5 Stunning Art Hotels

November 22, 2014 12:06 AM

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Drab landscape paintings, sad still lifes, framed stock photos, garish lobby sculptures. Too often hotel art is amateurish and unconsidered—if not an outright affront to visual aesthetics. Not so at these five art hotels, featuring carefully curated, high-caliber works by both emerging and established talent. Here, art isn't merely decoration but a defining feature of each hotel's identity, so don't be surprised if, on the way to your room, you stumble upon an on-site gallery or jaw-dropping collection.

It's right there in the name: This boutique hotel, located in renovated 19th century tobacco and bourbon warehouses in downtown Louisville, is home to a 21st century contemporary art museum. Two art collectors and philanthropists opened 21c Museum Hotel in 2006, and since then, the free museum has e...

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