Where to Stay During Art Basel
Miami Beach

By Shayne Benowitz | Sep 27, 2017
Damien Hirst's golden mammoth at Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Don't miss Damien Hirst's golden mammoth at Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Explore these hot hotels during Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach is Miami’s most highly anticipated annual event and if you plan to attend, it’s never too early to book your accommodations. The ideal hotel will place you in close proximity to all of the fairs and parties that come with Miami Art Week, while also offering stylish accommodations and a buzzy scene. Some even boast their own impressive contemporary art collections. Read on for some of Miami’s best hotels for art lovers during Art Basel.


Conceived by flamboyant Argentinean hotelier and developer Alan Faena, the Faena hotel in Miami Beach and its corresponding eight-block Faena District is a fantastical world of contemporary art, lavish design, fine dining and whimsy. With show-stopping works of art by contemporary master Damien Hirst, a cathedral-like entrance hall with murals by Juan Gatti, the hotel is a work of art unto itself. With additional venues like Faena Forum designed by Rem Koolhaas to stage performance art, it’s sure to be an exciting destination during Art Basel.

The Miami Beach EDITION

Night view of pool at the Miami Beach EDITION

In years past, The Miami Beach EDITION has hosted the exclusive W Magazine party, as well as a killer lineup at Basement nightclub. The beautiful lifestyle hotel is the epitome of sophisticated modern luxury with restaurant concepts by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a lavish poolscape and a novel approach to nightlife, which includes both an ice skating rink and four-lane bowling alley. The rooms, in all white and natural oak, are tranquil abodes for an escape from the frenetic pace of the week.

W South Beach

The Living Room bar, inside the W South Beach

A perennial favorite amongst celebrities, W South Beach boasts the perfect digs for entertaining. It’s located just across the street from The Bass and Art Basel’s Public Sector. Whether it’s a late night DJ set at Wall or an exclusive dinner at The Dutch, the W is sure to be buzzing during Art Basel. Their lobby bar Living Room is an excellent spot for a cocktail between the fairs and it boasts an impressive contemporary art collection with works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and George Condo. All rooms are luxuriously appointed with oceanfront balconies.


The Sagamore's art filled lobby

Sagamore, known as the Art Hotel, is famous for showcasing its diverse art collection throughout the property. At no time does the spotlight shine brighter than during their Art Basel brunch party, which Martha Stewart has attended in years past. The hotel’s South Beach location coupled with relatively affordable room rates in a spacious all-suite format make this an ideal launching point for Miami Art Week exploration.

1 Hotel South Beach

1 Hotel South Beach lobby

Located in the heart of South Beach, 1 Hotel will no doubt have an impressive lineup for Art Basel. The eco-chic resort is a LEED-certified project with a design aesthetic that brings the outside in. That means reclaimed wood, chic organic white linens and accent furniture inspired by the blue shades of the ocean. Hotel guests will enjoy extra large rooms in a palette of white, pale blue, natural wood and soft golden light executed beautifully by design firm Meyer Davis. The hotel boasts a restaurant by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio with an emphasis on sustainable seafood.

JW Marriott Marquis

db Bistro by Daniel Boulud

For a hotel off the beach, the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami puts you in close proximity to Wynwood, as well as midtown’s art fairs. In recent years, it has produced provocative exhibitions in collaboration with Christie’s and the Andy Warhol Museum with an exhibition and sale featuring rarely seen pieces by Warhol. Home to db Bistro by Daniel Boulud and luxurious rooms with sweeping city views, it’s an excellent destination during Art Basel.

SLS Brickell

Pool at SLS Brickell

When you’re a hotel developed by the benefactor of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, chances are you’ll have a pretty impressive art collection. That’s exactly the case at SLS Brickell, developed by Jorge Pérez’s Related Group. Designed by Philippe Starck with restaurants by two James Beard Award-winning chefs, Jose Andres and Michael Schwartz, it makes for a stylish and delicious new hotel in Brickell. It also places you in close proximity to Wynwood and midtown for art fairs and gallery hopping.


Pool at the Delano

The Delano is a classic South Beach hotel and it’s no stranger to holding court during Art Basel. From impossible-to-get-into parties, pop-up nightclubs and art installations in the lobby, the Delano fully embraces Miami Art Week. This is the place to stay if you want to be in the center of it all.

The Freehand

Freehand Miami, a down-to-earth, community atmosphere

The ultimate in Miami Beach cool, The Freehand vibrates with a totally local pulse. Between the Broken Shaker cocktail bar sprawling throughout the hotel’s eclectic-lush backyard patio and 27 Restaurant serving fresh flavors inspired by Miami’s diverse culture, The Freehand is a natural go-to during Art Basel. Expect a slew of hip, yet inclusive parties. For those staying at the Freehand, it has some of the most affordable rates in town with stylish private and shared rooms available.

Soho Beach House

Soho Beach House Room 49 Terrace 

How do you gain access to one of Miami’s most exclusive members-only clubs? Book a room at their hotel. Soho Beach House is Miami’s outpost of the private club founded in London and caters to those in the entertainment and creative industries (read: celebrities). Expect a slew of hyper-exclusive parties attended by A-listers. If you’re savvy enough to snag a room at this cozy and chic hotel, you might just be savvy enough to get into a party or two.

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