Museum-Worthy Stays Around the World

written by | Posted on February 27th, 2013

Brown Hotel in Tel Aviv.

With major museum exhibits opening across the globe, here are our top picks for cities your clients should visit this spring.

Zagreb
Opening this spring in Zagreb, Croatia, is the Picasso: Masterpieces of the Musee National Picasso in Paris exhibit, which runs from March 23-July 7 at the Klovicevi Dvori Gallery. The exhibit will feature 56 paintings and sculptures, in addition to 40 photographs.

“The upcoming Picasso exhibit in Zagreb is a unique art event that will draw art aficionados to Zagreb this spring and summer,” says Andreja Cvitkovic, director, Croatian Tourist Office New York. “According to the gallery hosting the exhibit, Klovicevi Dvori, this will be the largest exhibition of Picasso’s representative works ever shown in this part of Europe. This is also the last time the pieces will leave the native Paris museum which gives the exhibit some exclusiveness.”

The exhibit will feature work such as an 1895 painting, “The Man with a Hat.” A portrait from 1937 of Pablo’s muse, the Croatian Dora Maar, will also be on display.

“Zagreb is lovely in the spring when everything is in bloom and terraces are full of people enjoying the first warmer days after winter,” Cvitkovic says. “It is a great time to see Zagreb’s cultural offerings with its many museums, galleries and studios, and this exhibit just adds an additional reason to see Zagreb this spring.”

For more on the gallery, visit galerijaklovic.hr.

Nearby, the five-star Esplanade Zagreb features 208 guestrooms and suites located in the center of town. The hotel, which opened in 1925 as a refuge for Orient Express passengers, features two signature restaurants; a spa; complimentary WiFi; and a luxury bath menu, consisting of bath scents and more.

Rates start at $160 per night. For more information, visit esplanade.hr. For more on Zagreb, click here.

Tokyo
From April 9-June 2, the Tokyo National Museum is featuring the Grand Exhibition of Sacred Treasures from Shinto Shrines. The exhibit marks the 62nd grand relocation of the Ise Jingu shrine, and will showcase the statues and treasures of the Shinto Shrines. The museum, which first opened in 1872, showcases art and antiquities from Japan and other countries in Asia. For more information, visit tnm.jp.

Located in Tokyo’s business district, Design Hotels’ Park Hotel Tokyo is set in a triangular skyscraper in the Shiodome Media Tower. A 10-story atrium runs through the hotel and the 273 guestrooms all face out. Rooms feature off-white furniture with fabric-covered walls, satellite and pay TV. The hotel also features Michelin-star French and Japanese restaurants; a dining bar and lounge; and a relaxation space with aromatherapy treatments and massages.

Rates start at $250 per night. For more information, call (800) 337-4685 or visit designhotels.com. For more on Japan, visit jnto.go.jp/eng.

Tel Aviv
The Design Museum Holon opened in 2010 and is easily accessible from Tel Aviv. Currently closed, it will reopen March 19 with the exhibit Lady of the Daisies, which pays tribute to Lea Gottlieb, the founder of bathing suit company Gottex. The exhibit, which runs through May 4, also kicks off Design Week Holon, which will showcase exhibits to the public throughout the city’s galleries, as well as in the museum’s courtyard. For more information, visit dmh.org.il.

A hot boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, Brown TLV Hotel features 30 rooms ranging from Solo to Deluxe, with a king-sized bed, walk-in shower and sitting area with double couch. The rooftop sundeck offers panoramic views, as well as a bar, open daily. Meanwhile, the spa offers guests signature massages, as well as couple’s packages featuring a spa suite with jacuzzi, bottle of cava and petits fours.

Call for rates. For more information, visit browntlv.com. For more on Israel, visit goisrael.com.