Beyond the Art Basel 2018: How to get the most out of this year's event

Beyond the Art Basel 2018: How to get the most out of this year's event
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Miami is home to an impressive array of educational and creative activities each year, one of them being the Art Basel 2018. This prestigious exhibit will welcome artists, galleries and visitors from a multitude of countries, who expect to, not only enjoy the fine works on display, but also the countless recreational opportunities this magical city has to offer.

After attending this fabulous event, you will have to make additional choices, such as deciding where to stay, where to find the best available culinary options and discover places where to relax, dance and enjoy the rest of each day. The potential for leisure activities in Miami is unparalleled! Instead of following lists and guides that will leave you yearning for more, we would like to provide you with the information you will need in order to get the most out of your visit!

Art Basel will be celebrated on an ideal date of the year: from December 6 to the 9th, providing you with an excellent opportunity to spend unforgettable Christmas vacations in Miami!

Where to stay

When it comes to lodging, the hotels that will let you get the most out of this experience, due to their proximity to the Miami Beach Convention Center are:

Grand Beach Hotel Miami Beach:

Built in 2009 and completely renovated in 2018, the Grand Beach Hotel is only an 8 minute drive away from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Most of the rooms in this luxurious establishment feature separate bedrooms, spacious lounges, two bathrooms and balconies that will let you admire the breathtaking beauty of the Florida coastline.

W South Beach:

Located just 11 minutes from the site hosting Art Basel in 2018, W South Beach features remarkably ample and luxurious rooms, each with their own private balcony and ocean views. It's a great option for those who wish to spend time in a lavish hotel where they will feel right at home. It offers a great variety of recreational spaces, swimming pool, gymnasium, a relaxing spa as well as tennis and basketball courts.

The Betsy Hotel at South Beach:

Just 15 minutes away from the Miami Beach Convention Center, the tropical ambiance of the Betsy Hotel at South Beach will welcome those searching for ideal accommodations while attending Art Basel in 2018. This establishment offers a discreet and pleasant setting, attentive customer service, first class restaurants and spaces where individuals or groups will be able to mingle or conduct business meetings.

Marseilles Hotel:

The Marseilles Hotel is located right next to the seaside on Collins Avenue, the picturesque Art Deco district of Miami Beach, just 6 minutes away from the site hosting Art Basel 2018. Its privileged location allows visitors to enjoy the thrilling options available in the South Beach area, including shops with attractive discounts, restaurants offering the rich flavors from the cultures that coexist in the city and the vibrant beat of its exciting nightlife.

The Gates Hotel South Beach:

The bright outdoor areas at the Gates Hotel in South Beach, decorated with contemporary and futuristic designs, are ideal for playing, relaxing or getting ready to make the most out of your time in Miami. It is located on Collins Avenue, at walking distance from Ocean Drive and only 12 minutes away from the Art Basel 2018 exhibit. Amenities include a sophisticated children's playground, restaurants with menus that fuse a wide variety of culinary trends, dining and conference rooms, stores and exclusive environments that combine the elegance of modern comforts with the best of classic luxury.

Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club:

The Four Seasons Hotel opened its doors on New Year's Eve 1930 and since then, has left its mark on the history of Miami Beach as one of its finest establishments. Conceived to comfortably accommodate today's most demanding travelers, it has received high praise due to its refined sophistication, excellent Italian food, world class spa and convenient location, just 15 minutes from the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Where to eat

Once you arrive to the city, you will gain immediate access to the best gastronomy in Miami. Get ready to discover a myriad of wonderful options and treat yourself to a great variety of beverages, meals, cafés and bars.

While attending Art Basel 2018, we recommend you taking advantage of the fine culinary establishments located within the convention center as well as those available in the Miami Botanical Garden.

Zuuk: a delightful option, specialized in bowl foods, colorful Mediterranean dishes and salads.

My Ceviche: serves delicious and fresh ceviches and salads.

The Butcher's Block: its menu includes a great selection of roasts and sandwiches to order.

Lizarran: enjoy authentic and exquisite Spanish tapas in a cozy and friendly atmosphere.

Oyster Bar: treat yourself to a refreshing variety of champagne, wine, beverages and fresh oysters.

Restaurant by Michy's: Michelle Bernstein's gourmet cuisine never fails to impress.

Zak The Baker: sample the creations of a master baker including freshly baked pastries best served with coffee.


The Basement at The Miami Beach Edition Hotel:

This underground club-lounge is ideal for dancing and enjoying a grand after party once you have attended the Art Basel event. It offers fun amenities such as an intimate Discobox dance club, an ice skating rink and a four lane bowling alley.

Doheny Room at Delano:

Doheny Room at Delano is a destination you should not miss while staying in the South Beach area. This renowned club excels at providing guests with exclusive soirées by its poolside or in the comfort of its welcoming lobby.

Liv at The Fontainebleau Hotel:

Liv, a futuristic nightclub dedicated to art enthusiasts at the Fontainebleau Hotel, remains a superb choice, boasting a wealth of flair for excellence and VIP service. It combines an alluring lounge with a dance floor equipped with the latest in intelligent lighting, color LED displays and state-of-the-art entertainment technology.

Mana Wynwood:

Mana in Wynwood is considered one of the finest venues for cultural shows and festivals. Its solid infrastructure allows it to easily accommodate concerts, art exhibits and a vast array of creative events.

Sweet Liberty:

Sweet Liberty is the best-kept secret of a legion of passionate music fans in the South Beach area. Its atmosphere is embodied by a melange of post-modernist, industrial and tropical styles. As soon as you come in, you'll notice exposed beams and a splendid palm wallpaper in contrast with a bar brimming with sparkling bottles. This animated, yet discreet restaurant/cocktail bar, offers live music and the luring rhythms of an indie DJ.

The Art Basel 2018 is definitely more than just a few art exhibits, it offers an unparalleled cultural and recreational experience you should not miss!