Artful sleeps: 3 Gallery-esque Hotels in Western Canada

L-R: Hotel Arts, Renaissance Edmonton Airport, Skwachays Lodge
L-R: The stylish lobby of Hotel Arts, peekaboo into Halo Bar & Bistoro Renaissance Edmonton Airport, the exterior of Skwachays Lodge

I love a stylish slumber – a stay at a hip hotel that not only includes the comfort of high quality bedding or considered conveniences (think: bar fridge, room service menu, free wifi), but also curated aesthetics. Hotels might be there to party/sleep/love but they’re also a great place to be inspired/amazed/stimulated.

A artful hotel can be vibrate with the brash, independent art undercurrent of its hometown. Or it can be a homage to the masters. Or maybe it embodies a theme of place via room design and vibe. The three hotels below do all of these easily.

Author Joan Didion once said: “Of course great hotels have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service.” The three hotels below are mirrors of their city’s arty atmospheres. Whether you’re a winter-loving jet-setter, a honky-tonky hipster or anthropological wanderer, these properties are worth at least a night if not five: The Renaissance Edmonton Airport, Hotel Arts in Calgary and Skwachays Lodge in Vancouver.

When it comes to ooh-la-la factor, each of these art-filled abodes are as different as they come in terms of layout, ethos and locale. Join me for a wee tour of what it’s like to sleep in an art gallery, art hotel.

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