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The Best San Francisco Hotels for Art Lovers

Michele Bigley | January 04, 2018

In a creative city like San Francisco, art is never far away. The newest SF hotel trend morphs hotels into galleries dotted with world-class art from international masters and local up-and-comers. Here are hotels with the most interesting art collections.


Kimpton Buchanan Hotel

Why it made the list

This Japantown property features an onsite art gallery populated with mod creations that might appeal to the young globetrotters who frequent this hotel. Check out the lobby's ceiling light fixture of whiskey bottles that appear to roll with the light.

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Hotel Zelos

Why it made the list

From the elevator's murals to the handsome architecture, this Viceroy property touches on the elemental. Expect art with earthy touches like a wall of succulents, a metallic bar, or the hanging leaf-shaped chandeliers in the lobby.

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Proper Hotel

Why it made the list

San Francisco's most impressive "it" hotel proffers a slick art collection, souvenirs of the owner's world travels. While the lobby lounge might feel cluttered with gilded paintings and etchings, the check-in desk area showcases a well-curated dollop of paintings and sculptures.

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Clift San Francisco

Why it made the list

The Clift Hotel showcases her innovative spirit with rotating digital exhibits flashing on plasma screens in the sexy Redwood Room restaurant and lounge. The etched glass bar, the hand-carved redwood paneling, and the throne large enough to seat a giant all add to the Twin Peaks-style vibe.

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Hotel G

Why it made the list

Throughout the lobby, Hotel G showcases work from Creativity Explored, a local nonprofit that connects local artists with adults with developmental disabilities to create art. The result is astounding--many locals' private collections include at least one piece of work by this nonprofit.

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Hotel Zeppelin

Why it made the list

From the funky lobby to the game room, this entire property is a piece of work worth exploring. Large scale paintings, thought-provoking sculptures, and innovative furnishings make this artsy environment one of the city's most unique.

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Mystic Hotel

Why it made the list

The hotel's artistic director, Michele Foyer, selects a local artist to take over the public spaces and lobby of this Charlie Palmer property. A living exhibit of everything from paintings to sculpture is on display for three months, giving guests a reason to return often.

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The Mosser Hotel

Why it made the list

Known in hipster circles for its proximity to Moscone Center, and the hotel's onsite recording studio, the Mosser Hotel now adds art gallery to its coolness factor. Each month, the property showcases a local artist's work throughout the lobby. Expect mixed media, photography and paintings by some of the Bay Area's most interesting creators.

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Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Why it made the list

As if the lofty atrium lobby weren't enough, this grand dame hotel houses a world-class piece of art. In the Pied Piper restaurant and bar, sit beneath Maxfield Parrish's Pied Piper of Hamelin. The piece was restored in 2013 and is considered by historians to be Parrish's most important work.

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Hotel des Arts

Why it made the list

This art gallery dubs as a budget hotel. Murals painted by Chor Boogie, Maya Hayuk,Shepard Fairey, and Sam Flores back beds. The street art aesthetic highlights globetrotter themes, anime and graffiti culture.

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