Luxury Hotels


At THE MARTINEZ in Cannes there are smiling-making artworks on the lobbies of the main staircase  – see the Alan Walsh fourth floor landing art, above. Walsh, 41, is an English-born Monte Carlo gallerist with a background in advertising and motorsports. Lots of colour.

On the walls of elegant room #290 at HOTEL DE PARIS in Monte-Carlo, there are a couple of significant metre-square artworks. Gold-framed, one is origami, white card cut to imply waves, with some ‘under waves’ in all-over gold. The other is in the style of Katsushika Hokusai’s famous blue woodcut work ‘The great wave off Kanagawa’. Like the Walsh shown, both these wave representations make a lasting impact.

And what a delight that is. Girlahead can honestly barely remember hotel bedrooms for their art…. for the record, the Hôtel de Paris room was also memorable for its discreet taupe and gold colouring, its rug-free wood flooring, and the view across the harbour to the palace. The spa’s admirable facial is primarily remembered for its lasting effect. Dinner at Le Grill was highlighted by food, service and conversation – though there is an oval panel in the otherwise-white ceiling that shows all-over clouds and which, apparently, can be rolled back in summer.

Back to art. What is remembered, in a negative way, is when hung pieces are either inappropriate and/or cheap or otherwise displeasing. Nightmare would be allocated a ‘Francis Bacon suite’. The mind shudders at the mere thought.

But let’s be positive. Thinking of the two wave representations brings back thoughts of how thoroughly enjoyable and stylish the entire hotel was. Will owners please remember that investment in art can indeed offer satisfactory ROI as look at something nice and the natural instinct is to spend more.



Olivieer Thomas

« With about 700 events and 300 days of sunshine a year, Monaco is the perfect getaway all year round.

Ideally located on the iconic Casino Square, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo has always been the perfect place to see and to be seen for almost 160 years.

Fine dining at the Grill or the Louis XV-Alain Ducasse, shopping in of the 53 boutiques surrounding the hotel, gambling in style at the adjacent Casino de Monte-Carlo, getting inspired by a memorable show at the Opera de Monte-Carlo … the true Monte-Carlo lifestyle starts here. »