For getaway month, this hotel takes us away from the idea that serious art needs to be taken too seriously. Art in the rest room, in the hallway, in the stairwell, at happy hour. The take-home lesson of this independent Minneapolis hotel is that even serious art is meant to be lived with.
Owner Ralph Burnet converted the Chambers from site of an old flophouse and adult book store into a hotel unlike any other. In it are 200 pieces from his own personal contemporary art collection, including a strong showing by Young British Artist Movement.
The hotel maintains its own art gallery, but most striking is how art lives in every corner. It hangs in the bars. It plays on video screens in the restrooms, the hallways and on your TV. It gets rained on. You always notice something you didn't on your last stay.
Photo exterior: Jerry Swanson for Chambers
Photos 2nd from top (room) & bottom (lobby): Stuart Lorenz for Chambers, David