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We've featured quite a few art hotels on Been-Seen, but none with a bedroom as original as one we uncovered at the Hotel WindsoR in Nice. Among many other creative spaces, it boasts a room coated in gold leaf.

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The 19th-century facade of the hotel gives you no hint of what is inside it. Like all art hotels, each room at Le WindsoR is totally different, each designed by a different artist. This golden box, designed by Claudio Parmiggiani, is the ultimate in minimalist decadence (if such a thing exists). Luminous bare walls and a plain white bed, with a shaft of light entering through the window. We'd love to know what it feels like to sleep in a space like this…

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If that doesn't whet your appetite, there are plenty of other rooms to choose from. Above is Olivier Mosset's Matisse-inspired room, complete with giant lightbulb. Below are three others by Ben, Philippe Perrin, and Jean Le Gac.

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Le WindsoR is in a constant state of flux, every year asking new contemporary artists to come along and leave their mark on the building. Each room is different, the fruit of the imagination of each artist, a reflection of his work, a voyage of discovery. Some have more traditional frescoes, featuring fairies and mythical creatures, while others (like those above) are vivid and unexpected.

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Another big attraction at the hotel is the tropical garden, draped in bamboo, bougainvillea and fruit trees, with a musical installation by Michel Redolfi – and the spa (below), whose stone walls and Buddhist sculptures are as unexpected as the rest of the building. And did I mention the gold bedroom? RM

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