New York City is one of the most exciting places in the world. It is where many people with big dreams go to try out their luck, and hardly anyone ever stays indifferent to its unique spirit. The Big Apple is also heaven when it comes to art - it is home to some of the world’s most important museums and for centuries, it has been an inspiration to artists who wanted to make something out of their lives through art. After our lists of 10 Urban Art Hotels and 10 Contemporary Art Hotels You Should Know took you on a virtual hotel tour around the world, we now focus on art hotels who offer the very best rooms, restaurants and artworks, and are located in the city that never sleeps. Scroll down and enjoy!
The Gild Hall hotel, a Thompson hotel, is located in the historic Financial District of New York City, and as such it represents a true hub of technology, music, film and finance. Its charm lies in the perfect blend of wood and leather, set in a candlelit ambiance and an artistic mood, and some of the best luxurious rooms. The New York facility on 15 Gold Street is one of the hotels in the chain, others being in Chicago, Toronto, Miami Beach, Tribeca and Belgraves. Many reviews called it an ideal place for social and corporate events in Lower Manhattan.
On 107 Rivington Street in New York there is, of course, the Hotel On Rivington. Close to SoHo, The Bowery, East Village and the World Trade Center’s iconic Freedom Tower, the hotel can brag with a great view of the city and very luxurious and spacious rooms. It was created by several renowned designers, including Piero Lissoni and India Mahdavi. Its open-air rooftop conveniently called The Penthouse, represents the peak of this glass construction which is perfect for all sorts of social events and gatherings.
Another Thompson hotel is located on 85 West Broadway in New York, under the name of Smyth. This luxurious boutique-hotel in the neighborhood of Tribeca is a meeting place of culture and history, dressed up in high style design. It is close to many art galleries and of course the Tribeca Film Festival venue. Their living room has been freshly re-designed by New York’s Gachot Studios, so if you ever wished for a stay there, now is the time. At their evening bar, you will have the chance to enjoy some of New York’s finest events.
If you wanted the very definition of an art hotel, here it is - the SoHo House. This private member’s club and hotel in New York City’s Meatpacking District is an enormous, exclusive facility offering the very best of rooms and contemporary art. The Sixth Floor club space was recently refurnished and now holds the latest addition to the Soho House Group’s modern art collection, with work from artists including Jenny Holzer, Lawrence Weiner, Rashid Johnson, KAWS and Taryn Simon. No big deal, they are just keeping up their reputation.
One of New York City landmarks, the Carlyle Hotel is a Rosewood hotel located on 35 East 76th street. Since it was built in 1930, the hotel's rooms were a temporary home to many celebrities, including every US president since Harry Truman and the royalties from Spain, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It was designed by the noted architectural firm Bien & Prince and named in honor of British essayist Thomas Carlyle. Within the facility there are a few galleries, as well as designer boutiques, antique stores and a great restaurant.
Throughout the lobby and the rooms of New York City’s The James Hotel, you can find curated pieces of art. Aside from this, the hotel also organizes some of the best original events and live performances from museums exhibits to film screenings. In collaboration with acclaimed curator and Grey Area co-founder Kyle DeWoody, The James has commissioned Brooklyn-based artist Paul Wackers to create an original public art mural for the New York hotel’s 6th Avenue façade. This endeavor is only one of the projects of #JamesPublicArt initiative, created by The James Hotel.
The Marlton Hotel in New York City is quite famous for being an affordable place for actors, artists and other creatives. Some of the names who were guests in the hotel’s luxurious rooms are Jack Kerouac, Valerie Solanas, Julie Andrews and Mickey Rourke. The building, previously a procession of piercing parlors, poster stores and shoe shops and formerly known as The Marlton House, was built in 1900, and in 2012 it was restored by Sean MacPherson, who co-owns the Bowery, the Maritime and the Jane, some of the best locations in the city.
On the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue in New York there is a landmark building where The Mark Hotel is located. Combining tradition with modernity, the five-star facility oozes with French avant-garde design, American comfort and the newest technology. It is situated in one of Manhattan’s most exclusive neighborhoods, surrounded by New York City’s premier museums, retailers and restaurants, and the splendor of Central Park.
One of New York City’s most luxurious hotels is The Peninsula Hotel, a part of The Peninsula Group located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. The quality of their service and spacious rooms is confirmed by the AAA Five Diamond Award, which the facility has been getting for thirteen consecutive years. The three-restaurant hotel is situated within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums and exciting Broadway theatres.
Last, but most definitely not the least, is the Standard High Line Hotel. With facilities in Los Angeles, New York City and Miami, it is one of the best art hotels in the world. For example, China’s “invisible man”, Liu Bolin, did a special commissioned project at the hotel, immersing himself into the hotel’s luxurious ambient. Plus, they have the coolest rooms, the coolest website and they just launched their official hotel smartphone app, called One Night Standard. Oh, and their neighbors are the newly opened The Whitney Museum.