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By: Shayne Benowitz

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most highly anticipated event of the social calendar in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, 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 in South Beach, where Art Basel Miami Beach is held. Or you might want to be close to your favorite Miami Art Week satellite fairs, and all the parties that go along with them. Of course, stylish accommodations and a buzzy scene never hurt. Many 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 Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s best hotels for art lovers during Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week 2021.

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Enjoy cocktails & art in the Living Room

South Beach

W South Beach

A perennial favorite among scenesters and celebrities, W South Beach boasts the perfect digs for entertaining. Located across the street from The Bass museum and Art Basel’s Public Sector in Collins Park, the W is sure to be buzzing during Art Basel. The Living Room lobby bar is an excellent spot for a cocktail between the fairs, and it also 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.

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The art collection in Sagamore's lobby is a welcoming treat

Sagamore

Known as the Art Hotel, Sagamore is famous for showcasing a diverse art collection throughout the property. At no time does the spotlight shine brighter than during its star-studded Art Basel brunch party. The hotel’s South Beach location coupled with relatively affordable room rates and spacious all-suite rooms make it an ideal launching point for your Miami Art Week explorations.

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The view from 1 Hotel's balconey brings the outside in

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 2021. The eco-chic resort is LEED-certified, 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 acclaimed design firm Meyer Davis.

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So much art to enjoy in the lobby of Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Mid Beach

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Conceived by flamboyant hotelier and developer Alan Faena, the Faena Hotel Miami Beach and its corresponding eight-block Faena District in Mid Beach 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, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas and often stages performance art during this special time of year. In years past, they’ve also staged lavish fairs of their own with site-specific installations on the beach in front of the property.

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The glowing lobby at Miami Beach EDITION

The 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 its 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.

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Kick back in Freehand Miami's courtyard

Freehand Miami

The ultimate in Miami Beach cool, Freehand Miami is alive with a local pulse. Home to the Broken Shaker cocktail bar with its lush backyard patio and 27 Restaurant and Bar serving fresh flavors inspired by Miami’s diverse melting pot of cultures, The Freehand is a natural go-to during Art Basel Miami Beach 2021. Expect a slew of hip, yet welcoming parties. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, The Freehand has design-forward private and shared rooms with some of the most affordable rates in town.

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Stay in the center of the fun at JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Downtown Miami/Brickell

JW Marriott Marquis Miami

For those who want to focus on the art fairs and parties in Downtown Miami, Wynwood and Allapattah during Miami Art Week 2021, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami puts you in the center of the action. In recent years, it’s produced provocative exhibitions onsite in collaboration with Christie’s and the Andy Warhol Museum. It’s also the official hotel partner of Art Miami and its sister fairs, providing transportation between them and Art Basel Miami Beach. Home to Boulud Sud, offering Mediterranean fare from acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, and luxurious rooms with sweeping views, it’s an excellent destination for a stylish and comfortable stay during Art Basel.

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SLS Brickell is both stylish & fun

SLS Brickell

Jorge Pérez, the benefactor of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the new contemporary art space El Espacio 23, is one of the key developers of the SLS Brickell, and that means the stunning Brickell area hotel boasts an impressive museum-quality art collection. Designed by French surrealist Philippe Starck, it makes for a stylish place to stay and play. It also positions you in close proximity to Downtown Miami museums, Wynwood and Allapattah art galleries, and many of the top Miami Art Week 2021 satellite fairs.

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EAST, Miami is perfectly near the art fairs

EAST, Miami

EAST, Miami at Brickell City Centre is an excellent launching pad for exploring the art fairs and galleries around Downtown Miami and Wynwood. In years past, local gallerist Anthony Spinello has staged alternative art fairs at Brickell City Centre, turning the venue into a work of art. A soaring skyscraper designed by Arquitectonica and crowned by rooftop bar Sugar, EAST boasts some of Miami’s most inspiring views.

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