The longstanding tradition of hotels across the world hosting some of the greatest art collections is nothing new, but a new wave of hotels now aims to embrace a specific, more contemporary art in the form of murals. Hotels look to add pops of color and unique designs, incorporating murals to tell stories along its walls.
Want to stay in one of these neat hotels with murals? Consider one of these properties:
As the first-ever hotel in Miami’s Wynwood mural district, Arlo Wynwood debuts this month in the middle of a neighborhood with the largest concentration of street art in the world. The hotel boasts several murals throughout the property. On the yoga deck, Florida-based collage artist Ari Robinson created a plexiglass mural, with overlapping shapes of various sizes and hues, creating unique color combinations, shows and reflections.
On the hotel’s exterior walls, guests can admire work by Miami-based artist Hoxxoh. Hoxxoh depicts the motions of space and time through interesting spheres, while MILAGROS Collective will create site-specific work, focusing on the arrangement of color and lines. The hotel also partnered with Wynwood’s Museum of Graffiti, the world’s first museum dedicated to graffiti, for travelers to further immerse themselves in the world of murals.
Some of the city’s best muralists worked to create stunning pieces of art within these hotels thanks to art consultancy group Indiewalls. In Arlo SoHo, head to the interior courtyard to see the three-story mural by Finley, featuring a hand in the Mudra gesture to symbolize compassion, as well as a comet to represent wishes and dreams. The entire mural serves as a metaphor for the universe.
At Arlo Midtown, Chilean artist El Cekis created a mural that redefines our concept of the urban jungle. In this mural, Cekis reimagines this concept for guests to admire while in the hotel’s rooftop bar, Nearly Ninth Rooftop. Arlo NoMad boasts a mural created by Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano. Debuted in 2019 as part of the WorldPride Mural Project, the mural draws inspiration from the New York City subway graffiti movement.
This brand-new hotel highlights the artwork of local artists. Blending the rich history of Beale Street with emerging art movements, this 136-room hotel features an interior mural by Frances Berry and an exterior mural by Juan Rojo.
This newly opened members’ club, located in the historic Johnston Building, boasts more than 300 pieces of art. Works include a curatorial premise of A Different Century, a collection questioning the meaning of representation now and back them. The collection analyzes women, queer people and people of color, as well as their place in the cultural landscape. Guests can admire several site-specific commissions, including emerging artist b.chehayeb’s mural adjacent to the glass-roofed Atrium.
Montage Laguna Beach brings Laguna Beach’s deeply artistic culture within the walls of the property, with 13 original plein art paintings by renowned artists, all on the property since its inception. The hotel partnered with renowned international ceramic artist Dora De Larios to create the “Life Force” mural on the wall of the spa pool. The mural faces the Pacific Ocean and features 1,000 handmade, relief-sculptured carved and etched porcelain tiles depicting sea plants, fish and other creatures of the deep waters. Finished with a specially created turquoise glaze, this mural shows the myriad of expressions of sea life in Laguna Beach.
The hotel also features a mosaic pool, the only commercial pool in California without a white bottom. The bottom of this pool sees 500,000 mosaic tiles in a sun pattern, providing guests with the ultimate pool experience.
Located off the north end of Virginia Beach Boardwalk, this hotel immediately immerses guests into the world of art within its lobby. There, guests can find an enormous living plant mural, with 273 individually potted plants arranged in a wave design. Maintained by an in-house horticultural team, the plants are cleaned weekly to ensure their health and presentation.
Looking for the newest hotel for your next ski trip? This December, Maribel Hotel, a new alpine ski chalet, opens in Sierra Nevada in Grenada, Spain. The hotel lies at the foot of the slopes with direct access to the Maribel and Águila slopes.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Visiting the airport these days means you’ve either booked a flight or you’re simply dropping someone off or picking them up. However, as part of a new initiative from Southern California’s Ontario International Airport, travelers and locals can visit the airport’s terminals to dine and shop without need of a ticket. The new initiative also allows friends and family members to spend more time with travelers before their flights depart.
Fairmont Century Plaza recently debuted Winter Swiss Chalets, transporting hotel guests and locals to the Alps as Los Angeles’ first après-ski dining experience. Three beautifully built, wooden Swiss chalets sit on The Bar’s outdoor patio.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.