Art Basel Miami Beach Hotel Guide

 

The best hotels and packages for those looking to experience everything Miami has to offer during Miami Art Week. Lots of new additions!

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By Shayne Benowitz | shayne@shaynebenowitz.com

Art Basel Miami Beach opens its doors at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Thursday December 5, and the international art world is set to flood the city. With satellite fairs, parties and art happening everywhere, here's a round up of the city's best hotels with art on offer and packages geared towards the fairgoing crowd.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami (255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8620) has created a picture perfect package for those arriving in Miami to explore the city’s art offerings during Miami Art Week. As an official hotel sponsor for Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, Art Miami and the Perez Art Museum, they’re also unveiling two exhibitions on their 5th floor curated by Christie’s. The first features works from Ettore Sottsass’ private collection and the other focuses on 20th century decorative arts and design, including works by Antoni Gaudí, Isamu Noguchi and Claude Lalanne. The exhibitions will be open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 3-5.

The JW Marriott Marquis also boasts its own museum-caliber art collection with over 16 pieces of urban works on display throughout the hotel. The collection, curated by Soho Myriad Art Consulting Services, is worth over $1 million. For guests of the hotel, the Great Marquis Art Invasion package will provide premium accommodations, museum and fair access and all the creature comforts any serious collector requires. 

The “Great Marquis Art Invasion” package includes:

  • Premium accommodations for two 
  • Eat your “Art” out with dinner and wine pairing for two at Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne 
  • Complimentary admission for two to the brand new Perez Art Museum 
  • Behind the scenes tour of Art Miami 
  • Bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial champagne upon check-in 
  • Classic Swedish Massage for two at enliven spa and salon 
  • Package available December 2-9 
  • Rates start at $959 per night 
  • To book, click here or call 305-421-8620 
  • Use Booking Code: D18 and Rate Code: DPTN 

 

Acqualina Resort & Spa

Sunny Isles Beach’s Acqualina Resort & Spa (17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305-918-8000) is inviting fairgoers to retreat into the lap of Mediterranean luxury at their towering 286-room oceanfront resort during Miami Art Week.

The “Art Basel” package includes:

  • Daily transfer to and from the Miami Beach Convention Center 
  • Art Basel Miami Beach admission tickets for two 
  • Daily (non-cumulative) $40 spa treatment credit for up to two adults at Spa by Espa 
  • Package available December 5-8 
  • Room rates start at $650 per night with minimum three-night stay required 
  • To reserve, click here  

 

Sense Beach House

For those looking to infiltrate Miami’s burgeoning local art scene during Miami Art Week, the 18-room SoFi micro-boutique Sense Beach House (400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-538-5529) is offering the Wonders of Wynwood package. The epicenter of Miami’s gallery and street art scene, as well as a hub for trendy local bars and restaurants, Wynwood is a must-visit for any art enthusiast. Get initiated with a two-hour Saturday morning Wynwood Art Walk tour by a local guide and visit four to five top galleries, as well as six to eight murals.

The “Wonders of Wynwood” package includes:

  • Two-night weekend stay 
  • Daily complimentary breakfast at Local House 
  • Saturday morning Wynwood Art Walk tour for two 
  • Package rate is $569 
  • Valid through the end of December 
  • To book click here or call 305-538-5529 

 

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

In collaboration with the publication ArtNexus, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami; 305-913-8288) will present a special exhibition of contemporary Latin American art in its atrium lobby during Art Basel Miami Beach. Curated by Celia Birbragher, founder, editor and publisher of ArtNexus, the exhibition celebrates the City of Miami as the crossroads of the Americas and emphasizes Latin American art. Artists whose work will be on display include Allora y Calzadilla of Cuba and Puerto Rico, Ioli de Freitas of Brazil, Leon Ferrari of Argentina, Dr. Lakra of Mexico and Jose Bedia of Cuba and Miami. Opening Monday December 2, the exhibition will be part of a weeklong silent auction benefitting the ArtNexus Foundation, a non-profit focused on promoting the arts through enrichment of the artistic community and art preservation.

Hotel guests can enjoy:

  • Room rates starting at $689 per night
  • A complimentary Mandarin Oriental Art Book
  • For more information and reservations, click here or call 305-913-8288

 

Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

During Art Basel, from December 5 to 8, guests of the The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach (One Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 786-276-4000) will have exclusive access to Art Basel Ambassador, Noel Lanzas. The veteran concierge and art aficionado has developed his own “Art Basel Bible,” a comprehensive book of all activities, art openings, showings, installations, exhibits and parties of the week. At your service, Lanzas will be on hand to create custom itineraries, book private transportation, secure hard to snag dining reservations and tickets to the most sought after parties.

The hotel's lobby will be transformed by Wynwood’s Diana Lowenstein Arts Gallery to present Light and Paper by German sculptor Angela Glajcar. The large scale installation, suspended above the lobby, is made of fiberglass fabric combining states of equilibrium and lightness, and is intended to evoke an emotional reaction. The work will also be projected onto the hotel’s façade for passersby along Collins Ave. and Lincoln Rd. to see.
 
The public is also encouraged to visit the Ritz-Carlton’s $2 million dollar contemporary art collection, featuring Latin American and European artists, including Spanish painter Joan Miro.

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and to book a room, click here or call 786-276-4000.

 

W South Beach

With a prime location across the street from Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public sector at Collins Park and a short walk to the Convention Center, the W South Beach (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3000) is an ideal hotel for the serious fairgoer. Built in 2009, the 408-unit condo hotel offers picturesque ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows in every guest room.

Its onsite restaurant Mr. Chow will host a Balloon Venue Sculpture by Jeff Koons with Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003 nightly from Tuesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 8 from 6 p.m. to close.

The hotel also boasts an impressive contemporary art collection with original works by Damien Hirst, Tom Sachs, Kenny Scharf and George Condo, amongst others on display in its public spaces on a rotating basis. Two rare paintings created by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat in collaboration will be added to the hotel just in time for Art Basel. 

Additionally, all guests of the property will take home a complimentary golden skull tablet stand by emerging Detroit-based artist Doug Schwartz. The hand-poured resin, skull-shaped tablet holds an iPad, tablet or mobile phone (or even sunglasses) upright, encompassing both functionality and clean design.

For more information on W South Beach and to book a room, click here http://www.wsouthbeach.com or call 305-938-3000.

 

Sagamore

Known as The Art Hotel, the 92-suite Sagamore (1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-535-8088) is helmed by its owners’ eponymous art collection, The Cricket Taplin Collection, since 1997. Cricket, along with her husband Marty, has made art the focal point of their South Beach oceanfront hotel.

During Art Basel this year, along with Senior Curator for Media Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum John Hanhardt, the hotel will present Framing the Moving Image. The exhibition explores the way artists capture, compose and represent traditions and histories, as well as the changing material landscapes—locally and globally—through the moving image. The exhibit is open to the public and will feature site specific installations, film, video, performance art and photography by such artists as Bill Beirne, Shannon Plumb and Ken Jacobs.

The Art Hotel is also the host of the 12th Annual Sagamore Art Basel brunch, an invitation only event held Saturday December 7 in collaboration with six local museums.

For more information on Sagamore and to book a room, click here or call 305-535-8088.

 

Delano South Beach

A mainstay of South Beach style and nightlife, the Philippe Starck-designed Delano South Beach (1685 Collins Ave., 305-672-2000) has a week brimming with both art and parties. 

In collaboration with Spring Studio, the hotel will feature a 12-foot tall gold plated dragon sculpture by Michael Benisty in the Orchard, as well as a photography exhibition by Raphael Mazzucco in the lobby, both open to the public daily from Tuesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 8.

For those who want to get their day started on the right foot, Grey Area and lululemon present Rise & Shine poolside yoga at 9 a.m. daily from Wednesday, December 4 through Friday, December 6. Classes will feature limited edition yoga mats created by seven artists, available for purchase at $90 each.

The Media Room will feature short films by Ed Roche, John Baldessari and David Hockney from 4 to 5 p.m. daily from Wedneaday, December 4 through Saturday, December 7.

For the nightlife cognoscenti, FDR will transform into New York City hotspot 1 OAK to debut Parisian party spot Raspoutine, starting at 11 p.m. Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8.

For more information on Delano and to book a room, click here or call 305-672-2000.

 

Mondrian South Beach

A modern interpretation on Sleeping Beauty’s castle designed by Marcel Wanders, the Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500) overlooking Biscayne Bay has a weeklong lineup focused on poolside retreats and easy access to the most coveted fairs.

Scope Art Fair + Fiat have arranged VIP and Platinum shuttle service between the Mondrian, Scope and Art Basel Miami Beach from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Tuesday, December 3 through Sunday December 8.

FriendsWithYou will debut a Somwhere Over the Rainbow installation over the pool that will be on view through January 15. The ephemeral Le Baron pop-up will preside over the pool with a daily party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 through Saturday, December 7. And a sunset yoga class will be on offer poolside at 4 p.m. daily Wednesday, December 4 through Friday, December 6. The class, presented by Grey Area and lululemon, will feature limited edition yoga mats created by seven artists, available for purchase at $90 each.

Additionally, the Semi Automatic + BASE 24/7 vending machine will be stocked with new items by BASE + FURIA + TOKYO beginning December 1. Items range in price from $20 to $500.

For more information on Mondrian and to book a room, click here or call 305-514-1500.

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