Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas, Texas
Displayed throughout the corridors and common spaces for all visitors to enjoy, the Hilton Anatole's varied collection ranges from 12-foot segments of the Berlin Wall painted by Jurgen Grosse to an 18th Century Thai Reclining Buddha fashioned in gilt-bronze.
The hotel has a number of programs in place for guests seeking an interactive art experience, in addition to a Smartphone app that offers details about the hotel's most popular pieces. Programs offered at the Hilton Anatole include curated art dine-arounds, one-mile fitness art walks and more.
"This is technically a private collection, a family collection," explains Brooke Hoffman, the hotel's public relations manager. "The Crow family, who originally built the hotel in 1979, have a longstanding appreciation for the arts, and they rotate pieces in and out from their collection, which is incredibly extensive. They are huge patrons of the arts and world travelers...just this spring we got a beautiful piece commissioned by an Indian artist, a statue of Gandhi."
In addition to the already mentioned panels from the Berlin wall and the Gandhi statue created by acclaimed Indian sculptor Arjun Prajapati, the hotel is also home to a very unique Nebula Kinetic Sculpture that is suspended in an atrium. The kinetic art was created by Californian Reuben Margolin, and is made of ten miles of airline cable, 1,780 pulleys, and more than 4,500 reflectors.
"I couldn't put a dollar value on this collection," Hoffman says. "It's priceless."
The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona
The diverse, multi-million dollar art collection at The Phoenician includes 17th- and 18th-century French tapestries, as well as one of the largest displays of Allan Houser sculptures anywhere. (Houser was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George H. W. Bush, making him the first Native American to receive this country's highest art award.)
Notable among the paintings at the hotel is a piece entitled "Cavallo" by Ferruccio Ferrazzi, which is believed to have been originally displayed in a Florence cathedral, and was later sent to the Mosaic School of Art of the Vatican City for restoration after being damaged during World War II. The Phoenician later purchased the piece for $75,000, the most costly work acquired by the resort up to that time.
The hotel offers a complimentary, self-guided audio art tours for guests, local residents and other visitors. The tour includes about 12 items from collection that are all located around the resort's main lobby.
Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
James J. Coleman was born and raised in New Orleans, but he had a particular love for all things British.
"As a child traveled to England many times" says David Teich, general manager of the Windsor Court Hotel, founded by Coleman.
As an adult, Coleman became a successful businessman and eventually pursued his dream of opening a hotel that was entirely English in character.
"He got the land, did all of the drawings, but he knew there were certain things that would sell it as an English hotel, like offering English tea, and filling the property with English artwork," continues Teich.
From 1978 until 1984, Coleman amassed art piece by piece from collectors in London and around Europe and held it all in storage. Then, in 1984, he opened the Windsor Court Hotel and filled it with all that he had gathered. The property now houses $8 million worth of art including original works by British painters such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.
"The collection consists of original paintings, sculptures and tapestries from the 17th, 18th and 19th century, all original, the vast majority British and depicting Windsor Caste and life on the grounds of Windsor Castle," says Teich. "Some depict royalty. Some depict the castle from various views and some depict the lives of the people who worked on the castle grounds. This is museum-quality art, and these pieces are not behind glass - they are all around the hotel."
Those interested in viewing the collection and learning more about its history can download a Smartphone app that provides an art tour, including a brief description about each piece of work, says Teich. All of the work is displayed in the hotel lobby, second and fourth floors.