For Art Lovers - W South Beach's New Warhol-Filled Art Collection
Since W South Beach opened in 2009, Miami has grown and evolved into a cosmopolitan center with a thriving culinary scene, world-renowned architecture, and leading cultural institutions. Even the city’s visitors and residents have evolved and changed. W South Beach recently reopened after a major design renovation that reflects the city’s evolution and sets the tone for the future of Miami where W South Beach continues to be recognized as one of the leaders in the luxury hospitality space. The famed hotel’s look will maintain its soul and signature features that make the hotel the perennial hotspot for sun-seekers, scenesters and the well-heeled in Miami Beach, while reflecting the city’s evolution.
W South Beach is regarded for its rotating collection of museum-quality contemporary art (and staggering amount of original Warhol’s). The hotel unveiled its refreshed art collection this part winter as part of its $30 million renovation of its guest suites, new spa and leisure spaces.
Owned and curated by W South Beach’s part owner, Aby Rosen, the collection includes an impressive 21 pieces from Andy Warhol, three of which are a collaboration between Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. The collection is valued at $100 million, perhaps the most expensive art collection ever inside a hotel.
W South Beach offers the perfect art-filled escape, known for having the largest guest rooms on South Beach, each with an ocean view. The 357 guest rooms, suites and triplex bungalows were transformed into urban beach retreats, trading dark tones and shiny finishes for natural light, warm oak and a serene vibe.
For over a decade, W South Beach has drawn the world’s most sophisticated travelers and has been the social center of Miami’s major cultural events – including Art Basel, South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Miami Swim Week. As the leader in the market, W South Beach has become known for celebrity guests like Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Tyler, Bono, Lizzo, Pharrell, Mark Walhberg and Tom Cruise. It’s where LeBron James celebrated after announcing that he was taking his “talents to South Beach,” and where Drake has played on New Year’s Eve. It’s where Sports Illustrated forever changed the rules of the catwalk when model Mara Martin strutted on the runway while breastfeeding during Swim Week.