Get a dose of local culture at Seattle's Hotel Max

Ali Basye

You probably never thought you'd bunk with rocker Courtney Love,but Seattle's new Hotel Max, which opened in October in the formerVance Hotel, offers an interesting alternative. Each door of the163 guest rooms is plastered with a 6-foot, black-and-white, oftenSeattle-centric photograph―like room 515's life-size image ofLove. All 10 floors feature imagery from Seattle-basedphotographers, and public areas and guest-room walls are adornedwith paintings from 30 local artists, making it the city's mostthoughtfully curated new art gallery. The swanky guest rooms have amore subdued aesthetic, each bathed in rich orange, black, gray,and red tones.

As for the artwork, none is for sale, but all of thecommissioned pieces are gathered in Maximalism, a slick paperbackavailable at the hotel for $20.

INFO: Hotel Max (from $159; 620Stewart St., Seattle; 866/833-6299)

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