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Now that Wal-Mart heiress, Alice Walton, has opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art (it was her millions and her incredible art collection that got the museum off the ground), cultured visitors to the museum in Bentonville, Ark. are in need of an equally cultured place to stay.
The hotel will be located in the city's downtown arts corridor but Bentonville is a small town so the Crystal Bridges museum will still be walkable. The four-story contemporary style building will have 103 rooms, including suites, a fitness center and a sustainable restaurant. In fact, the whole building will be built and operated using green practices and sustainable materials. And of course, there will be art. Lots of it.
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.
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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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.
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.
Look familiar? Yep. The concrete tube hotel phenomenon strikes yet again, this time in Germany and Austria.
Though there are lots of small details that are making us fall deeply in love with this "hotel" and its amenities, we feel this tagline on the website sums things up pretty well:
"dasparkhotel would like to offer a temporary comfortable uncomplicated home for a certain time."
Gee, thanks, dasparkhotel. Read on below to see inside one of the pimped-out drain pipes!
There's something new at The Standard. But reallywhen isn't that the case? Where the ice skating rink brought joy through the winter, now a statue sits, causing more curious and confused stares than anything else. What is this thing exactly? Officially the title of the art piece is "Companion (Passing Through)," and it's a large-scale sculpture of one of artist KAWS' trademark figures.
KAWS, real name Brian Donnelly, is a born-and-bred NYC-area kid, all grown up and a commercial art success. His work adorns $260 hoodies, special-edition bottles of Dos Equis, and even items as mundane as zipper pulls and plain bath towels. We kinda liked his work two or three years ago before the cross-marketing went gangbusters, but his bringing in this massive piece brings the attention back. Plus, the ginormous piece will have pride of place in The Standard Plaza all the way until October of this year, at which point the hotel will probably begin making preparations to re-install the ice rink.
Situated in the artsy River North 'hood, Hotel Palomar Chicago sits amid more than 100 galleries. In fact, River North has the highest concentration of galleries in the United States outside of New York. The Chicago hotel is taking a cue from its neighbors by having its own gallery.
Hotel Palomar its cheekily named "Sleeping with the Artist" series, which features work from Chicago artists. The hotel turned hallways throughout two floors into an exhibit, featuring 15 paintings from two Chicago artists, Justus Roe and Darrell Roberts.
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The Mira Hong Kong's lobby art pieces by Charles Allem.
The first thing you'll likely notice upon entering the Mira, is the dark femininity of the place. The entrance itselfsee more pics of it hereis extremely yonic, and the most prevalent color in the place is an ultraviolet indigo. Therefore, perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised to spot a giant purple Cherub statue in the center of the lobby, a lobby designed by Charles Allem.
Art in the lobby. Sadly not the pop-up art.
Fresh off the announcement of Kimpton's new wine program, the Hotel Palomar Chicago is offering even more stuff to do in the lobby. Through July, the hotel has invited two local artists to take up (artistic) residence at the hotel, hanging paintings by Justus Roe and Darrell Roberts in the halls. The pair will also host occasional salons—with that wine, of course—to discuss their work and the broader city's art scene.
Riffing on the theme, the Palomar will also provide guests an adult art box, which we naturally read as being a box full of adult art. Turns out, it's a box full of art supplies intended for adults. Decidedly less racy—but still interesting!
With coloring books, sketch pads, journals and something called a "make your own masterpiece kit" involved, we're predicting lots of vino-inspired pieces that will look less remarkable in the harsh, bright lights of the following morning. Art: it's a process!
The newest hotel to hit Singapore may well be its coolest: a single-suite pop-up property built around the city's iconic Merlion statue on the quay of Marina Bay. It's going up for the Singapore Biennale, which starts March 13.
Per the Conde Nast Traveler Tumblr:
A stay includes: a double-bed, bathroom, amenities, personalized room check-in, butler and breakfast at the Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Promo alert: the “I should stay at the Merlion Hotel” personal essay contest will give one person a complimentary night’s stay on the first and last nights of the Biennale (3/13 and 5/15).
Bookings in the Tatzu Nishi-designed art piece-slash-hotel will be open April 4 through May 5, with a one-night-only rule in effect and an early, early 8:30 a.m. check out. (Hey, at least breakfast is included at the nearby Fullerton Hotel.) The cost? A supremely reasonable $118 a night. Reservations are by phone only at (+65) 6332-9870, and you'll pay for your stay at the Singapore Art Museum.
The Times' T Magazine takes a deeper look inside the hotel, including its beanbag-outfitted roofdeck, mod lounge and appropriately vibrant breakfast buffet. There's not a review, per se, but they do state something we absolutely agree with, and that's the fact that Brussels suffers from a lack of cool hotels like this. The Pantone is filling a need there, and its rooms from $137 including free WiFi are hopefully a hit.