Art Basel Miami Beach returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center December 1 to 4 and with it comes a dazzling array of satellite fairs, art installations and VIP parties. As the glitterati descend on Miami, here are the best hotels for art lovers and scenesters to check into.
W South Beach
With its rotating collection of museum-quality contemporary art including pieces by Warhol, Condo and Basquiat, W South Beach (pictured at top) has long been a celebrity and scenester magnet. It’s also positioned at the foot of Art Basel’s Public Sector in Collins Park at the Bass Museum.
2201 Collins Ave., South Beach; 305-938-3000; wsouthbeach.com
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
From its flamboyant hotelier Alan Faena who sees his “life as an artistic expression” and insists on wearing all white, to artistic direction by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catharine Martin, and landmark contemporary works by Damien Hirst and Juan Gatti, one could argue that Faena Hotel is a work of immersive art in and of itself.
3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-8800; faena.com
The Miami Beach EDITION
With Basement nightclub featuring a Discobox dance club, four lane bowling alley and ice skating rink, there’s no doubt The Miami Beach EDITION will be throwing some of Art Basel’s sickest after parties. With lavish penthouse and bungalow abodes, it’s also one of the plushest places to take a disco nap between art fairs and parties.
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4500; editionhotels.com
The Standard Spa Miami Beach
The Standard always provides a great atmosphere to decompress during Art Basel. Whether it’s a Lazy Sunday BBQ by the pool, a spa treatment or an exclusive event, The Standard is bound to have balanced Basel programming.
40 Island Ave., South Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com
The Freehand and its Broken Shaker is always a bastion of chilled out good times during a frenzied week of art fair and party hopping. Sure to host its own hip, provocative and inclusive events, this hostel-hotel has some of the cheapest rooms on the beach.
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727; thefreehand.com
Soho Beach House
A safe haven for the celebrity set, A-listers will undoubtedly flock to Soho Beach House during Art Basel.
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7900; sohobeachhouse.com
From hosting impossible-to-get-into pop-up clubs like Silencio to art installations in the lobby, Delano remains a classic stop on the Art Basel circuit.
1685 Collins Ave., South Beach; 305-672-2000; delano.com
While the Biltmore in Coral Gables is a bit off-the-beaten-Basel-path, they’ve created a $15,000 VIP package including five nights at the luxurious hotel in a suite, a consultation with global art expert Judy Holm, curated art fair tours with a personal guide, and 14 hours per day of private chauffeured transportation to and from the fairs and events for one to six guests.
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 855-311-6903; biltmorehotel.com
Sagamore Miami Beach
With Sagamore’s Art Basel Saturday brunch one of the most coveted invites of the weekend, this art hotel curates a special exhibit every year.
1671 Collins Ave., South Beach; 305-535-8088; sagamorehotel.com
EAST, Miami at Brickell City Centre is the newest hotel in Miami’s financial district with its flashy Sugar rooftop bar and Quinto parilla restaurant. With a devotion to arts and culture is also part of its pathos, the hotel group, based in Hong Kong (home to Asia’s Art Basel since 2013), is showcasing a new installation by Chinese artist Ye Hongxing in the lobby (pictured at top).
788 Brickell Plaza, Brickell; 305-712-7000; east-miami.com