Art Basel Miami is only a week away – have you nabbed your hotel room yet? If the answer is no, fret not: Lords South Beach is offering 10 percent off room rates, while they last. A real steal, considering most of South Beach is already sold out and/or raising rates for the event's duration. And what is a gay to make of the pandemonium that takes over the city from December 1 through December 4? Why, keep it in the family, of course. Not only can you sleep at the Lords South Beach, but you can party there, too.
As the city’s premier gay hotel, you can bop from fair to trade show to gala opening and end up back at your home-away-from-home for a party amongst the queers – but not before first grabbing an ice cream sandwich from the CoolHaus (www.eatcoolhaus.com) truck parked out front, or hitting up the late-night action at Twist (www.twistsobe.com), just around the corner. While unwinding in the rooms, look for works by NYC-based artist Trong G. Nguyen, who will be installing his works at random, including Is Heaven for Homos, Grilla Girls Gone Wild, and HNH Oz Slippers. Think of it as your Art Basel Gay HQ.
Read on for the full schedule of the hotel's Basel-week events:
Tuesday, November 29: SHHH at Lords South Beach – Basel Kickoff Party. A private party hosted by Erin Newberg, Lauren Foster, and Beau Beasley with special appearances by Amanda Lapore, Cazwell, and Marco Ovando. Open vodka bar from 9pm to 10pm. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 9pm–2am; penthouse
Thursday, December 1: Josh Woods & BOFFO. Legendary party boy Josh Woods and BOFFO host a Basel all-nighter. Music by Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters. Midnight till late; poolside
Friday, December 2: Gay Letter Occupies Lords South Beach. Join two of New York's hottest homosexuals for an unforgettable night at Lords. Brought to you by Tom and Abi of Gayletter.com. 7–10pm; Gold Bar
Sunday, December 4: Detox at Lords. Hosts Alex Piento and Ryan Work help wind it down as Art Frazzle comes to a close. Sip Perrier to detox (or cocktails to retox). 4pm–10pm; poolside
In addition to room discounts and special events, Lords is offering a new Out-and-About App for the iPhone and iPad, a custom concierge created in conjunction with Out magazine and OutTraveler.com for those that want to be in the know from those who are: shopping and style hound Kristian Laliberte from Refiney29, art and culture maven Tim Goossens (formerly of PS.1), club promoter extraordinaire Josh Wood, and your sightseeing and restaurant expert Brian Gorman.
Also, exclusive for ShermansTravel.com readers, we’re giving away one VIP pass each to the Art Asia Miami (www.artasiafair.com) and Scope Miami (www.scope-art.com) ancillary fairs, entitling you and a guest to first views, free entries, and special admission hours. To enter, comment below on what artist or event you’re most looking forward to checking out at Basel and we'll pick a winner at random.
Visit LordsSouthBeach.com and enter promo code SOBE when booking for a 10 percent discount. For general trip-planning info, check out our Miami Travel Guide. Use our Travel Search comparison tool for the best travel deals on flights, car rentals, and more.