Heading to Art Basel 2012? Here’s where to book the best hotel in Miami Beach

Founded in the 70′s Art Basel is a global contemporary art show that draws art lovers from around the world. The show is hosted three times a year: in Basel, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and on Dec 6-9, the 11th annual show will be in Miami Beach. Over 260 galleries will be showcasing their work. 

If you’re heading to Art Basel, now is the time to get your hotel. We’ve broken down the best neighborhoods to stay in while you’re in town for Art Basel. 

  • Miami’s Design District: The neighborhood where Art Basel is hosted! Famous for its modern art and fashion scene, the Design District is packed with galleries, showrooms, and art stores. The cultural offerings also draw local residents to the area in search of contemporary art and furniture. The neighborhood also boasts several popular restaurants including Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and Gigi.

  • Coconut Grove:  An upscale tourist destination, it’s known for its variety of restaurants serving cuisines from around the world. Its quiet, residential atmosphere makes for a refreshing change of pace. Cocowalk, an open-air mall in the heart of the Grove, draws shoppers to boutique stores. The Grove’s tourist attractions also include the Miami Science Museum and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, an early 20th century estate preserved as a park.
  • Downtown Miami: The city’s cultural center and home to most of Miami’s museums and entertainment venues. The Miami Art Museum and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida are both conveniently located in Miami Cultural Plaza. Downtown is also known for its parks—the most popular is Bayfront Park, which hosts Miami’s weekly DWNTWN concert series. Bayfront Park also includes Bayside Marketplace, an outdoor mall and popular tourist destination. Nightlife in downtown is centered on "Club Row" on NE 11th Street; locals appreciate downtown nightlife for being less exclusive and pricy than the club scene on South Beach.

Find the perfect hotel for Art Basel in one of these great neighborhoods on Hipmunk!

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Timelapse of Kuala Lumpur takes Malaysia’s capital city from day to night

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.
Singapore-based photographer Rob Whitworth’s stop-motion traffic video from Vietnam has been watched over a million times, and with good reason: it provides us with a view of the crazy motion from Ho Chi Minh City in a way we’ve never seen before.  The same can be said about his new time-lapse, a video weaving together 19,997 photographs into a story of Kuala Lumpur from day to night. Says Rob:

Super-modern buildings juxtaposed with various cultural enclaves and with a little of Asia’s chaos thrown in. My time lapse explores how the city changes from day to night highlighting how spaces dramatically alter during the course of a few hours."

Watch Malaysia’s capital as you’ve never seen it before.
-Jodi

Iceland in Photos

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

As I mentioned when I linked to the "Made in Iceland" video, I recently returned from a long weekend in Reykjavik and the golden circle myself. A free stop-over offer from Iceland Air, I stayed for 4 nights and rented a car to explore the countryside. 

Some highlights below. I’d love to return – so much to see! 

-Jodi

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A geyser in Geysir.

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Reykjavik at night.

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Me taking a photo at Þingvellir.

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Þingvellir’s beautiful scenery.

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Gullfoss,a gorgeous waterfall along the golden circle route.

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