Family travel five: Join the art scene at these venues

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Enhance your creative spirits with a visit to these hotels where art takes center stage. Here are five to consider:

1. The Art Hotel, Denver, Co.

Reflecting the cultural vibe that emanates throughout the Mile High City, this boutique hotel offers art lovers a wealth of artistic opportunities. Upon arrival, guest are treated to Leo Villareal’s undulating and never-repeating art installation created from 22,000 LED lights in the Portico Gallery. Works of art can be found in onsite galleries, in public spaces, on every floor and in each guest room. Embark on a self-guided tour of the hotel collection with the aid of complimentary art brochures or sign up for free guided tours offered every Saturday. Well located within the city’s art district, you will be steps away from the Denver Art Museum and other venues of interest to art lovers. After a long day, relax around a fire pit on the Fire Terrace where views of the city will prompt the next day’s plan. Contact: VisitDenver.com; TheArtHotel.com

2. The Summit Hotel, Cincinnati

Billed as a cutting edge newcomer in this southern Ohio city, the Summit was designed to spark creativity and discovery among families who visit. With a nine-story atrium, a library and art gallery curated with local and international work, the 239-room hotel shines a spotlight on the local art scene. Commissioned contemporary pieces adorn public areas from meeting rooms to dining spaces. Colorful and contemporary guest rooms feature floor to ceiling windows and science-inspired wall paper offering an artistic take on DNA, a nod to the hotel’s Medpace neighbor. Well located within the The Queen City, you’ll want to visit the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Pendleton Art Center and perhaps the zoo, and aquarium. Contact: TheSummitHotel.com; Cincinnatiusa.com

3. Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island, Hawaii

Offering more than sunshine, sea breezes and sweet-smelling flora, this 62-acre ocean front resort, on the Kohala coast, is home to the island's largest art museum. The resort’s collection consists of more than 1,800 unique pieces representing Asian, Western and Oceanic cultures. Explore the mile-long Museum Walkway to see paintings by contemporary Hawaiian artists as well and ancient Samoan war clubs and Han Dynasty pottery. Additional pieces, including a 10 foot tall Tang Dynasty marble Buddha can be found throughout the resort. While visiting, families can also learn more about Hawaiian culture through their popular luau where hula and fire dancers tell the story. Contact: hiltonwaikoloavillage.com; GoHawaii.com

4. XV Beacon, Boston

Located one block north of the Boston Common, the hotel’s outstanding art collection, featuring antiques and modern art in a 1903 Beau Arts building, combine to confer status as a hidden gem on the local arts and culture scene. Important pieces in the collection include an ancient Roman mosaic, canvases by foremost portrait artist Gilbert Stuart and works by contemporary abstract paint Maggi Brown. Ask about hotel packages that include VIP tickets to the Museum of Fine arts. Contact: xvbeacon.com/hotel

5. Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris, Paris

Known as an authentic Parisian palace and for its renowned world-class art programming, this luxury property celebrates the Paris contemporary art scene by infusing inspirational elements and famed pieces throughout the hotel. Visionary architect and designer Philippe Starck was responsible for a complete renovation in 2010 at which time he suggested the idea of an art concierge who would curate offerings for art lovers visiting Paris. The concept, now in place, includes preview invitations, private viewings of shows, museums and private collections as well as music lessons and cultural activities for children. The hotel also houses The Art District, a private art gallery showcasing contemporary art, as well as the Art Bookstore, featuring a collection of limited edition books and gifts. Check the calendar to experience new or previously unseen collections which are shown through a rotation of seasonal exhibitions. Contact: letoyalmonceau.com/en

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