Arts and Culture

Art(ist) History

Follow in the footsteps of some of history's most famous artists who lived and worked in Europe's vibrant cities, home to these Leading Hotels of the World.
GO SURREAL…
and visit the multi-disciplinary musée honoring René Magritte, a short walk from this colorful Rocco Forte hotel.
INSTALL…
yourself in the birthplace of the contemporary installation artist, Olafur Eliasson, and stay in this grand hotel across the street from where he trained, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
GAZE…
at Gerhard Richter's famed modern take on a stained glass window in the Cologne Cathedral and then relax at this Schloss hotel to the east of the city.
STUDY…
the importance of the artist movement Der Blaue Reiter, which was started by Wassily Kandinsky in this German city, and stay at this hotel with guest rooms that feature murals on the walls and ...
PONDER…
the majestic and magical Parthenon from this uber-cool Athens hotel that features views of the Acropolis.
SEE…
Francis Bacon's studio, which was moved posthumously from London to his hometown of Dublin, and stay in this contemporary hotel on Grand Canal Square.
EXPERIENCE…
life as a great art patron and check into this Florentine hotel with lush, green grounds and a swimming pool.
VISIT…
Madrid's Golden Triangle of museums, which includes the Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and stay at this grand, centrally located hotel.
CHANNEL…
such famed painters as James McNeill Whistler and lauded authors like Oscar Wilde in the Piccadilly hotel they frequented.
BRING…
your own set of watercolors to capture the stunning view from this Lake Como iconic property.
The legacy of opera is as fascinating as it is lengthy. First established in the 16th century in Italy, opera quickly spread throughout western Europe and inspired different countries to develop their own styles and build exquisite opera houses. These Leading Hotels are set in cities that have seen the evolution of this most melodious art form.

Grand Hotel Wien

Vienna, Austria

Centrally located one block from the State Opera on buzzing Ringstrasse, the Grand Hotel Wien exudes traditional Viennese elegance. The Belle Époque hotel opened in 1870 to much fanfare, drawing the glitterati of Viennese society. Its grand reputation was cemented in 1894 when Johann Strauss took the stage during his golden jubilee celebration. Today, the hotel remains as vibrant as it was during the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The classically decorated guest rooms have silk-covered walls and antique furnishings. Dining options include Austrian, Japanese and French. Award-winning Le Ciel has panoramic views from its 7th-floor terrace. During the warmer months, the terraces of the Schanigarten are an ideal venue for Viennese coffee, Gugelhupf and people-watching.

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Carlton Hotel Baglioni Milan

Milan, Italy

Situated on the pedestrian-only Via della Spiga, Milan’s fashion avenue, the Carlton Hotel Baglioni boasts one of the town’s elite addresses. Having undergone a serious renovation, the boutique property is filled with original art, rich brocade fabrics and one-of-a-kind furnishings, offering guests a refined hideaway in the center of the action. Less than fifty years old, the classically styled mansion was built atop the original center point of Milan’s canal system, and it remains a focal meeting place, thanks in part to its popular restaurants, the Baretto al Baglioni and the English-styled Terrazza and Caffè Baglioni, which overlooks the interior garden. The property recently added a spa, Spiga 8, for beauty treatments designed by Laura Elos and individualized physical-fitness programs.

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The Lowell

New York, United States

The Lowell was originally built as an apartment hotel in the 1920’s, and today travelers return for the property's legendary home-away-from-home feel. Though the stately townhouse is located in the heart of Manhattan’s storied Upper East Side, a block from upscale Madison Avenue boutiques and Park Avenue penthouses, it feels removed from the bustle, on a quiet residential side street. Interior designer Michael S. Smith (President Obama's designer of choice) created interiors striking for their understated colors, elegant silk drapes and rich mahogany furniture. Many of the rooms feature terraces, kitchenettes and wood-burning fireplaces, in sync with the pied-à-terre theme. The well-trained staff is accustomed to a high-profile clientele and will quietly and efficiently procure or arrange anything.

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For those who could use a break from the sun- and rosé-filled summer days on the French Riviera, there is a host of museums to visit in the region (and in the shade). Institutions range from those showcasing works by French and ex-pat artists who loved the area to patrons’ collections acquired in their palatial chateaux. Leading Hotels in the South of France are the ideal hubs for exploring.

Le Negresco

Nice, France

Many hotels claim to have a world-class art collection but in the case of the stunning Le Negresco, it is utterly true—and then some. Works by Moretti, Dalí and sculptress Niki de Saint-Phalle are strikingly mixed in with the interiors’ rare antiques and historical paintings. Owner Jeanne Augier is an art connoisseur who amassed a museum-worthy collection here (the Negresco has been family-owned for more than fifty years). The striking pink-andwhite building itself, complete with a domed tower, is a National Historic Monument and faces the Bay of Angels. The most sumptuous suites have balconies overlooking the sparkling sea, but all showcase Madame Augier’s exquisite taste. Guests inspired by the art here can visit such nearby museums as Musée Matisse and Musée National Marc Chagall.

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Leading Spa Leading Golf Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

Tourrettes, France

In Provence, close to Cannes and the French Riviera, Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, a five star property ranked amongst the world's best hotel resorts, offers the finest in luxury, serenity, sport and well being.

The exclusive domain of 750 acres, nestled in the hills overlooking the valley, is designed as a charming Provencal village with magnificent views of medieval villages, lush surrounding landscape and mountains. The hotel features luxurious and spacious suites and villas, connected by meandering garden walkways, offer a living room, a separate bedroom, large bathroom, private terrace and some of the villas have a private Jacuzzi or pool.

Like its own village, Terre Blanche has been built in a predominant Provencal style, with several contemporary touches. Works of art are displayed throughout the property, enhancing original sculptures and paintings from the Owner's private modern art collection.

Terre Blanche has recently joined the distinctive European Tour Destination world class venues, offering the best golf experience in the world.

Terre Blanche is a land of inspiration... Indulge in a truly unique wild and pure nature environment with outstanding service and amenities in order to enjoy a memorable stay at Terre Blanche, a real haven of peace and tranquility.

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Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

The French Riviera is home to one of the world's most iconic resorts: the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat has occupied an enviable place between Nice and Monaco since 1908. It is surrounded by seventeen acres of gardens, updated by renowned landscape artist Jean Mus, and boasts some of the region's best views. Interiors are elegant and understated, with cream-and-white marble and the occasional touch of color: a Murano glass chandelier here, a vibrant tapestry there. The Residence Wing features suites with massive glass-paneled sliding doors that open onto terraces and private plunge pools. Past and future co-exist, especially in such details as the glass funicular, which sweeps guests from the hotel to the beach Club Dauphin and its Olympic-sized infinity pool.

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