When staying with Radisson Blu in Sofia you don’t have to go far to find yourself immersed in the world of art. In fact, it starts in the hotel lobby. Read on to find out more about Sofia’s emerging art scene.
There is plenty to gaze at as you walk the decorated marble walls and monolithic spiral staircase of the hotel. Behind the bar, Jimi Hendrix gazes at you as you sit down to a refreshing drink. The piece, known as Mr Brainwash, is a wonderful mosaic of the musicians own records. The Ballroom entrance welcomes you with artworks from a private collection. A piece called the Homeless Man by Yinka Shonibare stands in the lobby. This was part of an exhibition in London to raise awareness for issues affecting homeless people. In place of the man’s head, is a black globe with a quote from the novel The Adventures of Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.
Other works include an interpretation of The Last Supper by Chinese artist Wang Nengtao and One Hour, by Bulgarian artist Pravdolyub Ivanov, which is a collection of 60 photographs. Look out for photographs of rock legends David Bowie and Keith Richards too, by Mark Seliger. With this eclectic mix on offer, and more, you will definitely find art to suit your taste.
When it is time to leave the hotel and venture out into the city, ask the hotel staff to guide you to the city’s top art spots. Here are our must-sees for art lovers:
Sofia City Art Gallery
This gem of a gallery may not appear to be much from the outside but is surrounded by some fascinating sculptures. Step inside and the interior quickly opens your eyes to the world of art. Founded in 1929, it was initially a place for local artists to exhibit their work. Today’s collection is a great representation of Bulgarian art dating back to the late 19th century up to the present day, through a series of paintings, sculptures, contemporary art and photography. The exhibitions change regularly so be sure to find out what is on while you are in the city.
A journey through Bulgarian art history
This former Bulgarian palace, the National Art Gallery, is impressive inside and out and is the country’s cultural heritage hub. Over 50,000 pieces are waiting for you to come along and browse. The galley displays the works of Bulgarian masters and temporary exhibitions by some of the world’s most famous artists, such as Picasso. You’ll be taken on a journey from the adoption of Christianity and the Roman Empire to the Liberation of Bulgaria during the Ottoman Empire, right up to today’s contemporary artworks. Make sure you also check out the library, which contains an impressive 6,500 publications.
The latest addition to the National Art Gallery, Square 500, opened in 2015. It is one of the most recent venues on the art scene housing over 42,000 items. This gallery combines Bulgaria’s art history with interesting pieces from Africa, Asia and Europe.
An international perspective
Located in another of Sofia’s historic buildings, the National Gallery for Foreign Art is housed in the former Royal Printing Office. Over 10,000 artifacts are displayed across four floors. Paintings, sculptures, graphic works and fine art from all corners of the earth make up 19 rooms of exhibitions.
Eat, sleep and breathe art at the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel, Sofia and then venture out to the city’s galleries and explore Bulgaria’s art heritage.
Hotel Unique São Paulo -a place where architecture, art, design, fashion, gastronomy, music and exquisite service.
Visually stunning architecture crafted by Ruy Ohtake. Elegant, contemporary design from João Armentano. Landscaping brought to life by Gilberto Elkis. Innovative gastronomy and drinks presented by Chef Emmanuel Bassoleil at spectacularly sexy Skye.
Hotel Unique is a living, breathing part of the city of São Paulo, a place where architecture, art, design, fashion, gastronomy, music and exquisite service are at the heart of a groundbreaking hotel culture that delights and inspires each of our guests.
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The Hotel Turk Art Hotel is located in Eminönü peninsula which called Old City that was the capital city for hundreds of years.
You will enjoy the mystic moments in this historical place where Otoman and Byzantian Empires carried on their lives alongside Oriental and Occidental cultures.
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Art Hotel Atelier sul Mare is a hotel-museum of contemporary art unique in the world, just few meters from a wonderful sea, in Castel di Tusa (ME), nearby Cefalù.
The hotel is situated in a territory full of culture and popular traditions. Inserted in a rare beauty sight, in a wonderful frame of an integral and magnetic nature, between a crystalline sea and the Nebrodi mounts, Atelier sul Mare is an ideal hotel for who wants to spend unforgettable vacations. A place of art, romantic and relaxant, for who wishes to regenerate spirituality in a magical and exclusive atmosphere.
Here the utopia lodges the dream of art.
The realization of 20 of the total 40 rooms of Atelier sul Mare has been given to international artists, with the result of unique art works. To enter and stay in these emotional spaces, mean living a new spiritual dimension, enjoying that happiness of existing that only the creativity of the art can donate. Antonio Presti, already creator of Fiumara d' Arte (the biggest open air park of sculptures in Europe), is the author of this unique reality where landscape, culture and art are merged in order to show and let living to the visitors of this beautiful land an unforgettable emotion: the art must be lived like a dream.
The dream of many people: to spend a night inside a museum to fall asleep within an art work. Antonio Presti, with his noble and further vision, has changed radically the idea of hotel room in order to deliver it to his utopia: "It’s only entering and living the room that the art work will be totally realized; the presence, the use of the room, will be integrating and fundamental part of it ".
Art Hotel Atelier sul mare is reported like an exclusive international center, a great container of contemporary art, an alive museum, where the guest-visitor doesn’t have a relationship with the contemplative art or distant anymore, but can live the art work in a pure emotional condition. A unique occasion in the world, that offers to the guests the possibility of a vacation in a hotel supplied of the most comfort, with the attendance of a specialized staff, in a familiar and comfortable climate. The originality and its creativity, offer the Art Hotel Atelier sul Mare like a place full of unrepeatable atmosphere, to be present in the most important international tourist guides such as the prestigious HIP Hotel.
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Located between the iconic Astrup Fearnley Museum, the canals on Tjuvholmen and the Oslofjord, most of our 118 rooms have brilliant views.
Timeless elegance with clear references to contemporary art and design is the common denominator for THIEF FURNISHING. International and Norwegian designers such as Antonio Citterio, Bruno Rainaldi, Tom Dixon, Anne Haavind and StokkeAustad are behind the furniture and decor. The hotel’s own art curator has hand-picked art for every single room and suite from the THIEF ART collection.
We have five room categories at THE THIEF. Whether you choose THE OSLO SUITE – the top suite with a fantastic view from a private terrace – or one of Oslo´s most spacious standard rooms, comfort takes pride of place. All rooms have tailored solutions and original details, which create an intimate and personal atmosphere.
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LATIN AMERICA'S FOREMOST FASHION DESIGNER SILVIA TCHERASSI HAS NOW TAKEN HER DESIGN PROCESS ONE STEP FURTHER BY TRANSLATING HER FASHION DESIGNS ONTO THE LUXURY MANSION AND HOTEL & SPA PROPERTIES.
Housed by a restored and renovated 250 year old colonial mansion, MANSION TCHERASSI comes to life in the heart of Cartagena’s old city becoming Silvia’s first hotel. With 7 unique rooms and suites, The property reignites the magical setting of a bygone era while delivering all of the modern amenities and comforts discerning travelers have come to expect today. This property offers, luxurious guest accommodations featuring high ceilings, rich wood floors, private balconies and large open bathrooms, full service spa, an elegant Italian restaurant and lounge overlooking a vertical garden with over 3000 local plants, four pools and a roof deck with 360 degree views of both the historic city and sea.
Meanwhile, TCHERASSI HOTEL+ SPA was conceived by experienced architects Álvaro Barrera and Richard Mishaan, reviewed on Architectural Digest, as one of the top 100 world designers. With its essence, TCHERASSI HOTEL+ SPA, offers a relaxing and elegant experience, which results from a majestic combination of fashion expressions, architecture, and nature features in Silvia Tcherassi’s creations. Guests experience begins in the beautiful restored colonial building that houses a captivating lobby, 42 rooms, 2 restaurants, a bar and lounge, a café, a Tcherassi Boutique, and unique venues for special, social and business events.
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Welcome to the Art Hotel Boutique, a modern 4-star hotel in El Poblado Medellin specially designed for business and couples and located half a block from the lively bar and restaurant area of Lleras Park.
The Art Hotel Boutique is one of the best hotels in Medellin. It has spacious and pleasant rooms, free wifi, movie theater, art gallery and the best services within your reach.
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Hotel Akti was founded in 1932 by our great-grandmother, as the very first Hotel on Skiathos.
Ever since, four generations have been taking over the business, modernizing and giving it part of their own touch, always remaining true to the original traditional philosophy..
Founded in 1932 under the name “Hotel Akti” (meaning coast) by Maria Pana-Bogiatzi, it operates constantly until August 1944, when it is burnt down by the german occupants, just before their departure.
Back then, the Hotel is basically “sitting” inside the water, overlooking the east. Its capacity is 6 double rooms and it is the only hotel on the island.
In 1949 it is rebuilt from scratch, by the couple Ourania Vogiatzis-Lazos and Dimitrios Lazos. It is completed in 1952 and operated under the direction of Ourania Vogiatzis-Lazou as a “third class” hotel, with a capacity of 10 double and 2 single rooms.
The couple’s (Ourania and Dimitrios Lazos) 4 children are born and raised inside the hotel. The family uses the ground floor of the three storey building as a residence and the upper two floors serve as the hotel.
Renovated by the owner in 1960, 2 WC’s and a bathroom are added on each of the two floors, while all bedrooms are equipped with wash basins.
In 1988 it is reerected entirely by the new owners, Maria Lazou-Tsomou and Angelica Lazou-Prevezanou, as a new four-story building, designed by architect Yiannis Tsomos. In 1991 it is reopened as a hotel with its original name “Hotel Akti”.
Today the hotel is still in its original location within the town of Skiathos, directly facing the new promenade, the sea and the harbour on the east coast. It has 13 double rooms and a fully equipped 2-bedroom apartment suite with kitchen and living room. The Hotel undergoes its latest transformations in 2011 and 2012 with a major renovation of the interior design of the guestrooms.
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Bohem Art Hotel, Budapest - the fizzle of downtown life together with our bohemian and creative atmosphere.
Bohem Art Hotel is a new unique hotel in Budapest. Besides its excellent location – in the historical downtown, 50 meters from both Váci street and the Danube bank – it not only combines the style of the most demanded city hotels (design and hip hotels), but possesses a unique, distinguishable quality: the building, which was the home of the former Szénásy Körzőgyár (stationery factory) is now not only a hotel, but an art gallery as well, where the young, contemporary Hungarian art is present in every corner.
Our hotel conveys the freedom and ease of bohemian life with the atmosphere of art galleries and exhibitions. Each room has their own ambiance, paintings and other artworks emit the feeling of creative freedom. The public areas display interesting details of the artists’ works. Our gallery – in which both the young and the recognized artists prevail – are home to a vivid, bohemian community.
The guests of our hotel can choose their room based on the paintings, and decide which artwork fits their taste and mood the most.
Thanks to Bohem Art Hotel’s location, our guests can experience the unique atmosphere of Budapest’s historic downtown. The vicinity of the pedestrian precinct, clubs, cafés, restaurants, and the fizzle of downtown life together with the bohemian and creative atmosphere of our hotel offer an unforgettable experience to our guests.
Visit the Website: www.bohemarthotel.hu
Welcome to Denver, CO's iconic luxury hotel - the ART, a hotel, offering the perfect blend of refined comfort and intimate service. Contemporary design, high-touch amenities and works of art that grace two galleries, spill into the hallways and adorn our every guest room, combine seamlessly to provide you a highly experiential stay.
The lobby transformed. A grand entrance, indeed. Be welcomed by Leo Villareal’s undulating, 22,000-light art installation—and by a thoughtful valet. Then step inside the Portico Gallery to relax, converse and wonder at pieces gathered by longtime Denver Art Museum curator Dianne Vanderlip. Speaking of curated, so will be your every experience at the ART, from fine cuisine and contemporary accommodations to masterfully personalized service.
The standard check-in gets an upgrade. Next, you’ll head upstairs to the Welcome Gallery for a seamless and personalized check-in—and to check out additional works by Ed Ruscha, Nancy Rubins, Deborah Butterfield and Kiki Smith. Here, you can soak up city views on the expansive terrace, as well as the ART’s sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere. Intimate and authentic. A refined palette of memory-making moments customized to each guest—whether on business or pleasure.
A refined palette indeed. Modern presentation. Classic technique. Refined flavors conjured from fresh, local ingredients. This is the artistic vision behind FIRE Restaurant, Lounge and Terrace. Mingle with colleagues or meet your special someone for a meal, cocktails or after-dinner drinks on the terrace, gathered around a mesmerizing fire feature. Or gaze at the cityscape and mountains through walls of glass, cozily inside, where intriguing chandeliers and kinetic sculptures are sure to spark conversation.
Whether you’re looking for a night on the town, a place to escape for vacation retreat or a location for your company’s business program, the ART, a hotel offers the perfect setting to make memories. We are pleased to offer a unique Denver, CO experience for every traveler.
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The Alvear Art Hotel emerges as an innovative proposal in Buenos Aires, backed up by the tradition of the Alvear Palace Hotel. Set among impressive trees, this new sample of the Alvear Experience opens the doors of its modern building in the heart of the financial, commercial, and cultural area of the city, offering excellent service, warm hospitality, the sophisticated comfort of its rooms, and the most advanced technology.
The Alvear Art Hotel is located in a traditional area of Buenos Aires, declared a historical site - the San Martín Square, just steps away from elegant Santa Fe Avenue and famous Florida Street with their countless stores. It is strategically located a few blocks from the financial area and only five minutes from the new corporate district in Puerto Madero.
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Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge - more than the mesmerizing scenery and genuine promise of relaxation.
Earth and art come together at Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge to create the most unforgettable and picturesque stay in Basco, Batanes, Philippines. Set atop a lush hill and caught between the mountain, sea, and sky, the hotel offers the best spot to view the scenic landscape, the cultural and aesthetic heritage of the Ivatan people. Experience the true photographic beauty of Batanes right at the comforts of the hotel.
Once the home studio of internationally acclaimed artist Pacita Abad, pays homage to its creative roots with Ivatan-inspired rooms and suites. Resembling a gallery, each uniquely designed accommodation is adorned by artworks of both well-known and up-and-coming artists. Meanwhile, the ambience gives you the distinct and familiar feeling of being right at your very own home — the bed-and-breakfast warmth can be felt throughout. Essential assistance is provided by the hotel’s facilities that include airport and city transfers, room service, massage treatments and so much more.
More than the mesmerizing scenery and genuine promise of relaxation, staying in this destination hotel nurtures the artistic lifeblood of its community. Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge supports the education of the Ivatan youth through projects initiated by The Jorge, Aurora, and Pacita Abad Memorial Foundation, Inc.
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With a strong connection to the sea and nature, the AZOR Hotel is the starting point to discover the Azores. It opened in May 2016.
Inspired by the surrounding sea and the volcanic nature of the Portuguese Azores Island of São Miguel, Azor Hotel abounds with natural materials that serve to remind guests of the property’s remote location, while remaining starkly cosmopolitan and contemporary in design.
In addition to organizing a range of excursions and experiences that immerse guests in the local lifestyle, the 123-room hotel plays host to a lobby market that offers up cheeses, tapas dishes, and a number of products to take home, as well as a rooftop pool and bar that doubles as a whale-watching spot.
At À Terra restaurant, one can also enjoy delicious homemade dishes fit for sharing. Azor Hotel’s ideal location next to the marina in Ponta Delgada ensures that the treasures of the Azores’ administrative capital are an enticing hop away.
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The Paper Factory Hotel is one of New York City’s most unrivaled boutique hotel experiences.
The venue is located in the heart of Long Island City, at the crossroads of the charming Kaufman Arts District and trendy Astoria in the borough of Queens. A true urban metropolis, the Paper Factory Hotel is an ideal choice for the seasoned business traveler as well as the lifestyle driven tourist eager to access New York City. Our one-of-a-kind hotel caters to guests who crave a premiere hospitality experience that is also affordable. This is the New York of modern yore, a mecca for influencers from the worlds of fashion, film, food and art.
The Paper Factory Hotel’s combined 5,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces make the venue a leading business, wedding, entertainment and party destination that has hosted Fortune 500 companies, world-class performers and families creating lifelong memories. The spaces are also feature state-of-the art technology such as broadband internet access, and audio-visual systems that can be customized to guests needs.
Each of our 122 chic guestrooms and suite features its own unique aesthetic with relaxing hues and custom furnishings. The eclectic decor and artistic ambiance are enriched by modern industrial accents reminiscent of the building’s past. Each room provides its guests the privacy and tranquility they need to recharge from New York’s legendary days and nights.
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“Diyabubula means “bubbling fountain” – there is a bubbling spring on the property. Diyabubula also symbolizes the power of the earth and the creativity bubbling up in this magical location.”
Diyabubula, the Barberyn Art & Jungle Hideaway, is a small luxury lodge, a boutique hotel consisting of five villas, located near the town of Dambulla, in central Sri Lanka. Renowned Sri Lankan artist Laki Senanayake designed the place as a hideaway to compliment his water garden. He chose 100 year old railway sleepers as basic building material. This wood, seasoned by sun and rain over a century, has been combined with sleek and beautiful timber sourced from all over Sri Lanka, and hand-crafted right at Diyabubula.
We share this beautiful oasis with Laki: he continues to live and work in his minimalist space.
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From the great wide world to the smallest detailTHE OMNIA – All individual parts come together here high on the rock to form an atmospheric whole. The location, the architecture and the design are one component. But the most important element is you, our guest, with your individual wishes and needs to which we respond with personal service in an informal way. Here you should feel at ease, you should quite simply be yourself. This is the place for unvorgettable moments in calmth and harmony. Welcome!
THE OMNIA is the contemporary interpretation of the traditional mountain lodge. Here in the Swiss Alps, the mountain lodge, a quintessentially American concept, has been reinvented for its European environment by the New York based architect Ali Tayar (1959 – 2016). This dialogue between two cultures was the starting point for the design.
While the materials and the craftsmanship reflect the tradition of the Valais, the furnishings are inspired by a warm, handcrafted modernism. This era in 20th century design is revisited in THE OMNIA in the works of a group of European born, American designers whose European roots heavily influenced the American scene. They include Mies van der Rohe, Raymond Loewy, Vladimir Kagan and Eero Saarinen. Their works are complemented by USM Modular Furniture, which is recognised as a design classic in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. But most of the interior furnishings and fittings are custom-made designs by Ali Tayar, conceived to meet the requirements of the mountain lodge and handcrafted by local cabinet makers.
This subtle interplay between design classics and custom-made products underscores the basic concept of the mountain lodge – THE OMNIA is the fusion of a multitude of different elements and influences to make a single harmonious whole.
Here you can forget time.
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Where the majestic Al Hajar Mountains meet their luminous reflection in the serene waters of the Gulf of Oman, The Chedi Muscat rises amidst an elegantly landscaped twenty-one acre garden oasis with 158 Omani influenced guestrooms and villas.
This sublime yet central location equally suits leisure and business travellers while six distinct restaurants, a thirteen-suite Balinese spa, three swimming pools, including the 103-metre Long Pool, 700-square-metre health club plus two executive meeting rooms enhance Muscat’s considerable cultural attractions.
LUXURY ACCOMMODATION MUSCAT
Sparkling waters, vibrant gardens and dramatic mountains as seen through the grand windows in all 158 tasteful, well-appointed guestrooms and suites heighten the calming effect of the natural and timeless environment at The Chedi Muscat.
Beyond their generous dimensions, in-room luxury comforts and panoramic views of the gardens or the Gulf, all Deluxe Club Rooms, Deluxe Club Terrace Rooms and Chedi Club Suites confer privileged access to The Club Lounge. Benefits here begin with airport transfers by private air-conditioned limousine and continue daily, from complimentary breakfast to cocktails and canapés.
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Surround yourself with style and serenity at NUO Hotel Beijing, one of the newest and most luxurious hotels in China's capital.
Inspired by the cultural and artistic achievements of the Ming Dynasty, NUO mixes business with pleasure and art with technology and sustainability. NUO, the Chinese word for promise, is proud to pioneer the future of Chinese luxury hospitality.
Threading a common design inspiration throughout NUO Hotel Beijing are symbolic heritage footprints of a veritable who's who of the Ming Dynasty's most renowned scholars and philosophers, artists, poets and calligraphers, innovators and explorers - from intellectual Zhang Dai in the hotel lobby, writer Wen Zhenheng and poet Wen Zhengming in the guestrooms, calligrapher and painter Xu Wei in Jia, the hotel's Chinese restaurant, prince-turned-philosopher Zhu Quan in Yuan Tea House and legendary naval explorer Zheng He in N'Joy, the hotel's international all-day dining destination.
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Take a step back in time as Arthouse brings the classics back to life.
Experience the unusual, quirky and the crazy at Arthouse as we bring you the most memorable movie scenes of all time.
From Dirty Dancing to The Wizard of Oz; our themed rooms are uniquely designed to take your breath away.
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