BRUSHES WITH GE­NIUS

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Glo­ri­ous ho­tels in the world’s art cap­i­tals, from New York to Rome

LE MEURICE PARIS

Re­cently re­fur­bished by the ac­claimed French de­signer Philippe Starck, Le Meurice sits in the heart of Paris, just a short stroll from the Musée du Lou­vre, whose pres­ti­gious col­lec­tion in­cludes the Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The ho­tel was a favourite of Andy Warhol and Sal­vador Dalí who, dur­ing one of his many stays, is ru­moured to have or­dered a flock of sheep to his room so he could shoot them (luck­ily the gun had blank bul­lets). Ob­ser­vant guests will no­tice the sur­re­al­ist trib­utes to Dalí in the cor­ri­dors, in­clud­ing a swan chair and a lamp with draw­ers, and his epony­mous restau­rant, which serves de­li­cious French cui­sine in a dream­like set­ting. lucy half­head

Le Meurice (www.dorch­ester­col­lect ion.com), from about £790 a room a night.

PARK HY­ATT MI­LAN

From the Park Hy­att’s prime po­si­tion you can ad­mire the spec­tac­u­lar Duomo while sit­ting on your suite’s ter­race, or gaze down on the bustling Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II while sip­ping an Aperol spritz at the ho­tel’s De­hors bar. It is the per­fect base for im­mers­ing your­self in the city’s rich her­itage – don’t miss Da Vinci’s The Last Sup­per, the Raphaels and Ti­tians at the Pi­na­coteca di Br­era and the Tri­en­nale art space. In ad­di­tion, there is a thriv­ing mod­ern-art scene, in part thanks to the nearby Prada Foun­da­tion, which is ded­i­cated to con­tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions, as well as ar­chi­tec­ture, cin­ema and phi­los­o­phy projects, and has a bar cu­rated by the film direc­tor Wes An­der­son. ella phillips Park Hy­att Mi­lan (www.mi­lan.park.hy­att.com), from about £625 a room a night.

THE JAMES SOHO NEW YORK

The James SoHo is a bou­tique ho­tel that clev­erly com­bines its own min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic with the cre­ations of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists. Guests are in­vited on an in­spir­ing vis­ual jour­ney: be sure to take in Aaron Wexler’s strik­ing mod­ernist col­lages dis­played on the fifth floor, and Sun K Kwak’s paint­ing out­side the glass el­e­va­tor. SoHo’s spir­ited art scene lies just be­yond the ho­tel’s vi­brant ex­te­rior, which is it­self cov­ered in colour­ful mu­rals by the artist Paul Wack­ers. Af­ter you have wo­ken up with morn­ing yoga by the rooftop pool, the charm­ing door­man can flag down a yel­low taxi to take you to the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. There you can view pieces by Roy Licht­en­stein, Claude Monet and Frida Kahlo. clau­dia rowan The James SoHo (www.jamesho­tels.com), from about £180 a room a night.

THE PRIN­CI­PAL LON­DON

Just six months af­ter open­ing in a Grade II-listed build­ing in Blooms­bury, dec­o­rated in dis­tinc­tive thé au lait ter­ra­cotta, the Prin­ci­pal Lon­don has es­tab­lished it­self as a lux­u­ri­ous lair from which to ex­plore the cap­i­tal’s art gal­leries, in­clud­ing Tate Mod­ern and White Cube. Mo­saic floors and quartzite pil­lars form the mag­nif­i­cent lobby, while you’ll find sooth­ing taupe and vanilla tones and cloud-like four-poster beds in the 334 rooms, some with views over leafy Rus­sell Square. Gas­tronomes are spoilt for choice; there’s the mil­len­nial-pink Nep­tune, which serves boat­fresh seafood and the best cheese­cake in town; a daz­zling, tree-filled Palm Court for af­ter­noon tea; and un­lim­ited bowls of Twiglets in the bar, Fitz’s, where you can sip ex­cel­lent cock­tails un­der a gi­ant disco ball. lh The Prin­ci­pal (www.ph­com­pany.com), from about £225 a room a night.

HO­TEL EDEN ROME

Lo­cated a stone’s throw from the Pi­azza di Spagna and sur­rounded by the pic­turesque Villa Borgh­ese gar­dens, Ho­tel Eden cer­tainly lives up to its name. Close by, you’ll find the Gal­le­ria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, which con­tains Italy’s largest as­sem­bly of con­tem­po­rary paint­ings and sculp­tures, and the 17th-cen­tury Palazzo Bar­berini, an ex­quis­ite ex­am­ple of baroque ar­chi­tec­ture that is also the home of the Gal­le­ria Nazionale d’Arte An­tica. When you have fin­ished ad­mir­ing the works of Raphael, Car­avag­gio and Hol­bein, re­turn to the sump­tu­ous Eden and re­lax with a mas­sage at the idyl­lic spa or dine with panoramic views of Rome at the ho­tel’s splen­did restau­rant, La Ter­razza. cr

Ho­tel Eden (www.dorch­ester­col­lec­tion.com), from about £600 a room a night.

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