See some art and get a dose of culture at these boutique hotels
BnA Hotel Koenji, Tokyo
The BnA (“Bed & Art”) group creates spaces that combine comfort with contemporary culture. At its property in Tokyo’s Koenji neighborhood (pictured above), the works of Ryuichi Ogino and Yohei Takahashi fill two rooms — Ogino offers a perception-bending zig-zag motif, while Takahashi’s wolf mural covers the walls. BnA has two more hotels — one each in Tokyo and Kyoto.
QT’s arty mood begins at the door — from neon signage to Art Deco accents, there’s a mesh of opulence and modern utility. Tip: spot the works of local artists Daniel Boyd (at the bar), Grant Stevens (on in-room screens) and others.
Humble House Taipei
Humble House, a part-guesthouse, part-gallery, embodies an “art in life, life in art” philosophy. It offers a space adorned with over 600 works, which play well with the city’s urban vistas, including the Taipei 101 skyscraper, just beyond.
XVA Art Hotel, Dubai
Converted from a residence, XVA boasts art and heritage in its Persian-style design, courtyards, art gallery and café. The mood is a stark contrast to the glitzy atmosphere that the city is most known for.
This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Smile magazine.