In­dulge your cre­ative spirit at these ho­tels

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Celebrations - BY LYNN O’ROURKE HAYES Fam­i­lyTravel.com

En­hance your cre­ative spir­its with a visit to these ho­tels where art takes cen­ter stage. Here are five to con­sider:

1. THE ART HO­TEL, DEN­VER

Re­flect­ing the cul­tural vibe that em­anates through­out the Mile High City, this bou­tique ho­tel of­fers art lovers a wealth of artis­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties. Guests are treated to Leo Vil­lareal’s un­du­lat­ing and never-re­peat­ing art in­stal­la­tion cre­ated from 22,000 LED lights in the Por­tico Gallery. Works of art can be found in on-site gal­leries, in pub­lic spa­ces, on ev­ery floor and in each guest room. Em­bark on a self-guided tour of the ho­tel col­lec­tion with the aid of com­pli­men­tary art brochures or sign up for free guided tours of­fered ev­ery Satur­day. Well lo­cated within the city’s art district, you will be steps away from the Den­ver Art Mu­seum and other venues of in­ter­est to art lovers. Af­ter a long day, re­lax around a fire pit on the Fire Ter­race where views of the city will prompt the next day’s plan.

Con­tact: Visit­den­ver. com; Theartho­tel.com

2. THE SUM­MIT HO­TEL, CINCIN­NATI

Billed as a cut­ting-edge new­comer in this south­ern Ohio city, the Sum­mit was de­signed to spark cre­ativ­ity and dis­cov­ery among fam­i­lies who visit. With a nine-story atrium, a li­brary and art gallery cu­rated with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional work, the 239-room ho­tel shines a spot­light on the lo­cal art scene. Com­mis­sioned con­tem­po­rary pieces adorn pub­lic ar­eas from meet­ing rooms to din­ing spa­ces. Col­or­ful and con­tem­po­rary guest rooms fea­ture floor to ceil­ing win­dows and sci­en­cein­spired wall paper of­fer­ing an artis­tic take on DNA, a nod to the ho­tel’s Med­pace neigh­bor. Well lo­cated within the The Queen City, you’ll want to visit the Cincin­nati Art Mu­seum, the Pendle­ton Art Cen­ter and per­haps the zoo, and aquar­ium.

Con­tact: Th­e­summitho­tel.com; Cincin­natiusa.com

3. HIL­TON WAIKOLOA VIL­LAGE, BIG IS­LAND, HAWAII

Of­fer­ing more than sun­shine, sea breezes and sweet-smelling flora, this 62-acre ocean­front re­sort on the Ko­hala coast is home to the is­land’s largest art mu­seum. The re­sort’s col­lec­tion has more than 1,800 unique pieces rep­re­sent­ing Asian, Western and Oceanic cul­tures. Explore the mile-long Mu­seum Walk­way to see paint­ings by con­tem­po­rary Hawai­ian artists as well as an­cient Samoan war clubs and Han Dy­nasty pot­tery. Ad­di­tional pieces, in­clud­ing a 10-foot Tang Dy­nasty mar­ble Bud­dha, are through­out the re­sort. Fam­i­lies can also learn more about Hawai­ian cul­ture through their pop­u­lar luau where hula and fire dancers tell the story.

Con­tact: Hil­ton waikoloav­il­lage.com; Go­hawaii.com

4. XV BEA­CON, BOS­TON

Lo­cated one block north of the Bos­ton Com­mon, the ho­tel’s out­stand­ing art col­lec­tion, fea­tur­ing an­tiques and mod­ern art in a 1903 Beau Arts build­ing, com­bine to con­fer sta­tus as a hid­den gem on the lo­cal arts and cul­ture scene. Im­por­tant pieces in the col­lec­tion in­clude an an­cient Ro­man mo­saic, can­vases by fore­most por­trait artist Gilbert Stu­art and works by con­tem­po­rary ab­stract paint Maggi Brown. Ask about ho­tel pack­ages that in­clude VIP tick­ets to the Mu­seum of Fine arts.

Con­tact: XVbea­con.com/ho­tel

5. LE ROYAL MONCEAU – RAF­FLES PARIS, PARIS

Known as an authen­tic Parisian palace and for its renowned world-class art pro­gram­ming, this lux­ury prop­erty cel­e­brates the Paris con­tem­po­rary art scene by in­fus­ing in­spi­ra­tional el­e­ments and famed pieces through­out the ho­tel. Vi­sion­ary ar­chi­tect and de­signer Philippe Starck was re­spon­si­ble for a com­plete ren­o­va­tion in 2010, he sug­gested the idea of an art concierge who would cu­rate of­fer­ings for art lovers vis­it­ing Paris. The con­cept, now in place, in­cludes pre­view in­vi­ta­tions, pri­vate view­ings of shows, mu­se­ums and pri­vate col­lec­tions, plus mu­sic lessons and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren. The ho­tel also houses The Art District, a pri­vate art gallery show­cas­ing con­tem­po­rary art, and the Art Book­store, fea­tur­ing a col­lec­tion of lim­ited-edi­tion books and gifts. Check the cal­en­dar to ex­pe­ri­ence new or pre­vi­ously un­seen col­lec­tions, are shown through a ro­ta­tion of sea­sonal ex­hi­bi­tions.

Con­tact: Leroyal monceau.com/en

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