flame Flower plays with the sun creating shadows. At night, expect colorful LED illumination to tickle the walls surrounding the sculpture.

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23m Above Ghent, It'll Be You, A Cozy Bed And A Great Big Clock

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  Site Where: Station Ghent-Sint-Pieters, Ghent, Belgium, 9000
June 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've all experienced the thrill of visiting an old-world European city, staying in a perfectly-situated hotel, and then going out during the day to discover all the city's sights and monuments. But what if you could bring those sights to you?

That's exactly what a new art-installation-cum-hotel-room in Ghent, Belgium is trying to do. Supported by a web of scaffolding on top of the city's train station, Hotel Ghent is a temporary one-room hotel that's been built around a clock tower.

As in, you better appreciate public monuments because once you check into this room, it's all clock, nothing but clock, all the time. The project was designed by artist Tazu Rous and is intended to make the visitor experience an iconic object in a new or "different" way. Yep, we'd say this is pretty different, alright...

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Inspiration Should Come Easy During Art Class At Hotel Guaycura

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  Site Where: Todos Santos , Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23300
June 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Setting your sights on Mexico for your next far-flung adventure? Consider making your way down to Baja California Sur for a stay at Hotel Guaycura in Todos Santos.

Situated about an hour's drive from La Paz, the small village is surrounded by beauty, and the hotel itself offers quite a few appealing features—secluded beaches, a sky lounge, pool, spa, just to name a few—but one in particular that will appeal to those who like to get a little creative in their off time.

Guaycura is the first hotel in Latin America to feature a fully-equipped art studio, and local artists are on hand to teach their craft to guests staying at the hotel. Which is a great way to soak up some of the local culture, as well as feel like you've actually "done" something while on vacation.

Not to mention you'll have something (far) more interesting than a t-shirt to bring home to friends and relatives as a souvenir...

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Another San Francisco Hotel Pays Tribute To The Golden Gate Bridge, This Time In Every Single Room

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  Site Where: 250 Beach St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94133
May 31, 2012 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this month, we told you about the Hotel Palomar's new Golden Gate Suite, which was specially designed to coincide with the bridge's 75th anniversary last weekend.

But there's another SF hotel catering to those who want to snuggle up to the iconic bridge while they sleep: Radisson Fisherman's Wharf just completed a multi-million dollar renovation, and as part of the new look, Golden Gate murals have been installed in every single room, sized perfectly to fit each different wall, and adding a burst of color behind each bed.

We poked around the hotel recently—click through to see the rest of the newly-renovated rooms!

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Art Series Hotels Launch Another Art Series, This Time With A Fake Warhol

May 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

In other (not so major) hotel news today, our favorite art-loving Aussie hotel brand, Art Series Hotels, has launched their newest promotion, "Which Warhol." Over the course of the next few months, guests will be presented with multiple Andy Warhol replicas hanging in the hallways, and among the fakes will be an original Warhol, valued at $20,000, which only the keenest of eyes will be able to pick out.

Whoever is actually able to figure out which Warhol is which gets to take it home!

We've always dreamed of hanging an actual Warhol in our bedroom, and never thought that would come about by visiting a hotel in Australia. But now that the possibility is out there...

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Something Sure Looks Familiar About The Gansevoort's New Artwork...

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  Site Where: 18 Ninth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
May 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

This photograph was shot two feet from where it sits now on the wall in Suite 1108

Another month, another NYC hotel unveiling a full-property renovation. This time, we were checking out the new look of The Gansevoort, its re-designed penthouse, and, more importantly, some cool new artwork in the rooms.

Photographer Deborah Anderson (if you haven't heard of her, you've certainly heard of her clients—George Clooney, Pink, Elton John, to name a few) was given the task of creating new artwork for the hotel, and she took her job title of "artist-in-residence" quite literally.

Over the course of two days in October, Anderson set up a photo shoot in two eleventh-floor suites, subtly weaving in elements from those rooms into the photographs themselves. As a result, certain pieces of furniture (curtains, couches, and—yes—toilets) have now been immortalized in the glamorous images guests find as they wander through the hotel.

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Kimpton Goes Desert Chic With The New Palomar Phoenix, Opening June 5

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  Site Where: 2 E Jefferson St [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85004
May 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (9)

Waaay, way back in 2009, we reported on an in-the-works project known as Hotel Palomar Phoenix, to be housed in a 34-story mixed use building known as CityScape. Well, that development took some twists and turns, but now the hotel is finally set to open on June 5 with starting rates of $149/night.

The Downtown Phoenix Journal is reporting that all 242 rooms will have a "desert-infused palette" of espresso brown, gray, beige and "pops" of orange, and its new GM, Jim Hollister, even compares the hotel's stark design to "that show Mad Men."

Although we personally don't let ourselves get too caught up in surface things like paint, wallpaper and fixtures unless the hotel has the goods to back them up. Which, like many Kimpton hotels before it, this one does.

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The Algonquin's New Artwork Wants You To Remember What Manhattan Used To Look Like

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  Site Where: 59 West 44th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
April 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last week, we showed you a look at the new guest rooms over at The Algonquin. Lots of changes will be coming to this hotel in the next few months—from the lobby to the revamped Oak Room to the guest rooms, the interiors will certainly have a 'fresher' feel when the doors re-open on May 24.

But, as anyone who's visited here knows, this place isn't all about modernity. So to keep things in perspective, the hotel has installed an exclusive series of black and white photographs in all the guest rooms, which depict Manhattan as it was in the first half of the twentieth century.

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