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A whirlwind journey through the world of hotels that are more than just a place to sleep, they're immersive art experiences. From exclusive galleries reserved solely for guests, to buildings adorned with collectibles worthy of a museum, or boutique hotels that showcase delightful artworks within their suites, this is the ultimate guide to hotels for art connoisseurs.

Artful Entrances at The Peninsula London

Your adventure begins the moment you step foot inside the artistic havens of the newly opened The Peninsula London. Bringing spectacular new style and luxury to the historic heart of Belgravia, the hotel is impeccably designed by Hopkins Architects to harmonise with surrounding heritage architecture, embodying a sleek, spacious aesthetic, the finest British craftsmanship and artistry, and is just steps away from Buckingham Palace, Knightsbridge and other iconic attractions.

The property centres around an expansive, off-street courtyard, landscaped by the celebrated designer Enzo Enea with climbing jasmine and wisteria vines, and two 120-year-old Japanese maples (the oldest trees of their kind in Europe). The quintessentially British aesthetic elements feature bespoke furnishings, textiles, and original artworks within the exquisite suites curated by the world-renowned architect and designer of interiors Peter Marino. Amenities are exclusively custom-crafted by acclaimed artists and creators – including fashion designer Jenny Packham, perfumier Timothy Han, and more than 40 artists from The Royal Drawing School – grace all the hotel’s public spaces, as well as its guest accommodations.

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A Florentine Dream at Hotel Savoy Florence

The Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, Via de Tornabuoni, nowhere has neighbours like Hotel Savoy. Filled with character, a breath of fresh air in a city steeped in history, comes in the art exhibition “A Florentine Dream”, a selection of works by Inna Morozova. A Russian cinematographer, painter and jewellery maker, Morozova on the occasion of this year’s World Dream Day, will create a selection of exclusive artworks using her beloved city Florence and the Hotel Savoy as main subjects. The city as classical as Florence with extensive history, culture, and heritage has inspired Inna to shift the art scene into a state of modernity with rule-breaking themes whilst still maintaining the time-honoured techniques that it’s so well known for. She finds that there’s an importance in showing both ugly and wonderful parts of life but chooses to show all of it through rich colours. This collision of history, renaissance and innovation will breathe new life into the city’s rich cultural heritage as well as the iconic Hotel Savoy this autumn as guests will be able admire her work scattered throughout the property and dive into a dreamlike dimension from 25 September to 25 October 2023.

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Island-Inspired Artisanal Adventure in Salt of Palmar

For travellers seeking transformative and restorative adventures, SALT of Palmar, the first Design Hotels’ Member Hotel in Mauritius with its bold design by Camille Walala is the perfect island getaway.

A gem just east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, this remote African island echoes with calls of exotic birds, fish, and tropical plants. With all these sights in mind, artist Camille Walala brought the essences of the island into the interior design concept with her signature bold pop colours, appearing everywhere across the property.

From the façade being painted peach with royal blue accents, to the daybeds a vibrant turquoise with orange piping each detail is curated to compliment the awe-inspiring sunsets, cobalt-blue skies, white sand and sapphire waters and the greens of surrounding palms. Camille also worked with an extraordinary range of local artisans, nicknamed the ‘SaltShakers,’ to craft custom furnishings, including woven poolside chairs, library rugs, mosaic tables, cushions, and sunbeds. Guests can even participate in workshops at these artisans’ ateliers. This artful and wellbeing-inspired resort connects modern explorers with meaningful travel experiences that take the culturally curious to local people – not just places, and into the very heartbeat of the destination.

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Rome Cavalieri, a Collector’s Dream

Discover the Eternal City from a different point of view. Situated among 15 acres of lush Mediterranean parklands, Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel sits high on Monte Mario overlooking the entire city, offering unbeatable views of the Vatican and the Eternal City gives guests the chance to rediscover their favourites: from hidden cultural landmarks to distinct regional tastes in ultra-luxury surrounds steeped in history. Designed and developed by the renowned architect, Ugo Luccichenti in collaboration with the legendary Pier Luigi Nervi, Rome Cavalieri is an example of 1960s modular architecture whilst the original interiors were entrusted to famed designer, Franco Albini who adopted a linear and minimalistic look that was in vogue during the 60s.

The hotel, while keeping its original structure, has over the decades been updated and enriched with opulent interiors, antiques, and a unique private art collection – the largest in Europe. Guests have the opportunity to create bespoke itineraries that include exceptional experiences such as exclusive visits to private Roman palaces, vintage Vespa tours through the picturesque streets of Trastevere or privileged access to the most sacred and revered sights of Rome. Step through a side entrance from the Vatican Museums to Saint Peter’s Basilica, passing the tombs of Saint Peter and holy Popes, gaining a view of Michelangelo’s Pietá and The Canopy by Bernini. Rome Cavilieri provides the stunning vantage point where one will fall in love with Roman culture through art and lose themselves between the rolling Roman rooftops and the architectural wonders of ancient Rome.

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A Contemporary Twist on Tradition at Conservatorium

A captivating setting in one of the most exciting cities for design, where vibrant elegance meets cultural richness, discover ‘Amsterdam’s Living Room’, Conservatorium. Adjacent to the cultural epicentre of the Museum Quarter and just steps away to some of the city’s crown jewels like the Van Gogh Museum, the Royal Concert Hall and Rijksmuseum, in this historically diverse corner of Amsterdam, art and culture intertwine. Conservatorium, an architectural masterpiece combines this landmark heritage building with graceful, contemporary design.

Since opening in 2011, the hotel has been regarded as a living canvas for Dutch designers with its guest rooms, hallways and restaurants showcasing home-grown talent. Design pervades every aspect of the hotel – with interiors by Piero Lissoni and featuring regular art exhibitions with local artists like the world-renowned art photographer Bastiaan Woudt and international artists like Jasper Krabbé, Marie Cécile Thijs as a part of their ‘Artist in Residence’ programme – Conservatorium continues to hold a central place in the capital’s art and design scene. Guests can fill their days discovering the city’s historic districts, soaking up cultural knowledge in world-renowned museums or take a peaceful boat trip along the famous 17th-century gabled houses dotting the grand canals.

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Sleep in Style at Hästens Sleep Spa

A unique, one-of-a-kind immersive journey that gives you the most invigorating night’s sleep you have ever experienced. Nestled in a city with over a thousand years of history, the quaint Portuguese city of Coimbra, directly next to the UNESCO-listed library Biblioteca Joanina, Hästens Sleep Spa offers guests the chance to spend the night on the world’s best bed with a customized pillow selection. Featuring fifteen unique rooms either overlooking the Mondego River or contemplating the hotel’s private garden: an elegant and luminous refuge, for body and mind. Inspired by the originality and literary richness of the Joanine Library, with its thousands of books and gold-adorned baroque furnishings, the room combines the classic charm of cultural heritage with modern style and elegance, where the supremacy of sleep prevails. In addition to providing guests with the opportunity to purchase a guided tour of the historic library and other exclusive experiences, which can be tailor made for one’s interests, each room is adorned with 1,200 hand-carved and gold-plated marble books spines. The books – which took 4 months and 18 people to create – have been engraved with titles from both Portuguese and international authors. The lobby is an inspiring gallery area, breath-taking in its fine handiwork. Lined with 419,992 small mosaic tiles arranged geometrically across the floor and walls, extending up to the ceiling in a representation of the extraordinary bookshelves and ornaments serves as another tribute to the Joanine Library. The Hästens Sleep SPA concept is the perfect fusion of history, luxury, comfort, and immaculate personalized service.

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