The rate for this fabulousness? Just $1,179 per night based on a four-night stay. If that doesn’t leave enough in your pockets for art shopping, you could try Art Basel’s travel agent, Turon Travel, which has a discount rate at the W available upon request (with a 3-night minimum). Or, you could go through Expedia, where we found a Spectacular room from $744 a night during Art Basel. You may not get the party invite or the free ride, but you could just stay in the hotel, crash the inevitable parties thrown there, and gawk at the Basquiats and Warhols hung in the lobby.
The works are all from W owner Aby Rosen’s private collection, including this Christopher Wool piece above the Living Room bar. During our visit to the W, our neighbor at the bar told us it was valued at over $1 million. We both shook our heads and downed a Mojito.
Now that the Miami Social cast aren’t filming every episode up at Plunge on the Gansevoort’s rooftop, the hotel is looking to fill its halls with artists and their cooler-than-thou hangers on. To that end, the Gansevoort will be hosting the following events:
* Pulse Art Fair at Gansevoort South
* Pulse Happy Hour for exhibitors and VIPs, from 7-9pm at Plunge and in the lobby
* Pulse Wrap Party: at Plunge, with a synchronized swimming performance
* Surface Lounge at Gansevoort South: A lounge and digital art display by Surface Magazine, open from 11am-5pm daily.
* Surface Closing Party: featuring celebrity commissioned designs, on the final night of Basel.
The cheapest rooms at the Gansevoort South through Turon Travel’s Art Basel package are already sold out, although they do have Ocean View Kings available for $475 a night, with either a 3- or 4-night minimum stay (the page mentions both). The deal includes complimentary parking, WiFi, and a copy of USA Today. Can’t commit to more than one night? You’re best going through Expedia, which has availability on Art Basel dates for $537 a night. Booking direct through the Gansevoort’s website starts at $636.67 a night.
Based on our latest information, the hotel’s long-awaited STK restaurant will be open for Art Basel, but we’re not going to bet the cost of a room on it.
Stay tuned for more Art Basel packages throughout the week, and don’t forget to send us your tips if you’re a regular Basel-ite. And thanks to tipster David Naveira, who gave us his two cents on where to stay here.