It’s All In The Details: Art and Design Hotels
August 3, 2023 by Perrie Hartz
From incredible international art collections to striking architecture and interiors, discover Hidden Doorways’ properties around the world that showcase a love of art and design.
Son Net | Mallorca, Spain
Tucked away on one of Spain’s most breathtaking Balearic Islands, Son Net is a peaceful, bucolic retreat that is perched dramatically on the crest of a hill overlooking the village of Puigpunyent. Situated in Mallorca’s northwest region, this gorgeous property boasts a magnificent backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains, an UNESCO world heritage site, with lush pine forests that provide a particularly spectacular setting, conveniently located less than 30 minutes by car from the city of Palma. This exquisite and sophisticated art-filled private estate, with historic roots dating back to the 17th century, is lovingly restored by the masterminds of Finca Cortesin, a renowned Andalusian property located near Marbella, Spain. Under legendary Spanish designer, Lorenzo Castillo, the interiors of Son Net is famous for its classical design, rich Mallorcan-inspired tapestries, and many of the historic estate’s original features—including the rustic ceiling beams, stone floors, large antique fireplaces, private family chapel and 17th Century interior courtyard—have been lovingly preserved. The hotel also boasts a seriously impressive private art collection that features works by renowned artists such as David Hockey and Marc Chagall.
Ellerman House | Cape Town, South Africa
Old-world elegance meets contemporary embellishments at Ellerman House, a cliffside boutique property in Cape Town brimming with incredible South African artwork (over 1,000 pieces) from the owner’s private collection at every turn. The hotel is an intriguing blend of classic Edwardian architecture juxtaposed by ultra-contemporary design. The owner’s impressive art collection covers nearly two centuries and paints a rich story about the country’s defining people, landscapes, and diverse culture. There’s even more art to admire at the Ellerman House Art Gallery, where guided tours are available with a private art guide.
The Fife Arms | Braemar, Scotland
Originally built in the 19th century by the Duke of Fife, The Fife Arms is a 46-room art-filled boutique hotel nestled in the wild Scottish Highlands that has been meticulously restored by international art gallery curators, Iwan and Manuela Wirth. A design aficionados’ dream, The Fife Arms fuses a passion for contemporary art and traditional Scottish heritage to create a cultural hub for the community as well as a much sought-after travel destination. Throughout the property, internationally renowned works of art are showcased side-by-side with pieces by local artists that celebrate Scottish craftsmanship. Highlights include a three-meter-high chimneypiece from the 19th century, works by Archibald Thornburn and a 1991 lithograph of Balmoral by HRH The Prince of Wales. The international collection features works by Zhang Enli, Subodh Gupta and Pablo Picasso.
The Madrona | Healdsburg, California
Deep in the heart of California’s wine region in Healdsburg is The Madrona, a boutique hotel that was built in 1881 as a private family residence. Renown designer Jay Jeffers, the Madrona’s co-owner, has taken inspiration from the estate’s rich history to create a stunning space filled with visual delicacies that celebrates the property’s 19th century roots while also highlighting modern details and comforts. An impressive collection of contemporary art pieces curated by Dolby Chadwick Gallery—many of which were created exclusively for the hotel—provides a bold contrast to the intricately carved mahogany furnishings, quirky animal motifs, and assemblage of over 200 antiques from around the world, some that once belonged to the estate’s original owners.
The Beaumont | London, England
Explore the chic neighborhood of Mayfair while staying at art-filled boutique hotel, The Beaumont. A curation of original works that mirrors the journey of The Beaumont itself from the 1920s to the present day, the hotel’s art collection tells a story of 100 years of artistic, social and cultural change, inspiring both nostalgia and excitement for the new. British, European and American artists and sculptors featuring in the collection include Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Georges Braque (1882-1963), Gino Severini (1883-1966), Man Ray (1890-1976), Joan Miro (1893-1983), Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), Nigel Hall (b 1943), Tim Woolcock (b 1952), Nicola Green (b 1972) and Pablo Bronstein (b 1977). Each piece of art has now found its perfect new home at The Beaumont, bringing distinct personality to each room and suite while prompting moments of conversation and connection in the public spaces.
The Inn of The Five Graces | Santa Fe, New Mexico
Conceived from owners Ira and Sylvia Seret’s passions and creative talents, Santa Fe’s The Inn of the Five Graces is a 24-suite magical art-filled retreat, brimming with some of the family’s most exotic treasures. The artistic spirit of Santa Fe permeates every corner of this boutique property, where walls are adorned with a mesmerizing collection of artwork, including vibrant paintings, sculptures, and intricate tapestries. As you wander the hallways and common areas, you’ll feel as if you’re strolling through a living gallery, with each piece telling a story of its own. The hotel also hosts regular art exhibitions and events, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the vibrant local art scene. For those who’ve fallen in love with the inn’s exquisite furnishings, Seret and Sons’ extensive showroom is just a short walk away.
The Goring | London, England
Since opening over a century ago, The Goring is a jewel in the heart of London. The newly renovated Garden suites have beautiful views over the uniquely positioned, private Goring Gardens, being one of the largest in the capital. Championing British craftsmanship, The Goring’s Belgravia Suites are also irresistibly spectacular. Internationally acclaimed British designer Russell Sage had six historic silks rewoven by The Gainsborough Silk Company for the walls of The Belgravia Suites, along with fine Italian linen and lovingly crafted bespoke furniture. The hotel has been owned and operated by the same family since it opened, being one of London’s most luxurious hotels in the city.