The hostel style of the Hotel des Arts does not draw customers with its luxury or amenities; instead, people come for the location and avant-garde art. No matter what is on your agenda, the hotel’s Bust Street location is steps away from Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, and the financial district. The lobby serves as a gallery for contemporary artists; a recent show included Brazilian artists such as Regis Silva and Vera Costa. Out of the 51 rooms, 36 are “painted” rooms, which have been completed by local artists. The Jet Martinez room is filled with lapis lazuli blue and gold-leaf plants, while whimsical fairy-like creatures populate the Kelly Tunstall room. Even the courtyard’s murals are filled with pudgy birds and scaly flowers.
Located in the French Quarter, the Hotel des Arts is at the crossroads of Union Square, the Financial District and the Chinatown Gate; perfectly situated for business or pleasure. The Hotel des Arts presents the contemporary work of local and international artists. The gallery is complemented by the neutral simplicity, modern lightings and clean lines of the hotel furnishings. The result is not simply art as a decoration, but art as an interactive experience. For the last year some of the world’s top emerging artists have been painting rooms with full artistic control.