By Shayne Benowitz
Explore these hot hotels during the Art Basel Miami Beach.
Art Basel is the mostly highly anticipated event of year in Miami and if you plan to attend, it’s never too early to book your accommodations. These hotels—many of which boast impressive art collections in their own right—will put you in the heart of the action. Whether they’re new to the scene or have a history of hosting impressive art installations and parties, these hotels promise a good time and a comfortable stay during Miami Art Week.
The Miami Beach EDITION
The Miami Beach EDITION opened in time for Art Basel in 2014 and proved to be one of the hottest spots in town, hosting the exclusive W Magazine party and a killer lineup all week, including Soul Clap, at Basement nightclub. The beautiful new 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 tones, are tranquil abodes for an escape from the frenetic pace of the week.
Soho Beach House
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 catering 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.
W South Beach
A perennial favorite amongst celebrities, W South Beach has the perfect digs for entertaining. 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, amongst others, on rotation. All rooms are luxuriously appointed with oceanfront balconies.
Sagamore, The Art Hotel
Owned by longtime art collectors the Taplins, Sagamore, The Art Hotel is a novel venue to showcase their diverse collection. At no time does the spotlight shine brighter at the Sagamore than during their long held Art Basel Sunday brunch, attended by the likes of Martha Stewart. The hotel’s central South Beach location coupled with relatively affordable room rates in a spacious all-suite format, make this an ideal launching point for Art Basel exploration.
1 Hotel South Beach
As one of the newest luxury hotels on the South Beach scene, 1 Hotel will no doubt have an impressive lineup for its inaugural 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. It debuted in March 2015 during Miami Music Week with a slew of hot parties at its rooftop lounge, so the forecast for a buzzy scene during Miami Art Week is good. 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
For a hotel off the beach, the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami puts you in close proximity to the Wynwood scene and the art fairs in midtown. It’s also proven to be a destination for art consistently producing provocative Art Basel exhibitions and events. For Art Basel 2014, they collaborated with Christie’s and the Andy Warhol Museum for 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.
The Delano is as classic a South Beach hotel as it gets 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.
Aloft South Beach
New to the scene in the summer of 2015, Aloft South Beach is uniquely located on South Beach’s Lake Pancoast, just across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Set inside the historic Ankara Motel, the property boasts some serious Miami Modern kitsch full of dramatic Space Age lines and lots of public space both indoors and out for entertaining. While firmly situated in South Beach, the hotel drew design inspiration from neighboring Wynwood with colorful murals and mural-inspired design elements. Anchored by Stephen Starr’s The Continental restaurant, this lifestyle hotel with high style and (relatively) low room rates promises to sizzle during Art Basel.
Thompson Miami Beach
The Thompson had its big debut during Art Basel 2014, hosting a slew of parties including the Barbie-themed Moschino and Jeremy Scott party—one of the hottest of the week—with Miley Cyrus in attendance and Paris Hilton taking a turn on the turntables. That’s a good sign that the Thompson will be a hotspot once again this year. The kitschy-chic, mid-century design motif makes for a playful and comfortable hotel stay with an expansive poolscape and a restaurant helmed by beloved local chef Michelle Bernstein.
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 to 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 parties with an inclusive air and a Miami-New York connection. For those staying at the Freehand, it has some of the most affordable rates in town with both private and shared rooms in its inventory.
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