Three Great Art Hotels

Inspiring stays in Dublin, Toronto and New York City 

Four Seasons Toronto/Photo by Brandon Barre

Art-obsessed? The following three properties offer fun, fascinating and comprehensive art experiences that make every room—and every corner—worth exploring.

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Comprised of four Georgian townhouses, The Merrion offers one of Ireland’s fanciest stays thanks to its classic decor, interior garden and two-Michelin-star restaurant. It’s also home to countless 19th- and 20th-century Irish paintings that make up one of Ireland’s most significant fine art collections. The hotel celebrates this artsy distinction by partnering with a guide from the National Gallery of Ireland to escort guests on tours of the property. Afternoon tea, meanwhile, includes pastries that reflect the on-site art. For example, Pauline Bewick’s Tahitian scene in Path Moorea is represented via lime and white chocolate Chantilly, dark and vanilla chocolate cream and chocolate palm trees. 

Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

Four Seasons relocated its flagship property in 2012 with the opening of a 259-room high-rise in Yorkville. The interior palette of light wood and beige textiles provides a sleek backdrop to more than 1,700 showy art pieces that decorate the hotel, all by Canadians and curated by art consultant James Robertson. The lobby, for instance, houses large-scale wood and porcelain dandelion sculptures, hanging above reception, by Torontonian Alissa Coe. Meanwhile, the 24-hour gym and the 2,787-square-metre spa (the largest in the city, with 17 spacious treatment rooms) are dressed up in a stunning installation of gilded porcelain coral by Quebec artist Pascale Girardin. 

The Renwick Hotel, New York City

This months-old crash pad, conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal, was previously a 1920s long-stay hotel for travelling intellectuals, artists and writers. To pay homage to this history, The Renwick has named its 33 suites after famous literary figures, including some who stayed in the building, like F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck. In addition, the chic, design-forward rooms were injected with artsie flourishes, including do-not-disturb signs shaped like paintbrushes, window blinds hand-painted with the New York skyline and an origami kit that hangs by every desk. The lobby is equally dynamic with creative details, including a jumble of light fixtures and a mixed-media mural by Brooklyn-born artist Gregory Siff.