Aiming For A Black-Owned Art Basel Experience? Start By Staying At The Gabriel Hotel

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  • Published on November 7, 2023
  • In Culture

One of Miami’s premier hotels, The Gabriel South Beach, is Black-owned and offers the quintessential, aesthetically gorgeous experiences that art lovers will love.

Every year, Art Basel pulls together millions of people who are looking to appreciate the work of the world’s foremost artists, great Miami weather and lively events. Much like the city, the weekend is a melting pot of of culture, but as of late, the 21-year-old event has made efforts to increase Black representation in gallery fronts, event planning and partnerships.  

This matters because light was shed on the annual art show’s lack of diversity, and many called for better. For instance, in 2020, Art Basel’s online version of the fair didn’t feature one Black-owned gallery. Fortunately, this has spurned a concerted effort to do just that, and more Black artists have been put on center stage over the last two years. Visitors have also been more intentional about creating a wholly-Black Art Basel experience, and fortunately, you can start with where you stay. 

One of Miami’s premier hotels, The Gabriel South Beach, is Black-owned and offers the quintessential, aesthetically gorgeous experiences that art lovers will love.

The exterior of the Gabriel Hotel South Beach (Jasmine Browley)

The boutique property is nestled in the heart of world famous Ocean Drive, steps away from the beach. It boasts 132 rooms, two pools including a glass-bottom rooftop pool on the roof overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a modernist-decorated, breezy lobby.

The Gabriel Hotel, glass-bottom pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean (The Gabriel South Beach)

“Guests will find a 30-foot-tall mural by the French-born, Los Angeles-based street artist Mr. Brainwash, known for his large-scale installations and prints of celebrities like Madonna, Kate Moss and Marilyn Monroe and his practice of subverting cultural iconography similar to Andy Warhol and Banksy,” a Gabriel Hotel rep says. 

Mr. Brainwash Mural (The Gabriel South Beach)

One of my favorite features is the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service to Wynwood, one of Miami’s most artful neighborhoods and the bloodline of Art Basel. It houses renowned galleries, artists, creators and thought leaders. Another standout feature, beyond the eye-pleasing art, The Gabriel South Beach ushers guests into the Miami experience with a myriad of in-facility amenities like a Courtyard Bar, access to Meet Dalia, an indoor/outdoor Mediterranean restaurant serving a menu by executive corporate chef, Patrick Ochs.

 

THE ROOM

Gabriel South Beach- Premier Ocean Front King (The Gabriel South Beach)

I was able to stay in the Premier Oceanfront King Suite with a breathtaking view of the beach. Its layout includes a full living space, spacious bathroom and airy bedroom that features the signature Gabriel tropical decor. The room comes fully equipped with a mini-fridge, curated mini-bar, and Illy Espresso Machine.

Gabriel South Beach – Bathroom (The Gabriel South Beach)

Overall, if you’re looking for a luxurious way to kick off your Art Basel experience, add Gabriel South Beach to the top of your list. 

Bookings can be made here.

Jasmine Browley is the current Business Editor for Essence Magazine and is responsible for penning stories at the intersection of the workplace and Black culture.

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