The “Art Hotel” is a very interesting concept which is nothing new, and has been around in various forms and sizes since the 1980s in Europe. Usually art hotels are stand alone business establishments owned by a single owner who loves design and decorates each room with their own collection of art works (both legitimate art and kitsch depending on where you go), and each room is usually decorated differently from the others. Basically it’s a way to get a unique experience while travelling, without having to resort to mundane rooms that look like every other city in the world. Where’s the fun in that?
One of the first travel concierge services in the world, Berlin’s Design Hotels, was actually founded in the early 90’s to help an every growing consumer base (like me and my readers) easily discover the quirky artsy and design-oriented destination hotels, as a viable option to the typical; which are hostels, boring business or family hotels, or the overly extravagant and generic offerings clad in that Vegas-style pizzazz.
Every nook and cranny of Hotel Eclat’s spaces houses an art exhibition.
Twenty years later Design Hotels is still going strong, and with them there a few more, like Smith Hotels, Relais and Chateaux, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World Group, for example of which Beijing’s Hotel Eclat is a member.
The art hotel of today is way different and more competitive than its roots those many years ago. Sure there are still some art hotels with that unique intimate scale that is more familiar to us like Singapore’s New Majestic and Wanderlust, but if we’re talking about China, so the scale is all about big and grand.
Amazing atrium spaces with art on display at every angle.
Hotel Eclat IS an art hotel, but there are also other aspects which make this project very interesting besides it’s gigantic size and scale. Hotel Eclat is the first platinum certified LEED building in China (ie. Green), and it also home to China’s largest contemporary Chinese art collection, as well as housing the largest collection of Salvadore Dali outside Europe.
Dali chairs, you can possibly sit on.
This month, Hotel Eclat introduces eight new Deluxe Pool Suites on the hotel’s roof plus 80sqm. indoor terraces extending out from beyond each suite’s living spaces.
Gasp, a roof pool in Beijing you may ask? Not to worry, every terrace and suite is encased in “ETFE” a breathable green material which allows for natural daylight, yet filters out Beijing’s air and rain. This is the same material that was used to skin Beijing’s Olympic Water Cube and Bird’s Nest buildings.
ETFE material encasing the roof of the building allows an outdoor pool experience in Beijing without pollution or rain.
Like most Art Hotels, Hotel Eclat’s Deluxe Pool Suites have different themes; including ‘Alice’s Mad Hatter’, ‘The Real BAPE’ (as in the fashion brand), ‘Scandinavian Design’, ‘The Eternal Bachelor’, ‘Great love for Classic Sport’, and ‘The Old Boy’s Club’. Mostly male oriented I see….
'The Eternal Bachelor' room is designed with Timothy Oulton's Union Jack inspired furniture.
'Alice's Mad Hatter' hosts playful decor elements and a series of cartoons culptures by Gao Xiaowu.
'Scandinavian Design' offers a subtle bespoke experience, with stylish pieces of natural woods curated by Chinese Designer, Chen Darui.
All suites have a very interesting Dining area. If I stayed here, I would definitely order in! Apparently all meals are prepared by a private Chef and served by a personal butler.
The bedrooms look more than comfortable. This is ‘The Real BAPE’ Suite. (At least I prefer this to a room outfitted with LV or CHANEL stuff, which is probably what it would have been 5 years ago.)
Staying at Hotel Eclat’s Deluxe Pool Suite includes 24-hour access to the Eclat Lounge, which features breakfast and snacks all day.
I really have no idea why you’d want to leave the hotel at anytime you’re staying here, but if you do… well there’s a Gucci Bicycle ready for you downstairs.