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Grand Rapids Will Have an Iconic Hotel to Go with its Iconic Art Museum

March 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM | by | ()

So an architect designs an art museum, the first in the world to earn LEED Gold Certification, then a few years later gets a new hotel gig across the street. That makes sense and it's nice work if you can get it. CWD Real Estate Investment, developer of the property in Downtown Grand Rapids in Michigan, is banking that it will make dollars and cents when its "hotel that kinda looks like a museum" opens in 2016.

The new 5-story hotel, as yet unnamed or branded, is being designed by Thai architect Kulupat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture, who now practices in the US. Yantrasast’s works have mostly been museums of which the neighboring Grand Rapids Art Museum made him a bit of an icon. CWD wants an equally iconic hotel and from the looks of the digital image above, their wish will come true.

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The 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington is Delayed But 'Not Dead'

September 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

We're total nerds for museum hotels and especially for the arty boutique chain 21c Museum Hotels (and their ceramic penguins) so we were quite looking forward to checking out their brand new Lexington, Kentucky property when it opened next year.

Well, looks like we will have to contain our excitement for just a little while longer, as opening date has been pushed back to 2015.

Speaking to the Lexington Herald-Leader, 21c's founder and CEO Steve Wilson said that the new hotel is has been delayed but is "definitely not dead."

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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 | ()

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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The Terracotta Warriors Are So Close, Mandarin Oriental Can Touch Them

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  Site Where: 222 Sansome Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94104
February 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

For all you Sinophiles out there, the acclaimed "China's Terracotta Warriors" exhibition has finally landed at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco this month. Featuring 120 life-size clay soldiers, out of the nearly 8,000 that were excavated from the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang, the relics are considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the ancient world.

Unsurprisingly, this was a perfect opportunity for Mandarin Oriental SF, which is located near the museum, to offer a "Terracotta Warrior" package. No, you don't get to cuddle up to the statues in your room, or enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner with one of them at the hotel's Brasserie S&P restaurant.

What the hotel wants you to do is simply get to the museum and spend an afternoon admiring the warriors—they are 2,000 years old, after all. The package starts at $545/night and, in addition to accommodation in the hotel's recently-renovated guest rooms, also offers special access to the exhibit with two VIP tickets and a catalogue with additional info on Emperor Qin Shihuang and his burial complex (ie, something to peruse while you lounge around your "room in the sky").

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Room 306 Balcony Opens At the Old Lorraine Motel in Memphis

Where: 450 Mulberry [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38103
November 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

On April 4 1968, Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated while standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. Since that day, the hotel has found new life as the National Civil Rights Museum, an impressive collection of photographs, videos and written accounts chronicling the history of the civil rights movement.

As historic hotels go, they don't come much more important than this place. And now the museum is adding to its repertoire.

Though room 306 has always been open to visitors (everything, from the furniture, curtains, carpet, rotary telephone and current newspaper, has been recreated to make the room look exactly the way it did when Dr. King stayed there), that was as far as they could go. Which is still quite a profound experience, given how much time Dr. King spent in that particular room (he was no stranger to the motel—in fact, room 306 was nicknamed the King-Abernathy Suite in his honor, after so many repeat stays).

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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 | ()

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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If the (Tasmanian) Devil’s In the Details, then Tasmania's MONA Pavilions Have Got It Right

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  Site Where: 665 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7011
May 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

Okay. We’re just going to say it. These accommodation Pavilions on the grounds of Australia’s largest private museum are sexy. As in sizzlin’.

First, there’s the museum itself. MONA (as in Museum of Old and New Art) is an edgy, subterranean gallery owned by multi-millionaire David Walsh, who is said to have gained his vast wealth through gambling. Four underground levels built into an old sandstone quarry contain a $110+-million USD collection including pieces by Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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A New 21C Museum Hotel Will Open in Cincinnati

November 5, 2009 at 8:44 AM | by | ()

The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville.

A reader in Ohio tipped us off last night about this excellent news for downtown Cincinnati--The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky will open its second hotel in the old Metropole Hotel next year. And in living up to the museum part of its name, the new hotel will play a huge role in the city's burgeoning contemporary art scene.

Here are some detes from the press release:

The new 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati will be located adjacent to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. 21c Museum Hotels is working with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation on the restoration, scheduled to begin next fall. The total expected cost for the project is $45 million.

21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati will offer 160 rooms, an 8,000 square-foot contemporary art museum open to the public free of charge, and a Proof restaurant and bar serving contemporary cuisine made with locally grown ingredients.

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It's Your Second Chance to Sleep in A Museum

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  Site Where: Hirschgasse 17, Linz, Austria
February 20, 2009 at 1:44 PM | by | ()

Did you miss your chance to stay in the hotel room installation inside of the Guggenheim? If you're headed to Linz, the third-largest city in Austria, anytime soon then you may have another shot at spending the night within a museum.

As Linz has been chosen as a European Capital of Culture for 2009, they are setting up to host a year's worth of art openings and cultural events and they intend the accomodations for the visitors to play into the experience. Enter the Pixelhotel, which is not a single building, but a consortium of converted rooms throughout the city. All designed differently and with unique histories, the Pixelhotel rooms are in former workshops, on houseboats, in old storefronts, and even situated at the center of art galleries.

This is the case for designer Thomas Feichtner's Pixelhotel room within Simone Feichtner Gallery in downtown Linz. An elevated, nest-like bed and angular furniture are not merely on display; they will be used by actual guests throughout the installation. Beginning at 87 Euro, it's beyond doable when if you remember that the Guggenheim room started from $549 a night. To specify which Pixelhotel you would like to book, you must call +43(0)650 743 79 53 or send an email to office@pixelhotel.at. If you'd rather be surprised, then book online at Tiscover.

[Images: DesignMilk]

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Guggenheim Hotel Guest Says it was a "Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience"

October 31, 2008 at 4:09 PM | by | ()

You may recall our story last week about the Guggenheim Museum's Carsten Höller installation that lets lucky folks spend a night in the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda in a revolving hotel room. Well, those folks lucky enough to be able to score a reservation (all of which are, sadly, gone now) and who are willing to part with 549+ bucks, anyway.

Like we said, the hotel room, created through a partnership with the Waldorf=Astoria Collection, works like this:

Revolving Hotel Room is an art installation comprising three outfitted, superimposed turning glass discs mounted onto a fourth disc that all turn harmoniously at a very slow speed. During the day the hotel room will be on view as part of the Guggenheim's theanyspacewhatever exhibition, which runs from October 24, 2008-January 7, 2009. At night, the art installation becomes an operative hotel room outfitted with luxury amenities.

Gothamist spoke with Alaina Browne of Serious Eats, who recently spent an evening in the revolving hotel room with her hubby.

The verdict? "Definitely worth the price tag."

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Museum Hotels: Guggenheim Wants You to Sleep With the Art

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  Site Where: 1071 Fifth Avenue [map], New York, ny, United States, 10128
October 20, 2008 at 1:45 PM | by | ()

One of our favorite art exhibitions of the last few years was at London's Tate Modern, when installation artist Carsten Höller built silver tube slides into the museum's atrium and actually allowed patrons to experience them.

Now that Carsten is scheduled to show in New York at The Guggenheim, what kind of fun interactive toy will us Yankees get?

Höller is installing a hotel room! Like London's slides, the room will be interactive, welcoming guests nightly through a partnership with the Waldorf=Astoria Collection. Although reservations just opened, sadly they are already sold out; we will just have to hope that some lucky sleeper thinks to video blog the experience. And what an experience:

Revolving Hotel Room is an art installation comprising three outfitted, superimposed turning glass discs mounted onto a fourth disc that all turn harmoniously at a very slow speed. During the day the hotel room will be on view as part of the Guggenheim's theanyspacewhatever exhibition, which runs from October 24, 2008-January 7, 2009. At night, the art installation becomes an operative hotel room outfitted with luxury amenities.

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