Best Of 2014

Best Hotel Art: Amy Martz’s "Discovery Moments" at Le Méridien

Best Hotel Art

The Le Méridien hotel chain is known for being a good steward of historic properties, and its ingenious transformation of Tampa’s Federal Courthouse is no exception. The chain also places a strong emphasis on art, carefully curating what’s displayed in the interior spaces; in Tampa it commissioned local photographer Amy Martz to create a series focused on the city’s most intriguing architectural details, and her photos adorn the walls of all 130 guest rooms, as well as a city-curated gallery near the hotel lounge. On top of that, she was asked to do a photo collage at the front entrance (a spot usually reserved at Le Méridien hotels for big-name international artists) and her Tampa Theatre triptych and closeup of cigar presses (who knew they were so beautiful?) are hanging in the lobby.