A historic late 18th century house interior, now a hotel and a restaurant.  A tea tray on a table in a room full of pictures.

Whether you want to admire classic Warhol pieces or William Scott paintings, these are hotels offer extensive collections geared toward culture vultures and art lovers. (Getty Images)

If you're an art lover, spending time in a city’s museums is likely a must-do while on vacation. After all, what better way is there to experience a destination's unique cultural and architectural achievements than admiring its acclaimed monuments, landmarks and displays of art? To entice travelers with an appreciation for art, hotels the world over are transforming their properties into mini-museums, with robust collections and exhibits that reflect and celebrate their distinct settings and cultures. With that in mind, book a room or suite at these hotels to admire museum-worthy art.

[Read: 7 Top International Art Deco Cities to Visit in 2017.]

W South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida

The chic W South Beach located on Collins Avenue recently launched an art tour program for guests to get the most out of the $40 million art collection sprinkled throughout the hotel and curated by art tycoon Aby Rosen. Feast your eyes on extravagant pieces from legends such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Julian Schnabel, among others. Tours take place at 10 a.m. daily and signing up in advance is required.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Farmington, Pennsylvania

While you’ll find pieces by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Tiffany Studios in this $45 million art collection, you’ll also find offbeat offerings, from a segment of the Berlin Wall to a complete antique auto collection and antique airplanes. The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, named for a chief of the Delaware tribe, is also home to a collection of Native American art. Art is on display throughout the 2,000-acre property, including all three of its hotel properties: Chateau Lafayette, Falling Rock and the Lodge, its two golf courses and its walking trails. Visitors are invited to learn more about the collection on complimentary art tours offered Sunday through Friday, or during an exclusive curator’s tour on Saturdays. There are also countless art classes for both adults and families for an additional cost.

Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Rome

The collection at Rome Cavalieri boasts more than 1,000 works from masters, from French period furniture to rare tapestries to sculptures to artifacts that are displayed throughout the property. Check out the paintings by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, considered to be the most precious paintings in the hotel’s collection, on display in the lobby by the Tiepolo bar. The paintings are protected behind a pane of glass.

[Read: The 5 Best New York City Hotels for Aficionados.]

Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore

This Baltimore hotel is owned by Donald and Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation, one of the world’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections. The Lord Baltimore is all about art, from the original architecture of the 1928 building to the wall decor to the plating of deserts in its restaurant, The French Kitchen. There are 2,500 works of original art, including three original paintings in each room and original artwork collages in the guest room hallways of hundreds of portraits of the people and places of Baltimore.

Hilton Cleveland Downtown
Cleveland

The Hilton Cleveland Downtown features a plethora of art throughout its public spaces. The hotel features 194 original works, and of the 54 artists on display, 46 are local to Cleveland and from Cuyahoga County. Highlights include pieces from Cleveland native and Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone, along with the metal sculptures in the lobby.

Windsor Court Hotel
New Orleans

If you want to live like royalty, stay at the Windsor Court Hotel. The hotel's collection is worth more than $8 million and features a variety of British treasures, including original works by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Huysman. The collection can be explored with a complimentary audio tour, which you can download through the hotel’s app. Take a journey through three floors of paintings, sculptures and tapestries.

Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Boca Raton, Florida

The Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldort Astoria Resort teamed up with the Baker Sponder Gallery to create a collection of museum-quality sculptures of artists such as Fernando Botero, Lynn Chadwick, Jim Dine, Claude Lalanne, George Segal, Manolo Valdes, Boaz Vaadia and Bernar Venet. The sculptures can be seen throughout the resort and each one has an informative sign with interesting facts about the artist. Hotel guests can take a self-guided tour or book a tour of this contemporary art collection and sculptures are rotated on a regular basis.

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The Merrion Hotel
Dublin

If you love Irish culture, consider retreating to The Merrion Hotel. The property features more than 90 pieces in its private art collection and is believed to be one of the largest and most significant private collections of 19th- and 20th-century art in Ireland. Major artists' works on display include Jack B. Yeats, Louis Le Brocquy and William Scott. The hotel recently launched The Merrion Art tour – an in-depth audio guide to 20 paintings in the collection – with exclusive access available to hotel guests. As an added perk for guests, The Merrion offers its own unique Afternoon Art Tea, where guests can enjoy the hotel's collection while savoring miniature sweet creations inspired by the works of art on display.


10 Top Art Deco U.S. Cities to Visit in 2017


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Vintage car on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.
Illuminated roof of Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building.
Omni William Penn and Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh.
Baltimore Trust Company Building.
The exhibition hall at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Autumn in Asheville, North Carolina.
Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach.
Detail of Carbide and Carbon building in Chicago, Illinois.
The historic late-1920s Greek Revival style Philtower Building in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma surrounded by other historic buildings, including the Philcade Building at lower left and the Mid-Continent Building at right, The Historic Route 66 E 11th St alignment passes through the downtown area - Tulsa is an attraction for Route 66 tourists in Oklahoma.
Historic and modern skyscraper in downtown in Houston, Texas.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
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Get your deco fix in these vibrant cities across America.
Art deco expresses America's best and worst of times: the exuberant Jazz Age and the Great Depression. Miami Beach's Art Deco District is the largest and best known art deco wonderland, celebrating the Art Basel Miami Beach festival from Dec. 1-4. Manhattan's art deco skyscrapers "dazzle, entertain, amaze," Frank Lloyd Wright once noted. But many other U.S. cities have spectacular examples of this 1920s-1930s style, with a mix of striking geometric patterns, bold colors, streamlined modernized classicism and flamboyant new materials like chrome. Most of these buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Here are cities across America where you can admire this ultra-popular architecture.
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New York City
Think art deco, and the first structures that spring to mind are New York City's Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. The 1930 Chrysler Building is most striking for its nickel-chromium steel pinnacle of zigzags inside crescent-shaped sunbursts and its three-story lobby with red Moroccan walls and inlaid wood elevator doors. The 1931 Waldorf Astoria is another famed example. But lesser-known must-sees across the city that never sleeps include the 1931 salmon-colored General Electric Building, whose pink marble lobby has a vaulted aluminum ceiling in sunburst motifs, and the 1927 Fred F. French Building, which features a bronze lobby with elaborate art deco designs.
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Pittsburgh
Downtown Pittsburgh has several grand art deco sights. The 1927-1929 Koppers Building has striking art deco designs, especially its ornate three-story marble and bronze lobby. The 1931 Federal Reserve Bank building, with stunning cast aluminum figures and grille work, was recently converted into the Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown. Two former bank vaults have been transformed into meeting rooms, and the building's former firing range has become an indoor swimming pool. Plus, the Omni William Penn Hotel's Urban Room is an art deco masterpiece with gilt-trimmed black Carrara glass walls and 15 murals designed by Ziegfeld Follies set designer James Urban.
(Getty Images)

Baltimore
Part of Charm City's charms can be seen in its art deco buildings. The Baltimore Trust Company Building, completed in October 1929 on the eve of the stock market crash, was virtually abandoned for almost a decade. The 34-story skyscraper with setback terraces is adorned with Mayan statues, reliefs and a gilded roof, plus it has a mural-filled lobby. The Senator Theatre, a well-restored 1939 art deco classic, still operates today and even uses its 40-foot silver screen. Its materials epitomize the era, with touches such as black marbleized Carrara glass, fluted aluminum, glass blocks and red neon.
(Getty Images)

Washington, District of Columbia
The nation's capital features a host of art deco gems. Several government buildings earned their own style, "New Deal federal architecture." A superlative example is the 1935-1936 Department of the Interior building. Its exterior and interior, with more than 40 Depression-era murals, became known as a "symbol of a new day." The exterior of the 1932 Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill also earned its own style name, "Greco Deco," for its streamlined classicism. At Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, visit the 1941 Terminal A, with its glass balustrade along the mezzanine, concrete polychrome mosaic panels and 30 artworks on display from the era.
(Getty Images)

Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, a Blue Ridge Mountain arts haven, offers a wealth of art deco buildings. Two of Asheville's top art deco jewels, both from 1928, are its imposing pink city hall and the S&W building, a former speakeasy and cafeteria. City hall's octagonal tiered red-tile roof showcases pink marble with green and gold feather decoration. S&W's brightly colored facade has glazed terra-cotta panels, slate, glass and wrought iron, topped by a blue-and-green tile parapet.
(Getty Images)

Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach's Art Deco District, with about 800 historically significant structures in a 125-square block area, is the country's largest concentration of 1920s-1930s architecture. According to the National Register of Historic Places, the Art Deco District "was one of the earliest National Register listings (1979) to recognize the importance of the architecture of this period." The classic art deco style has variations such as Mediterranean Revival or "Med-Deco." Unique Miami Beach touches are pastel facades, curved corners, portholes, concrete overhangs above windows and rocket ship shapes. Make sure to visit the Art Deco Welcome Center of the Miami Design Preservation League to learn more.
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Chicago
"Chicago really shines in its quality and variety of art deco structures," says Amy Keller, executive vice president of the Chicago Art Deco Society. The 1929 Carbide and Carbon Building embodies the extravagance of the Roaring '20s, with polished black granite, green and gold terra-cotta and a tower covered with 24-karat gold gilt. The building's shape and coloring resemble a champagne bottle. Today, the building has been converted into a Hard Rock Hotel. Plus, the 1929 Chicago Motor Club, now a Hampton Inn, was originally lauded as a "temple of transport" with its three-story lobby mural and opulent lobby bar, which showcases a real 1928 Ford Model A.
(Getty Images)

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa has an entire downtown Deco District and even a Tulsa Art Deco Museum located in the 1931 Philcade Building, one of America's first indoor shopping malls. Epitomizing art deco's use of rich materials, the museum's first two floors are covered with glazed terra-cotta ornamentation and the lobby is rich with mahogany, bronze, glass and terrazzo. Downtown Tulsa also features one of America's finest examples of "ecclesiastical art deco," the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. Stylized versions of praying hands are displayed throughout this building of metal, glass, terra-cotta, limestone and granite. It's also uniquely one of the world's few art deco buildings designed by a woman, Adah Robinson.
(Getty Images)

Houston
Houston's city hall is "WPA Deco," a Depression-era project funded by the federal Works Progress Administration. Metal grilles above all entrances of the 1939 building showcase images of lawmakers, including Thomas Jefferson, and the lobby features magnificent ceiling murals. Meanwhile, the 1927 Esperson Buildings, a 32-story structure commissioned by Mellie Esperson, honors her mogul husband, Neils Esperson, and its adjacent 1941 annex bears her name. And the 1929 Gulf Building, now the JPMorgan Chase Building, is significant for both its art deco exterior facade and interiors. Its original elaborate interior spaces boast stained glass and gold-leaf, plus eight frescoes depicting scenes from Texas' history.
(Getty Images)

Los Angeles
It probably comes as no surprise that Los Angeles boasts some of the best art deco movie theaters, including the 1927 Grauman's Chinese Theatre (now the TCL Chinese Theatre). The theater established an exotic style, with bronze dragons along jade-colored pagoda roofs, gold ornamentation and cinnabar terra-cotta surfaces. Meanwhile, the 1931 Wiltern Theatre features a sunburst ceiling with rays representing skyscrapers and the 1931 Sunset Tower Hotel epitomizes art deco's ZigZag Moderne style. Plus, the Georgian Hotel was an early speakeasy, with infamous patrons like Bugsy Siegel. Other masterpieces are Bullock's Wilshire Department Store (built in 1928) and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple (established in 1929).
(Getty Images)

Vintage car on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.
Illuminated roof of Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building.
Omni William Penn and Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh.
Baltimore Trust Company Building.
The exhibition hall at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Autumn in Asheville, North Carolina.
Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach.
Detail of Carbide and Carbon building in Chicago, Illinois.
The historic late-1920s Greek Revival style Philtower Building in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma surrounded by other historic buildings, including the Philcade Building at lower left and the Mid-Continent Building at right, The Historic Route 66 E 11th St alignment passes through the downtown area - Tulsa is an attraction for Route 66 tourists in Oklahoma.
Historic and modern skyscraper in downtown in Houston, Texas.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Get your deco fix in these vibrant cities across America.
Art deco expresses America's best and worst of times: the exuberant Jazz Age and the Great Depression. Miami Beach's Art Deco District is the largest and best known art deco wonderland, celebrating the Art Basel Miami Beach festival from Dec. 1-4. Manhattan's art deco skyscrapers "dazzle, entertain, amaze," Frank Lloyd Wright once noted. But many other U.S. cities have spectacular examples of this 1920s-1930s style, with a mix of striking geometric patterns, bold colors, streamlined modernized classicism and flamboyant new materials like chrome. Most of these buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Here are cities across America where you can admire this ultra-popular architecture.
(Getty Images)

New York City
Think art deco, and the first structures that spring to mind are New York City's Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. The 1930 Chrysler Building is most striking for its nickel-chromium steel pinnacle of zigzags inside crescent-shaped sunbursts and its three-story lobby with red Moroccan walls and inlaid wood elevator doors. The 1931 Waldorf Astoria is another famed example. But lesser-known must-sees across the city that never sleeps include the 1931 salmon-colored General Electric Building, whose pink marble lobby has a vaulted aluminum ceiling in sunburst motifs, and the 1927 Fred F. French Building, which features a bronze lobby with elaborate art deco designs.
(Getty Images)

Pittsburgh
Downtown Pittsburgh has several grand art deco sights. The 1927-1929 Koppers Building has striking art deco designs, especially its ornate three-story marble and bronze lobby. The 1931 Federal Reserve Bank building, with stunning cast aluminum figures and grille work, was recently converted into the Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown. Two former bank vaults have been transformed into meeting rooms, and the building's former firing range has become an indoor swimming pool. Plus, the Omni William Penn Hotel's Urban Room is an art deco masterpiece with gilt-trimmed black Carrara glass walls and 15 murals designed by Ziegfeld Follies set designer James Urban.
(Getty Images)

Baltimore
Part of Charm City's charms can be seen in its art deco buildings. The Baltimore Trust Company Building, completed in October 1929 on the eve of the stock market crash, was virtually abandoned for almost a decade. The 34-story skyscraper with setback terraces is adorned with Mayan statues, reliefs and a gilded roof, plus it has a mural-filled lobby. The Senator Theatre, a well-restored 1939 art deco classic, still operates today and even uses its 40-foot silver screen. Its materials epitomize the era, with touches such as black marbleized Carrara glass, fluted aluminum, glass blocks and red neon.
(Getty Images)

Washington, District of Columbia
The nation's capital features a host of art deco gems. Several government buildings earned their own style, "New Deal federal architecture." A superlative example is the 1935-1936 Department of the Interior building. Its exterior and interior, with more than 40 Depression-era murals, became known as a "symbol of a new day." The exterior of the 1932 Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill also earned its own style name, "Greco Deco," for its streamlined classicism. At Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, visit the 1941 Terminal A, with its glass balustrade along the mezzanine, concrete polychrome mosaic panels and 30 artworks on display from the era.
(Getty Images)

Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, a Blue Ridge Mountain arts haven, offers a wealth of art deco buildings. Two of Asheville's top art deco jewels, both from 1928, are its imposing pink city hall and the S&W building, a former speakeasy and cafeteria. City hall's octagonal tiered red-tile roof showcases pink marble with green and gold feather decoration. S&W's brightly colored facade has glazed terra-cotta panels, slate, glass and wrought iron, topped by a blue-and-green tile parapet.
(Getty Images)

Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach's Art Deco District, with about 800 historically significant structures in a 125-square block area, is the country's largest concentration of 1920s-1930s architecture. According to the National Register of Historic Places, the Art Deco District "was one of the earliest National Register listings (1979) to recognize the importance of the architecture of this period." The classic art deco style has variations such as Mediterranean Revival or "Med-Deco." Unique Miami Beach touches are pastel facades, curved corners, portholes, concrete overhangs above windows and rocket ship shapes. Make sure to visit the Art Deco Welcome Center of the Miami Design Preservation League to learn more.
(Getty Images)

Chicago
"Chicago really shines in its quality and variety of art deco structures," says Amy Keller, executive vice president of the Chicago Art Deco Society. The 1929 Carbide and Carbon Building embodies the extravagance of the Roaring '20s, with polished black granite, green and gold terra-cotta and a tower covered with 24-karat gold gilt. The building's shape and coloring resemble a champagne bottle. Today, the building has been converted into a Hard Rock Hotel. Plus, the 1929 Chicago Motor Club, now a Hampton Inn, was originally lauded as a "temple of transport" with its three-story lobby mural and opulent lobby bar, which showcases a real 1928 Ford Model A.
(Getty Images)

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa has an entire downtown Deco District and even a Tulsa Art Deco Museum located in the 1931 Philcade Building, one of America's first indoor shopping malls. Epitomizing art deco's use of rich materials, the museum's first two floors are covered with glazed terra-cotta ornamentation and the lobby is rich with mahogany, bronze, glass and terrazzo. Downtown Tulsa also features one of America's finest examples of "ecclesiastical art deco," the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. Stylized versions of praying hands are displayed throughout this building of metal, glass, terra-cotta, limestone and granite. It's also uniquely one of the world's few art deco buildings designed by a woman, Adah Robinson.
(Getty Images)

Houston
Houston's city hall is "WPA Deco," a Depression-era project funded by the federal Works Progress Administration. Metal grilles above all entrances of the 1939 building showcase images of lawmakers, including Thomas Jefferson, and the lobby features magnificent ceiling murals. Meanwhile, the 1927 Esperson Buildings, a 32-story structure commissioned by Mellie Esperson, honors her mogul husband, Neils Esperson, and its adjacent 1941 annex bears her name. And the 1929 Gulf Building, now the JPMorgan Chase Building, is significant for both its art deco exterior facade and interiors. Its original elaborate interior spaces boast stained glass and gold-leaf, plus eight frescoes depicting scenes from Texas' history.
(Getty Images)

Los Angeles
It probably comes as no surprise that Los Angeles boasts some of the best art deco movie theaters, including the 1927 Grauman's Chinese Theatre (now the TCL Chinese Theatre). The theater established an exotic style, with bronze dragons along jade-colored pagoda roofs, gold ornamentation and cinnabar terra-cotta surfaces. Meanwhile, the 1931 Wiltern Theatre features a sunburst ceiling with rays representing skyscrapers and the 1931 Sunset Tower Hotel epitomizes art deco's ZigZag Moderne style. Plus, the Georgian Hotel was an early speakeasy, with infamous patrons like Bugsy Siegel. Other masterpieces are Bullock's Wilshire Department Store (built in 1928) and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple (established in 1929).
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