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Looking Back on Art Basel 2013: A Virgin Shares Her Observations

January 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Art Basel happened last month and it's taken our resident (Culture) Club Kid Brandy Alxander, and Art Basel Virgin, a while to process all that she saw and did. (Also, we kinda forgot about it in the holiday mix.) Nevertheless, here are some useful observations and tips to keep in mind for next year.

Every year for a week in December, Miami transforms into a city full of galleries and open bars for Art Basel. Thousands of artists and art enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the city, home to the U.S. branch of Art Basel since 2002. The art show originated in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, and last May, Art Basel expanded to Hong Kong.

After I was publicly shamed for not knowing what Art Basel was (I just moved here a few months ago from Vegas), I decided to venture into South Beach and check out the Basel bacchanal. Here's what I learned:

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Last-Minute Rooms for Art Basel: Totally Doable, If You Have Cash or Low Standards

December 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

The good news about Art Basel is that there are still hotel rooms available. The bad news is they cost more than some pieces of art that's on sale at the massive art fair.

Here's a quick run-down from Expedia for hotel rooms from tomorrow, December 4th, checking out December 6th

· LOEWS MIAMI BEACH: $559
· EDEN ROC MIAMI BEACH: $729
·Something called THE GRAND BEACH HOTEL: $859 (ironically, the hotel's website claims "affordable luxury")
·RITZ-CARLTON SOUTH BEACH: $799
·THE ANGLER'S: $909

Meanwhile, looking on the app HotelTonight for rooms for, duh, tonight is a little better. We found the Catalina (across from the SLS, Delano and Sagamore) to be just $232 while the Dream South Beach is just $239. Even the Standard Miami Beach is not too grossly priced at $499 a night.

And to be fair, there are several smaller hotels with decent locations in Miami Beach that can still be had under $300, but they won't be very plush. Still, it's a place to rest your heady after a long, party-filled day. Just remember, Miami Beach is a bit of a construction zone so be sure to plan accordingly as you party hop.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Miami's Art Basel-Palooza: Which Hotels Are Doing What

December 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Art Basel, one of the top art shows in all the world bringing international modern masters and emerging talent together, is now on in one of the hottest cool capitals in the world, Miami. And of course, the city's vibrant hotel scene is getting in on the party. Here's a shortlist of what's happening at which hotels this week. Stay tuned tomorrow when we round-up some last-minute hotel options:

The Gale Hotel believes in starting early with their "Brunch Before You Basel" special featuring a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. The party can start as early as 10 a.m. by calling 786-975-2550 to make a reservation.

Irish-born, London-based street artist Fin DAC will be making a splash at the Lord Balfour Hotel during Baselpalooza (yep, that's ours). Early last week the artist started working on a mural of a modern-day geisha on the hotel's interior courtyard wall. Visitors can watch art being created and may even get spray painted if they stand too close.

Miami Beach's Hotel Astor is launching the pop-up lounge Drinking Room on December 3. It will be run by the Food Network winner of Chopped, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and, aside from such intriguing cocktails as the "Grow a Pear" and small plates including "Carbonara Croquetas," during Art Basel famed chef Janice Wong of Singapore will partner with Rapicavoli to create edible art installations that will hang on the walls. Oooh... gooey. If patrons get involved it could quickly turn into Performance Art. For a reservation, call 305-531-8081. '

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Inside Freehand Miami: At $21 a Night, It's More Than A'ight

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  Site Where: 2727 Indian Creek Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
January 24, 2013 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (0)


Inside an 8-bed room

No one ever got anywhere by calling something a "revolutionary concept." That phrase is played out right along with "funky fresh." Instead let us say this: if Freehand Miami plays its cards right and doesn't get too big for its britches (double idiom sentence!), it has the real potential to be crazy awesome and quickly multiply to conquer cities beyond Miami. Oh wait, that's exactly their plan (for 10 properties!), so what you're about to read is the future, baby.

The Freehand is a hostel with some private rooms and it's not trying to hide that fact. It is, however, a fancy hostel with an interior by Roman & Williams, staff uniforms designed by Timo Weiland, artwork by local Miami artists, and cocktails by Bar Lab.

Shared bunk rooms start at $21 a night (per person), while private rooms begin at $109 (per room). Beyond the rooms (8-bunk, 4-bunk, private king) the Freehand benefits from an inviting lobby, a bar (The Broken Shaker), back garden courtyard, a lovely pool, a side garden of table tennis and other yard games and, eventually, there'll even be a restaurant.

We stayed for three nights at the beginning of Art Basel, the week of their debut, paying a total of $122 for two people in the coed 8-bed room. We were however "upgraded" to a 4-bed room as the 8-beds weren't totally ready.

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The InterContinental Miami's Newest Art is a 19-Story LED 'Digital Canvas'

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  Site Where: 100 Chopin Plaza [map], Miami, FL, United States
December 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you're driving into Miami or sailing out of it on a cruise ship, keep your eye to the skyline at night as the InterContinental Miami just celebrated the completion of a $30 million dollar renovation (remember those Venus Williams-designed suites?) by introducing a new light show on its two main facades.

The 19-story LED show has several scenes; it varies from spelling out "WELCOME TO MIAMI" letter-by-letter to a lava flow to a dancing girl (video below). No music will accompany the dancing girl, but playing songs like "Lights" by Ellie Goulding and "Miami" by Will Smith sync extremely well.

Entourage star Jeremy Piven did the honors of turning the lights on, but it was really a night to celebrate Warhol contemporaries Ultra Violet (a painter/sculptor) and Patrick McMullan (the famed photographer), both of whom contributed their creative juice to the lobby of the hotel.

Click through to see our video!

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Last-Minute Art Basel Miami: Drama on Our Final Night

December 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM | by | Comment (1)


Our room at The Betsy

If you want to talk about high hotel rates, let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official days are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but we've been in Miami all week hotel hopping, so we decided to throw caution to the wind for a little experiment: last-minute, day-of hotel reservations for what are the highest peak days in Miami's calendar. We're calling it "Operation Last Resort."

This is our final night of Operation Last Resort, after last-minute stays of the good (at The Dream) and the bad (at The Shelborne). The roller coaster only intensifies with some serious drama that all started with our decision to try another last-minute booking app: Jetsetter Now.

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Last-Minute Art Basel Miami: Two Nights of Regret at The Shelborne

December 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you want to talk about high hotel rates, let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official days are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but we've been in Miami all week hotel hopping, so we decided to throw caution to the wind for a little experiment: last-minute, day-of hotel reservations for what are the highest peak days in Miami's calendar. We're calling it "Operation Last Resort."

Day two of Operation Last Resort, or really it's days two and three since we booked two nights at this next property. Sadly, all last-minute stories can't be as great as Day One, and ours is a cautionary tale.

Again using the HotelTonight app, we went for two nights at Miami Beach's The Shelborne for $428, plus tax totaling $484. Now add two days of $25 resort fees and the real total is actually $534. Believe it or not, this was actually the cheapest option for these dates. ACK-Art Basel!

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Last-Minute Art Basel Miami: Using HotelTonight to Score a Dream

December 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you want to talk about high hotel rates, let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official days are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but we've been in Miami all week hotel hopping, so we decided to throw caution to the wind for a little experiment: last-minute, day-of hotel reservations for what are the highest peak days in Miami's calendar. We're calling it "Operation Last Resort."

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More Hotel Hopping Stops for Your Art Basel Miami Datebook

Where: Miami, FL
November 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

So, you've got the W South Beach and Warhol at the InterContinental in your Art Basel itinerary. What's next? Right this way, for some more hotel-hopping highlights during Miami's big, bombastic art fair-party...

Lords South Beach: 'Gay central headquarters for all the fabulous Basel boys and girls,' says a rep. We love that this bright spot on the beach never takes itself too seriously. Their Basel fun kicks off next Tuesday with a private party featuring Amanda Lepore in the penthouse. Wednesday is the Gayletter.com party and Thursday there'll be music by Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters for a poolside all-nighter. Sunday? That's Detox (or 'cocktails to retox'), baby.

UPDATE: The Gayletter.com party will happen on Friday, December 2. Check out the Facebook page for more details.

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Art Basel Hotels That Will Leave You Some Money to Buy Art

Where: Miami, FL
November 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Some of last year's Basel-related public art, near the W South Beach and The Setai.

Last week, we gave you some hot hotel-Art Basel event dates to jot down in your calendar. Today, we look at where you might be able to sleep, after all that gallery-hopping and partying. Of course, if you haven't booked yet, your chances of snagging a sweet stay are slim. But here are our top picks from what's still available.

Intercontinental Hotel Miami: Yes, it's downtown, but don't forget, this is where you can hang with Andy Warhol (er, photos) and it's also close to some other downtown artsy hotel action, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and the Mandarin Oriental Miami.
How much? Expedia has a special rate of $299 a night.

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Hang With Andy Warhol at the InterContinental Miami

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  Site Where: 100 Chopin Plaza [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33131
November 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

We never pictured Warhol as an InterContinental type (perhaps more of a Jane/Bowery/Gramercy Park Hotel denizen or even a St. Regis dude). But we were wrong because the superstar is checking into the Intercontinental Hotel Miami from November 30 through January 1.

Yep, we're following up yesterday's initial list of Art Basel Miami Beach hotel happenings with a standalone item today—because, well, it's Andy Warhol, people. And thanks to Andy, we're all of a sudden looking at the IC Miami through a much cooler lens.

The hotel has been a fixture downtown for 25 years and is on the receiving end of some new renovations.

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Miami's Most Wonderful Time of the Year is Almost Here

November 17, 2011 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

And we don't mean Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, either. We're talking, of course, about Art Basel Miami Beach.

The bustling art fair and all its satellite events, exhibitions and packed-to-the-rafters parties takes place December 1–4, although the fun begins a few days before that, with the glam gallerist gang getting into town right after Turkey Day weekend.

As always, hotels are a hot-bed of Basel activity. This isn't the definitive guide, as venues are still finalizing their event deets, but here's a sampling of what's happening. We'll have more info on Basel happenings soon--as well as a last-minute room-rate check for the late-to-the-party art fans among you.

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