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Holiday Type / Top five for art

There are many hotels around the world decorated with art, however some are more creative than others with the way that they display and engage their guests with it. Art-filled hotels provide the perfect alternative to busy museums. Skip the queues and stay at one of the innovative hotels below.

Choose the recently-opened Silo hotel in South Africa, built into an old grain silo building and sitting above the leading-edge modern art gallery, Zeitz MOCAA. The Quin is a New York hotel that has a curated collection of rotating mixed media and film on a 15-foot digital Art Wall in the lobby, a featured artist in the gallery and original artwork in guestrooms. In Cape Town, Ellerman House has assembled an impressive art collection over three decades - the growing collection is displayed in exhibitions that change with the seasons. Look out for the wine gallery - it is much more than a functional space and is a work of art in itself, created by a dynamic and diverse team of architects, designers, sculptors and blacksmiths.

The unique Icehotel is an obvious choice for this collection; created afresh each year by a host of international artists, it is entirely hewn from ice and snow with no two Icehotels ever the same. This year, the opportunity to design your own bespoke Ice Suite in conjunction with an Icehotel designer offers a truly exclusive experience. The renowned Bellagio in Las Vegas routinely features works by various artists; some of whose pieces that have lived in the hotel include Roy Lichtenstein, Edouard Monet, Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. The Bellagio also houses the restaurant Picasso, which has its own original Picasso paintings; the theme continues through to Executive Chef Julian Serrano's menu which is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain where Pablo Picasso spent much of his life.

the Quin

The Quin brings new levels of sophistication to midtown Manhattan, its urbane service complemented by swish rooms and suites with city views, whilst a three level penthouse with oversized windows and glass doors overlooks Central Park. Comfort and modernity are unparalleled, guest rooms having Dux beds, Nespresso machines, Venetian linens and touchscreen room controls. The two-storey Wayfarer restaurant is a meeting place for Manhattanites in the know, its gentleman’s club ambience complemented by superb international fare followed by custom co...

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Ellerman House

An exclusive Relais & Châteaux retreat set in a Cape Edwardian mansion with magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean. The mansion itself, a historical landmark, features thirteen individually decorated rooms and a fine collection of original South African art. Within the grounds are two stylish, three and five bedroom contemporary villas, each featuring expansive private wooden terraces and a pool with panoramic sea views. Unwind at the Ellerman House Spa with its sensation shower and heated outdoor pool, relax by the garden pool and browse ar...

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As unique as it is transient, the Icehotel promises an unforgettable stay. Standing 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle it is created afresh each year by international artists - entirely hewn from ice and snow with no two Icehotels ever the same. From mid December to mid April, guests can spend one night in the Icehotel - the temperature remaining between -5 and -8 degrees - with further nights in the cosily contemporary Kaamos rooms or chalets. Glistening ice sculptures line pillared hallways hung with ice chandeliers, whilst individuall...

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A truly impressive hotel that offers everything for which Las Vegas is famous. Located amidst one hundred and twenty five acres overlooking a Mediterranean-inspired lake and gardens, Bellagio’s luxurious guest rooms have been recently refreshed. A dazzling array of facilities includes five outdoor pools, The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and a promenade of designer shops. Experience the world-class spa for the ultimate indulgence or visit the state-of-the-art fitness centre for an exercise programme specifically tailored for you. Guests also hav...

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The Silo Hotel

Thomas Heatherwick, the name behind London’s much vaunted Garden Bridge, has reimagined the historic grain silo building on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. The grain silo building incorporates a leading-edge modern art gallery, Zeitz MOCAA, to rival the likes of the Tate Modern as well as The Silo Hotel which opened in March 2017 and features rooms individually styled by owner, Liz Biden – known for her trailblazing designs for Royal Malewane, La Residence, Birkenhead House. The classic hotel suite formula has been reinvented to showcase incomparab...

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