Philadelphia is one of the world’s premier arts and cultures hubs with world-renowned fine art museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation. The city also is home to Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program inspiring community art that ignites change. Even our hotels are flourishing with stunning works! If you’re in Philadelphia to visit the local art scene, check into one of these imaginative hotels for a fully impressive experience.
With more than 1,800 original works, The Logan is more like an art museum that lets you sleep over. The hotel’s collection is so extensive, visitors can take a free, self-guided tour available through a mobile app. The collection has a Philadelphia focus, from “Philadelphia Elite Silhouettes” — a large chandelier comprising more than 300 hanging portraits of famous Philadelphians — to “Join or Die,” a bronze, bas-relief interpretation of Benjamin Franklin’s famous sketch of the same name, and “Crew,” a series of life size sculptures of rowers paying homage to Boathouse Row.
Neighborhood: Center City Address: One Logan Square Nearby: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum
The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
Nested atop the Comcast Technology Center, and recipient of a AAA Five Diamond Hotel Designation, The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia invites guests to engage with high-end, one-of-a-kind experiences. Sitting on top of the tallest building in Philadelphia, your experience starts with the 60th floor lobby, which features an art installation by famed floral artist Jeff Leatham and visual art by Japanese art collective teamLab. The experience continues in the guest rooms with an audio-visual art installation by musical artist Brian Eno. Guests enrolled in the hotel’s Extraordinary Experience program have the option of a private, docent-led tour of the Barnes Foundation, followed by dinner at the original Barnes mansion on the Main Line.
Neighborhood: Center City Address: One North 19th Street Nearby: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Arts Alliance
The architecture of the Hotel Palomar is a work of art in and of itself. Located in the former Philadelphia headquarters of the American Institute of Architects, the hotel has preserved the building’s original Art Deco details, including tile mosaics and artwork by Philadelphia artists. Inside the property displays contemporary pieces from local artists in its common areas and guest rooms. The Hotel Palomar also caters to the art community by hosting installations, providing postcards designed by local artists and allowing local photographers to take over its Instagram.
Neighborhood: Center City Address: 117 South 17th Street Nearby: The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Arts Alliance, Works on Paper
Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia
Local artists are on display at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia inside and out. The property’s facade features a 22-story-high mural — one of the largest in the city — that’s part of the world-renowned Mural Arts Philadelphia program. Inside, there’s a rotating gallery in partnership with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, presenting paintings by area artists. If guests fall in love with a piece, all of the internal pieces are available for purchase. And, if you want to end your day with a toast to the arts, try a nightcap at the hotel’s Art Bar, where the visual arts inflect everything from the furniture to the cocktails.
Neighborhood: Center City Address: 1800 Market Street Featured Work: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Arts Alliance
The Study at University City
The Study at University City taps into West Philadelphia’s art community for their guests’ viewing pleasure. The hotel’s lobby hosts a rotating gallery of art from students and professors from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, as well as from local artists. Also on display is artwork from the University City Arts League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to arts education, as part of their collection of original artwork that you can find throughout the hotel.
Neighborhood: University City Address: 20 South 33rd Street Featured Work: Institute of Contemporary Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pearlstein Gallery
The Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia was designed by Creme Architecture and Design with locally-inspired artwork that speaks to Philadelphia’s history. The hotel’s restaurant, Patchwork, is “named after the diverse neighborhoods of Philadelphia that come together like the many fabrics of a quilt.” Each guest bathroom at the hotel contains an oar, an acknowledgment of Philadelphia’s rowing history. The hotel also hosts a series of monthly art displays featuring local artists called “Makers Series.”
Neighborhood: Center City Address: 1620 Chancellor Street Featured Work: The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Arts Alliance, Works on Paper
Philadelphia Hotel Bella Vista Boutique Inn
Guests at the Philadelphia Hotel Bella Vista Boutique Inn will be immersed in the character and charm of picturesque and classic Philadelphia sights. Each of the private suites boasts its own unique art collections and timeless antique furnishings, specifically selected to theme and complement the natural architectural features of this stately Philadelphia row home built in the 1860s. Modern and antique charms abound at the Bella Vista, including original staircase and hardwood floors, Art Deco era-stained glass, and other enduring architectural details.
Neighborhood: Bella Vista/South Philadelphia Address: 752 South 10th Street Featured Work: Magic Gardens, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The Print Center
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