Where To Stay During Art Basel Miami Beach

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Explore these hot hotels during Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach is Miami’s most highly anticipated event of the year, so it’s never too early to book your accommodations. The ideal hotel will place you in close proximity to the Miami Beach Convention Center where Art Basel Miami Beach is held or close to your favorite Miami Art Week satellite fair - and all the parties that come with them. Of course, stylish accommodations and a buzzy scene never hurt. Many Miami hotels even boast their own impressive contemporary art collections, as well as exclusive Art Basel Miami Beach parties and events. Read on for some of Miami’s best hotels for art lovers during Art Basel Miami Beach 2018.

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Conceived by flamboyant Argentinean hotelier and developer Alan Faena, the Faena hotel Miami Beach and its corresponding eight-block Faena District is a fantastical world of contemporary art, lavish design and fine dining. With show-stopping works by contemporary master Damien Hirst and a gilded cathedral-like entrance with murals by Juan Gatti, the hotel is a work of art unto itself. Additional venues include Faena Forum designed by Rem Koolhaas, which will stage performance art during Art Basel Miami Beach 2018.

    Miami Beach Edition

    The Miami Beach EDITION is always a hotspot during Art Basel, playing host to exclusive parties and flaunting a killer lineup at their Basement nightclub. It’s the epitome of sophisticated modern luxury with two restaurants 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

      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 in Collins Park. 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.


        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 and spacious all-suite rooms make this an ideal launching point for Miami Art Week explorations.

          1 Hotel South Beach

          Located in the heart of South Beach, 1 Hotel will no doubt boast an impressive event calendar for Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. 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 enjoy extra large rooms in a palette of white, pale blue, natural wood and soft gold executed beautifully by design firm Meyer Davis.

            JW Marriott Marquis

            For those who want to focus on the Downtown and Wynwood art scene during Miami Art Week 2018, the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami puts you in the center of the action. In recent years, it produces provocative exhibitions onsite in collaboration with Christie’s and the Andy Warhol Museum with an exhibition and sale featuring rarely before seen pieces by Warhol. Home to db Bistro by Daniel Boulud and luxurious rooms with sweeping city views, it’s an excellent destination for a stylish and comfortable stay during Art Basel.

              SLS Brickell

              The benefactor of the Pérez Art Museum Miami is a key developer of SLS Brickell and that means the stunning new Brickell hotel boasts an impressive museum-quality art collection. Designed by Philippe Starck with restaurants by two James Beard Award-winning chefs, Jose Andres and Michael Schwartz, it makes for a stylish place to stay and play. It also positions you in close proximity to Downtown Miami museums, Wynwood art galleries and Miami Art Week 2018 satellite fairs.


                The Delano is a classic South Beach hotel and it’s no stranger to holding court during Art Basel Miami Beach. 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

                  The ultimate in Miami Beach cool, The Freehand is live with a totally local pulse. Between the Broken Shaker cocktail bar with its eclectic-lush backyard patio and 27 Restaurant serving fresh flavors inspired by Miami’s diverse melting pot of cultures, The Freehand is a natural go-to during Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. 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

                    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 boutique hotel, you might just be savvy enough to get into a party or two.

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