For those of you that don’t know, Cubism is art in which life is taken apart, analysed and then represented in an abstract form. Artists such as Picasso and Matisse created works in which multiple viewpoints give a deeper explanation of the subject, although cubism applies not only to paintings but also to sculpture and architecture too. Today I’ve been looking at a few hotels across the world inspired by cubes, whether that’s the art movement or just the shape. Here’s a selection of hotels that are definitely not for squares!
This hotel is a great example of the region’s cutting edge architecture, with its 33 rooms made up from cubes and designed to interpret a bunch of grapes bursting from the ground. Built in the medieval village of Villabuena de Alava, this hotel definitely has a unique look, and combines the traditional local wine making heritage with modernity and sophistication. The rooms are contemporary and maintain the cube theme of the hotel, whilst simultaneously being decorated to provide a space for relaxation, and allow stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. While you’re staying here, make sure you visit the nearby restaurants and sample some of the 200+ local wines.
Murano resorts have reinvented traditional notions of Parisian hotels and created the modern and luxurious Kube hotel. Hidden by a secret entrance to the 19th century building, on a quiet street in Montmatre, this hotel describes itself as original and high tech, with the country’s first and city’s only ice bar. The 41 rooms combine cubism with comfort and are kitted out with chic décor, with features such as games consoles, suspended beds or headboards made from glass blocks.
The Rasa resort, Jaipur, takes glamping (see here if you don’t know what glamping is!) to whole new levels. This state of the art resort features 40 modern cube shaped tents, each with a 4 poster bed, will allow you to camp in luxury. Stay here and you’ll be provided with a real fusion of the city and the outdoors, and of old and modern architecture.
If you’re into cubist art, make sure you go to the House of the Black Madonna in the Old Town area of Prague. This cubist building, designed by Josef Gočár, is now open to the public as a museum of Cubism. If you need somewhere to stay nearby, why not try the luxury 5* President Hotel, which is within walking distance of Prague Castle, the Jewish Quarter and the Old Town.
Stayokay’s state of the art Rotterdam Hostel is in the stunning cube houses and is in a great location to visit museums and local attractions, go shopping and enjoy the local night life. View our Rotterdam hotel guide here.