As summer spreads good vibes and rays of sunshine across the northern hemisphere, it means it’s time to dust off the trusty outdoor furniture and fire up the barbecue. One welcome trend we’ve observed in 2017 is the growing number of hotels promoting remarkable, one-of-a-kind patio experiences. This week on the blog, we take a look at nine hotels that are decked out.
More than ever, travelers desire immersive experiences. To satisfy that craving, hotels are curating cultural environments, with art as a significant ingredient. Many local artists, galleries and museums now partner with hotels as a way to create a dialogue between destination and traveler. Whether it’s waking up to a celebrity portrait by the legendary Andy Gotts or a conversation with an artist-in-residence, guests depart with a resounding connection to place that goes beyond the traditional hotel experience.
As crime and austerity swept through the Big Apple in the early 1970s, New York City’s Mayor John Lindsay took to a podium to declare a “War on Graffiti.” During this time, the city’s subway system was creaking at the seams, barely functioning and covered in graffiti tags from the city’s burgeoning street art scene. Over the coming years, New York City Hall spent an estimated $300 million in an attempt to keep subway trains and stations free of graffiti, forcing artists to work under the cover of darkness while creating ever more elaborate works.
Inexpensive and good for both one’s health and the environment, cycling has never been hotter. The rise in ridership has lead to bike share programs and dedicated lanes, making many cities much easier to navigate on two wheels rather than four. In tune with the trend, innovative hotels are offering bike-friendly amenities and services to help guests better explore their surrounds—be it beach towns or wine country.
In 1978, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was created to identify and preserve culturally and naturally significant sites around the globe. Almost 40 years later, over 1,000 locales have been bestowed World Heritage status, creating the ultimate bucket list for experiential travelers.
Each year, the World Heritage Committee convenes to discuss potential new additions to this exclusive club, with an average of 20 new entrants added each year. To make the list, a setting or structure must have great historical or cultural significance, with examples including Australia’s Ayers Rock, India’s Taj Mahal and the Italian city of Venice. Paired with the perfect hotel, visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site makes for a culturally enriching getaway.