The 5 Best New York City Hotels for Art Aficionados

Get your culture fix by checking into these art-centric properties across the Big Apple.

By Katie Jackson, ContributorJune 7, 2016
By Katie Jackson, ContributorJune 7, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
U.S. News & World Report

The 5 Best New York City Hotels for Art Aficionados

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Whether you want to stay in an art-inspired suite or get pointers from an art expert in residence, there's plenty to explore at these standout New York City hotels.(Getty Images)

The Big Apple has always been a magnet for artists and their fans. The visionaries who frequented Andy Warhol's famous studio, The Factory, reads like a who's who in the modern art world. And uptown, the sprawling Metropolitan Museum of Art serves the country's largest art museum, featuring more than 2 million art pieces on display, beckoning to art enthusiasts of all kinds. Even if you limit yourself to Manhattan and forgo the trip to the city's four other boroughs, it's easy to spend an entire week exploring Gotham's art scene. Here's a look at top-notch hotels across New York City catering to the traveler who appreciates art and can easily tell a Rembrandt from a Rockwell.

The Renwick

Not only does The Renwick celebrate art – it encourages guests to unleash their inner creativity. Located in midtown Manhattan, the hotel features themed suites, including Creators Suites and an Artist's Suite that comes fully stocked with a blank canvas and painting supplies. And instead of traditional "Do Not Disturb" signs, each room has DIY origami door hangers guests can fold to indicate their preferences. The theme carries over to the hotel's common areas, which are decorated with artwork from 19 New Yorkers who use contemporary mediums such as graffiti and paint splatters to pay homage to the city's world-famous street art and glamorous, art-centric past. The property originally opened in 1928 as an artist's loft and welcomed notable literary luminaries, such as John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Mann and F. Scott Fitzgerald. And in an ode to its storied past, the property features famous quotes from literary icons in its guest rooms. Night rates start at $459.

Loews Regency New York

This Park Avenue property on 61st Street is the perfect home base for museum-hopping between New York's most famous institutions. After a morning at the Museum of Modern Art, where you can browse works from the likes of Warhol and Van Gogh, you can stroll about half a mile uptown to unwind in your room. And in the afternoon or the next morning, it's easy to head west to hit Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile. The Met and the Guggenheim are just a short distance from one another. What's more, with the Loews' elevated ceilings and art installation by Brooklyn-based sculpture artist, Nina Helms, the lobby is worth admiring, too. Seasonal nightly rates start at $339.

Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel

Billed as the first "living" hotel in the Big Apple, this brand new property at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue is a masterpiece in progress. Instead of static artwork, the 348-room Renaissance welcomes guests with a digitally-enhanced floor-to-ceiling tapestry that changes its appearance based on guests interaction. The property also celebrates the art of sound with a signature Spin Doctor Package where guests can learn the art of spinning tracks from Scratch Academy and take home an autographed record. The Spin Doctor package nightly rate starts at $599.

The Surrey

Boasting its own Art Expert in Residence, this five-star hotel is as art-centric as they come. Guests at The Surrey have the opportunity to hire the hotel's art expert and founder of ArtMuse for a guided tour of New York's museums. Of course, guests can also stay in the hotel and take a tour of its impressive collection that includes a larger-than-life Chuck Close portrait of Kate Moss, an original William Kentridge animation and a Frida Kahlo portrait by Imogen Cunningham. Through August 31, the Surrey is also hosting ArtSpeak, an exclusive show showcasing the art of communication via modern technology. Nightly rates start around $495.

The Time New York

A stone's throw from Broadway, the performing arts capital of America, The Time offers an enviable city address. The hotel's interior includes modern time-themed art installations inspired by the hotel's namesake. And in the hotel's reception area, you'll find an intriguing clock installation that updates every minute to reflect real time. The hotel's common areas also feature video art by Marco Brambilla, the creator of Kanye West's music video, "Power" and photography by Zack Seckler, who is famous for his contemporary images of nuns in New York City. Nightly rates start at $250.

Katie Jackson, Contributor

Katie Jackson has been a travel contributor for U.S. News since 2015. She began her career in ...  Read more

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