Cultural offerings and – to a certain extent – life-enriching local experiences are showing up as standard attractions more and more now that hotels are desperately competing for the attention of recession-savvy travelers. Yet a trio of Fairmont hotels are taking art appreciation to new heights with the introduction of art-inspired features and hotel galleries. At The Fairmont Dallas, the hotel recently teamed up with local artist Bryan Embry to debut the Ross Akard Gallery at The Fairmont Dallas, the first art gallery to open in the city’s famed Arts District in three decades. At Boston’s Fairmont Battery Wharf, hotel guests can tour the on-property Battery Wharf Maritime Museum, a 1,000 square foot museum, free to the public, featuring exhibits about the maritime history of the area and of Boston. In Vancouver, art plays a leading role at the recently opened Fairmont Pacific Rim, starting with the exterior of the building and carrying through the lobby, public spaces and guestrooms. Of particular note is the exterior installation by UK artist Liam Gillick: a running line of repeated Helvetica text which wraps around half of the building’s facade; while the other side of the building glistens silver in the sun and teases with an image that only comes into view from a distance.