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You can stay at the Mondrian...on Sunday.
It's Day 3 of the Art Basel Miami Beach Week of Crazy so please don't ask us to recount all the parties at hotels and who's been buying which pieces of art. What we can tell you is that it's not too late to get your Basel on.
Most of the A-listers and big names may clear out by the weekend, but there are still events happening and on Sunday night you can get a room at one of the hot hotels--at a much cheaper rate.
Le Baron, the pop-up version of the French nightclub at the Delano's Florida Room is still on Sunday night, from 11 p.m. til late--and perhaps at the tail-end of the week regular peeps will have more luck at the door. Rooms at the Delano start at $420 on Sunday.
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Forget Turkey Day, Black Friday and even Cyber Monday. Miami's huge-as-hell holiday week kicks off tomorrow with the first of the Art Basel Miami Beach parties.
Daytime may be for the galleries but nighttime is once again a hotel-heavy affair, and one of the hottest invites in town comes courtesy of none other than Andre Balazs.
Tomorrow night Balazs is hosting the launch of super-cool designer Marc Newson's speedboat, the Aquariva--yep, that's it pictured above--at the The Standard Miami.
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While most folks are focused on Thanksgiving travel and meals, down in Miami the focus is already on Art Basel Miami Beach, the art fair that comes to town from December 2–5.
And all those collectors and scenesters accustomed to the buzzy dining scene in New York will be happy to hear that chef John DeLucie (of The Lion and The Waverly) moves into The Raleigh.
The new restaurant will be called The Royal and should bring some excitement back to the hotel that was dumped by Andre Balazs just over a year ago.
With Art Basel in town, South Beach hotels have been full of socialites, fashion designers, models, and, uh, action stars this week. It may not be odd to see a celebrity in town for the Basel nightlife, or perhaps shopping for art, but this one—Sylvester Stallone—was showing it. And schmoozing with the artsy folks at The Setai after a hard day exhibiting.
Apparently, Stallone has been a part-time painter for 30 years, but his foray into the Art Basel world makes him a pro. He sold at least two pieces this week, one to a gallerist for $50,000, and another to Steve Wynn. That’s right, stay at the Wynn Las Vegas in the coming months and you may just see a $40,000 masterpiece by Rocky hanging in the Wynn Art Collection.
The Mondrian South Beach
Apparently, hotel bookings are picking up in Miami (profits, not so much), and there’s no hotter week than this one. That’s right, Art Basel is here! Shop for art all day, play all night! South Beach hotels are prime party spots, although many of course are private events. VIP invites aside, here’s a sample of some of the hottest parties in town over the next few days. Even if you can’t get in, you may be able to spot a socialite or bona fide celeb if you crane your head far enough in the lobby.
The W South Beach
Tonight: Art dealer Larry Gagosian hosts a swanky private dinner at Mr. Chow.
Thursday: W owner Aby Rosen hosts art-world pals Tico Mugrabi, and Peter Brant at a dinner at Solea. Later in the evening, Vito Schnabel, Alex Dellal, and Stavros Niarchos host a Basel after-party at The Wall.
Friday: We Rock the Arts throws a poolside bash with performances by Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Jesse Yusef Murphy (Brazilian Girls).
If you haven’t booked your Miami hotel room for Art Basel yet, we have another deal to throw into the mix. Stay at the Four Seasons Miami for three nights and get the third night free. With Art Basel running from December 2–7, the timing is ideal. Sure, rooms at the Four Seasons are on the high end, but this is still a pretty good deal considering how much hotels across the city jack up their rates while all the art buyers are in town.
No promo codes are necessary—you can simply punch in your dates at the hotel’s website, and as long as you stay the minimum three nights, you’ll see the savings reflected in your rates. They start at $376 a night (with tax) once the free night is applied. (It’s $500 a night for the first two nights, nothing for the third). Or, if you’re feeling flush you may want to spring for the one-bedroom suite, which works out to $753 a night, including tax. Rooms in all categories are still available over the Art Basel period.
But it looks so pretty!
But given what happened there last year during Art Basel, one guest is not returning. A tipster wrote into us with her account of The Delano during Art Basel:
My stay at the Delano in '08 was anything but posh. Two mornings in a row I woke up to no hot water, to make matter worse I was at Art Basel for work.
The hotel said a pipe burst and after I complained they took 50% off one night. They assured me it would be fixed, but the next morning still no hot water. What did they give me that day, free breakfast, but no adjustment to the bill.
Needless to say, I will not stay there this year which brings me to my second tip for HotelChatter. There is a campsite available for use in Miami during Art Basel, does this mean the show has finally jumped the shark?
Art galleries and wine go together like rum and cigars. But in Key Biscayne, they like to shake things up. So when the folks at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne decided to do something special for Art Basel, they decided to pair it with their Old Havana-style den, RUMBAR. That’s where the hotel is hosting a private pre-Art Basel cocktail soiree for artist Carlos Estevez on December 1st. It’s invitation only but if you happen to be a guest at the hotel we bet you can sweet-talk your way in.
The party marks the unveiling of the largest work Cuban artist Estevez has ever created—an 8-foot circular painting on canvas—so you should be able to find your way to the festivities without too much trouble. (You could also follow the sounds of RUMBAR’s resident Latin band Grupo Nostalgia, who will be jamming at the event.)
Boy, that Miami is an arty town, huh? With Art Basel approaching next month, loads of hotels are coming out of the woodwork to remind us that they are art-oriented year round. We’ve already covered the art-collector owners of the W South Beach and the Riviera South Beach, and today we bring you two other Miami hotels bursting with pride at what’s on their walls.
First up, the posh-zen oasis of South Beach, The Setai. Sure to be the temporary home of many Art Basel fans with deep pockets—and the site of the swankiest art parties—The Setai was keen to remind us that it’s something of a gallery in its own right any day of the year.
Heading to Art Basel in Miami? Think about all those parties you’ll want to hit up (or crash). Then think about the mornings after when you have to drag yourself out of bed, pull together an art-world-approved outfit, and be able to mingle and say insightful things about all that art. You know what will make it easier? Staying as close as possible to the Miami Beach Convention Center, where most of the Art Basel exhibitions take place. This will minimize your morning angst— but if you want even more help figuring out how to navigate art browsing and shopping, the Riviera South Beach can do that too.
One of the hip South Beach Group properties, the Riviera is owned by local art collectors Alan and Diane Lieberman and was designed with art in mind. “I pulled inspiration from legendary designer Dorothy Draper and my personal love of art and design,” says Alan Lieberman. “I wanted to create a posh, hip hotel that’s affordable in the most happening neighborhood in South Beach.”
Even though Art Basel is a busy time in Miami, both the art world and the hospitality industry have seen better times. Cue the scramble to fill those hotel rooms! Most of the properties in Miami Beach are rolling out special Art Basel promotions, and today we take a look at two big hotels right next door to each other: the W South Beach and the Gansevoort South.
W South Beach
Still riding its “hot new property” buzz, the W South Beach is bound to host its fair share of art-world scenesters who want to be seen. Its special Art Basel “Arrive to Escape” package features the following:
* A four-night stay in a Fantastic suite with an ocean view and private balcony
* VIP transportation from the airport to the hotel
* Two tickets to Art Basel’s invite-only Vernissage party
* Complimentary Acura car service to South Beach Art Basel shows (subject to availability
* Two cool cocktails upon arrival
Thanksgiving may be just around the corner, but so is one of the most pivotal dates on the Miami social calendar: Art Basel. So if you’re an art geek or just like crashing artist parties, it’s time to start thinking about where you’ll stay in Miami for this year’s show, which takes place December 3–6.
With artworks by over 2,000 artists on display, Art Basel events will be held all over town, from South Beach to the Design District, where many of the artist studios are located. But the center of all the public exhibitions and events is the Miami Beach Convention Center, towards the north of South Beach’s Art Deco district.
All this means there are plenty of hip hotels within walking distance, from the Sanctuary, the Catalina and the Riviera, to the Raleigh, Setai, and W South Beach. Also nearby is a new outdoor venue for this year, at Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets. Known as the Oceanfront, it will be the site of a café, beach concerts, and the Art Basel Conversations series.