Breakfast beneath a photograph by Annie Leibowitz? In a hotel with works by Picasso, Dalí or Andy Warhol? Here, we present four Romantik Hotels where guests can find art not hanging in a museum. Paintings and sculptures by big names, local artists and creative, young talents. Collected with lots of passion over generations, presented with lots of love – this makes every stay an unforgettable, inspiring experience.
Tour with Picasso and Dalí
A Picasso hangs in the lounge; a Dalí adorns the hallway on the third floor of the hotel. Between them, works by famous artists such as Gustav Klimt or Oskar Kokoschka. All originals, all with their very own magic. “There are 2,000 paintings displayed in our hotel and each has its very own history,” host Stefan Pramstrahler explains. The hotelier says, “My father collected these works of art. He was an art enthusiast and dealer. To this day, artists who are friends of the family stay at the hotel. He smiles. “Some used to even pay for their stay with a painting.” The art in the hotel is a big attraction. Once a week, the host gives guests a tour of the South Tyrolean hotel and explains the background of individual works and the history of the hotel.
Art from 90 countries
She inherited her passion for art from her grandfather. He was an avid collector, and Renate Pizzinini is carrying on the tradition. The senior manager of the Romantik Hotel Cappella in Corvara says, “I’ve traveled to 90 countries with my husband and, in every country, we purchased art for our hotel.” In addition to art from her world travels, she also displays works by celebrated artists such as wood sculptor Aron Demetz or the surrealist Sebastian Matta. Every Tuesday, an aperitif is served in the lobby, then Renate Pizzinini guides visitors down the hallways and explains the origins and histories of her treasures. Some selected works can even be purchased. A hotel that is an art gallery and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Old master meets Andy Warhol
irst documented in 1641, the Romantik Seehotel Sonne is not only rich in history but also art. Here, you can enjoy a large collection of paintings and sculptures as a guest. The works are by renowned Swiss artists and international stars such as Meret Oppenheim, Roy Lichtenstein, Abraham Brueghel (from the famous Flemish artist family) and Andy Warhol. Host Catherine Julen-Grüter, who has been managing the hotel in Küsnacht on Lake Zurich with her husband for 17 years, says, “Our guests find it wonderful to discover and experience these works of art outside of a museum or a gallery. The combination of different paintings and sculptures in the hotel is what makes it all so interesting.”
The building hails from the 17th century and was completely renovated in the late 1990s. Julen Grüter remarks, “The art we display accordingly spans a very wide period of time and extends from Abraham Brueghel in the 17th century to the modern era with Andy Warhol.”
Thinking outside of the box
he Romantik Hotel Altstadt Vienna houses an exciting collection of contemporary art (not only paintings) with works by Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle, Markus Prachensky, and Annie Leibowitz. Saskia Wiesenthal, Art & Social Media Manager at the hotel, says, “My father developed an interest in art early and began collecting. Before he founded the Altstadt Vienna, he had considered opening either a gallery or a hotel. It became a hotel with gallery or a gallery with hotel rooms. Depending on how you see it.”
However, famous artists are not the sole focus. “We want to support young people with their work because they provide a valuable contribution in helping us to think outside of the box. That’s why we organize exhibitions, visit studios and enter partnerships with artists.” Saskia Wiesenthal: “A room feels different, it exudes personality, when good art is hanging in it.”