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|The Clarion Collection The Claridge Hotel is a boutique-style Miami Beach
hotel located in the heart of Miami Beach, just 20 minutes from the Miami
International Airport and five minutes from Ocean Drive. Nearby attractions
and points of interest include: American Airlines
Arena - South Beach - Coconut Grove - Coral Gables - the
Miami Beach Convention Center - the Miami Seaquarium
University of Miami and Florida International University - A wide variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment areas are
located in the surrounding area. The on-site
Mediterranean/Italian Cuisine restaurant
features breakfast and dinner.
Rediscover Miami Beach as it was meant to be. This hotel is an extraordinary restoration of the 1928 hotel building with every modern amenity, including a fitness center, free weekday newspaper and tour desk. Click on Explore the Brands of Choice Hotels International® for additional information, to make a reservation, or see all of the hotels offered by Choice Hotels.
Comfort Inn & Suites
|The Comfort Inn & Suites South Beach is conveniently located in the heart of
the Art Deco District, within
walking distance from the beach. Nearby attractions and points of interest
include: Ocean Drive - the Miami Beach Convention
Center - Miami Arena - the
Mall of the Americas - Bal Harbour. Shops and restaurants
are just blocks away. Amusement parks, theatres, night life and museums are
close by. The Miami International Airport is six miles from the hotel.
Guests of this Miami Beach hotel are invited to enjoy many amenities including: a free deluxe continental breakfast - free weekday newspaper - free local calls - tour desk - valet cleaning services. All guest rooms include mini-bars, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers and coffee makers. Suites have comfortable sitting areas and tables with chairs in the living rooms. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms are available. Click on Explore the Brands of Choice Hotels International® for additional information, to make a reservation, or see all of the hotels offered by Choice Hotels.
|The Comfort Inn & Suites Miami Airport is ideally located one mile from the
Miami International Airport and
walking distance from Miami Springs Historical Circle. Nearby attractions
and points of interest include: American Airlines Arena
- Miami Beach - the
Miami Metro Zoo - the
Miami Beach Convention Center - the Port of Miami
- Bayside Market
Place - the Miami Seaquarium - South Beach. There is a golf
course within walking distance of the hotel. A variety of restaurants and
cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area. Be sure to visit the
on-site Dockside's Café Lounge,
which serves lunch and dinner.
Full-service amenities and features include: Free 24-hour airport transportation - Free deluxe continental breakfast - Free weekday newspaper - High-speed Internet access - Exercise room - outdoor Olympic-size pool - data ports - access to copy and fax services - Banquet and meeting rooms - discounts to golf courses - gift shop. Be sure to take advantage of the tennis, racquetball and basketball courts located on the property. In addition to standard amenities, all recently renovated guest rooms include coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers.
Courtyard Miami Beach
The beautiful Courtyard by Marriott Miami Beach Oceanfront opened its doors in January 2004 after a complete $40 million renovation. The hotel boasts 263 well appointed guest rooms with complimentary high speed internet access. Breakfast is served daily in the Courtyard Cafe. Carrabba's Italian Grill is now open, providing lunch, dinner and in room delivery service.
Magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and breathtaking sunrises make this property unique, featuring balconies in most oceanfront rooms! For additional information, or to make a reservation, click on Courtyard by Marriott.
|Courtyard Miami Beach South Beach
- The Courtyard by Marriott Miami Beach South Beach is a historical landmark
that has been restored to its full glory recapturing the elegance of the
1940's. Located in the Heart of South Beach's Art Deco district exuberant
architecture, the Courtyard by Marriott exceeds the expectations of today's
business, leisure and meeting guest with modern comfort, superb amenities
and exceptional service in a unique setting.
For additional information, or to make a reservation, click on Courtyard by Marriott.
Z Ocean Crowne Plaza Hotel South Beach is an exclusive, all-suite boutique hotel located on Miami Beach's famed Ocean Drive and just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. As one of the best hotels in Miami, we offer our guests an intimate retreat from busy South Beach along with a location within walking distance of the area's premier entertainment. Our South Beach luxury hotel's 79 lavishly appointed suites on five floors are unmatched. A myriad of gold tones glow throughout each suite, enhanced by sunlight streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows and glass balcony doors. Jerusalem marble floors and rich mahogany furnishings balance the radiant tones in each suite. Our luxury hotel in Miami is the ultimate couples retreat with plush king-size beds dressed in luxury linens and overstuffed pillows for an experience like no other. The 27 Rooftop Terrace Suites feature expanded interiors, spacious terraces and exciting views. A spiral staircase leads to your personal rooftop lounge, enclosed by lush landscaping and complete with a four-person roman tub, wet bar, dining and lounge areas, and a surround sound system with iPod dock. A remote-controlled sunshade and retractable curtains provide privacy. A stay at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, is nothing short of extravagant. You'll discover a haven to relax, renew and rejuvenate your spirit and body. Discover the best South Beach luxury hotel in Miami. For additional information, or to make reservations, click on Crowne Plaza Hotels - Click here or on InterContinental Hotels and Resorts
Welcome to the Days Inn South Beach. Our hotel is an Oceanfront property located right in the heart of the famous South Beach district. The hotel is nestled in the Art Deco & Night Life District within walking distance to the convention center and three blocks from the Jackie Gleason Theater. We offer many amenities including, high speed wireless internet in all rooms, breakfast room, outdoor pool, self parking, fee applies (limited space & no truck or large vehicle parking) and 22 channel cable/HBO. For additional information, or to make a reservation, click on Check Out Days Inn's Special Offers Today, Click Here Now!
The Days Inn North Beach is a first-class hotel located just steps from the beach. The hotel is famous for its spectacular location on a quiet palm tree-line oceanfront street. Situated within easy walking distance to great restaurants and shops minutes from the famous South Beach Miami Beach Convention Center Port of Miami Miami International Airport Dolphin Stadium Miami Orange Bowl Key Biscayne Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami.
The guest rooms are beautifully appointed many of the rooms have panoramic views of the ocean. All rooms are thoughtfully furnished and equipped with all the modern amenities for your comfort and convenience. At the Days Inn North Beach you are always in elegant surroundings. The lobby is spacious and luxurious and you will enjoy your breakfast in the tropical terrace beautiful oceanfront restaurant and lounge bar. The hotel is convenient to other fine dining shopping and entertainment venues. For additional information, or to make a reservation, click on Check Out Days Inn's Special Offers Today, Click Here Now!
The Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel Miami-South Beach sits along 200 feet of Atlantic Oceanfront in the heart of trendy, exciting South Beach, Florida. With direct beach access and a resort-like atmosphere, our jewel of a hotel in the historic Art Déco District is a great value, ideally located only 15 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA). The Brickell Avenue financial district, American Airlines Arena, Coconut Grove, and I-95 are all within minutes of our South Beach hotel.
Staying true to its Art Déco roots, our renovated hotel offers a retro, breezy atmosphere with warmth and style. Comfortable guestrooms and suites feature a long list of amenities and wireless high-speed Internet access. Enjoy cocktails and light fare at the poolside grill by our heated pool overlooking the ocean, a tropical paradise and well-known favorite spot. Our Terrazzo's Restaurant serves regional favorites in a casual atmosphere. Our Collins Bar, a South Beach hot spot with a mix of hotel guests and locals, is the perfect place to share a drink before a night on the town.
The Doubletree Surfcomber South Beach hotel is within walking distance of the Miami Beach Convention Center, fine shopping at Lincoln Road Mall, dozens of eclectic and ethnic eateries, and nightlife entertainment. Explore the fabulous shops and galleries of South Beach. Play on the beach or charter a deep-sea fishing trip. Bayside Marketplace (Miami's version of Fisherman's Wharf) and American Airlines Arena are a quick hop over the causeway.
If you're staying on South Beach in Miami, Florida, stay at the Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel Miami-South Beach, a little slice of heaven on South Beach. Our professional and friendly hotel staff looks forward to welcoming you with our special warm, chocolate-chip cookie at check-in.
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|The Econo Lodge South Beach is located in the
Art Deco District within walking
distance from South Beach,
Ocean Drive and the
Port of Miami. Additional
attractions and points of interest include: the University of Miami and Florida International
University - Dolphins Stadium - Parrot Jungle - Miami Seaquarium - outdoor recreational activities like water
skiing, scuba diving and golfing. the Miami International Airport is 15
miles from this South Beach hotel.There are several area restaurants,
cocktail lounges, clubs and shops within walking distance.
Guests of this Miami Beach hotel are invited to enjoy many amenities including: free coffee and pastries - free local calls - available bicycle and scooter rentals - access to copy services. All guest rooms include refrigerators, irons, ironing boards and safe deposit boxes. Non-smoking rooms are available. The hotel has valet cleaning service located on the premises. Click on Explore the Brands of Choice Hotels International® for additional information, to make a reservation, or see all of the hotels offered by Choice Hotels.
|This is the only Beach Front Fairfield Inn & Suites in Miami Beach.
near the world renowned South Beach, the hotel features 182 rooms & Suites with more
than half offering spectacular ocean views. Hotel services and amenities
include: free wireless high speed
Internet - The Market, where guests can satisfy their snack
and beverage needs - a nice beach - 3858 total square feet of flexible meeting space
exercise facility and an outdoor heated pool right on the beach - a complimentary Deluxe Continental Buffet
Breakfast that can be enjoyed while you sit among
Our rooms are always fresh, always clean. Our Executive Suites are full of thoughtful amenities, including a well-lit work desk, CD player, microwave and refrigerator. Click on Fairfield Inn for additional information, or to make reservations.
Four Points by Sheraton
Modern History. Welcome to the oceanfront Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach! We’ve kept the historical charm and protected Miami Modern (MiMo) exterior of the building in tact while we’ve updated the interiors for your comfort. Look what else is new - we are now 100% smoke-free. Heat Things Up. We’ve thrown in a dash of tropical flair to the southern charm to spice things up. And our 216 guest rooms and junior or executive suites offer a great escape. Ask for an ocean view room and take in the hot views without stepping foot outside. Move to the Beat of Miami. Located in Miami Beach, we’re just minutes from the South Beach Art Deco district and 13 miles from Miami International Airport. Consider this your tropical paradise. So, grab your flip flops, sunglasses, and your swimsuit and enjoy South Florida.
Lots of Extras. Complete with a fresh, new look, all of our guest rooms have free High Speed Internet Access, refrigerators, microwaves, beach towels, and the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed. Plus, enjoy our fitness center, outdoor pools, and hot tubs. We've got great rooms, comfortable beds, and extras you'll love such as: Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed - Beach View Room - Refrigerator - Suites Available - Private Balcony or Patio - In-Room Video Games - Air-Conditioned Room - Television with Remote Control - Sprinklers In Room - Sofa Bed - Data Port - Handicap Accessible Room – Direct Dialing - Coffee and Tea Maker - Hairdryer - Honeymoon Suite - Free High Speed Internet Access in All Guest Rooms - Room with Sitting Area - Telephone - Smoke Detectors in Room - Individual Climate Control - In-Room Movies - Non-Smoking Room - Iron/Ironing Board - Microwave Oven - Poolside Room - Maid Service - Room Service - Wake-up Service. Some of the amenities above may not be available in all rooms. Fees on certain amenities/services may apply.
|Welcome to the Holiday Inn
Miami Beach. Our 1950's Miami Modern styled hotel is located directly on
the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and tropical sandy beach.
Walk along the Beach Boardwalk into the South Beach/Art Deco area for shopping, dining or nightlife. This newly renovated hotel is a short drive from Miami International Airport, close to the Port of Miami, American Airlines Arena and the Miami Beach Convention Center. The hotel features a large outdoor pool overlooking the beach in a lush tropical garden setting. Water sports are available; golf, tennis, sailing and deep sea fishing are nearby. For additional information, or to make reservations, click on Holiday Inn Hotels or on InterContinental Hotels and Resorts
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|South Beach Marriott
Steeped in art deco splendor and a super-charged atmosphere, the chic South Beach Marriott puts you in the trendiest corner of America's Riviera. Located on Ocean Drive, with its hip nightspots and popular daytime diversions, the Marriott keeps you close to what you want to see and where you want to be seen and right next door to your wildest dreams.
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Regent South Beach
|Regent South Beach
- The Regent South Beach, the only hotel to span both Ocean Drive and
Collins Avenue, will be the pinnacle of world class elegance and refinement.
This magnificent 80-suite hotel features 27 exquisite penthouses with awe inspiring ocean views from secluded rooftop gardens, as well as a full European spa, luxury boutique and the renowned Table 8 Restaurant. From the contemporary Art Deco architecture to the interior design, which celebrates the local culture, the Regent South Beach will exemplify the ultimate in contemporary luxury. For additional information, or to make a reservation, click on Regent Hotel Packages
|Eden Roc, A Renaissance Resort & Spa
Since 1956, the legendary oceanfront Eden Roc Resort & Spa has graced Miami Beach's prestigious Millionaire's Row. The innovative oceanfront resort and spa was designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus. It became an immediate landmark, setting a new standard for oceanfront resorts. With its array of activities and a state-of-the art oceanfront spa, it has been known to attract the nation's top entertainers and celebrities, both past and present.
Poolside Cabanas are available in an inviting tropical setting featuring two chaise lounge chairs with cushions, a dining table and chairs, private bathroom and shower, a telephone and plush pool towels. Click on Renaissance Hotels & Resorts for additional information, or to make reservations.
|The Rodeway Inn South Beach is ideally located near popular points of
interest like the Miami Seaquarium. Other
nearby attractions and points of interest include: the Miami Beach Convention
Center - the Jewish Museum of
Florida - the Miami Children's
Museum - the University of Miami - the
Art Deco District - American Airlines Arena - the Holocaust Memorial - Parrot
Jungle Island - Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. The Miami International
Airport is four miles and the Cruise Ship Port is six miles from this Miami
Beach hotel. There are a variety of cocktail
lounges and restaurants within walking distance, including Club Deep, Grill
Fish, Mango's, Osteria Del Teatro and Joe's Stone Crab.
Raffi's Cuban Café is located on
the premises and provides room service.
Guests of this Miami Beach hotel are invited to enjoy many amenities including: a free continental breakfast - free local calls - free weekday newspaper - free coffee. All guest rooms include refrigerators and microwaves. Some rooms have balconies, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. Non-smoking rooms are also available. This is a pet-friendly hotel; a refundable deposit is required.
|Welcome to the Sleep Inn at Miami International
Airport, conveniently located just four miles from
Flagler Dog Track. Additional
points of interest and area attractions include the
Port of Miami - South Beach - American Airlines Arena
- Coconut Grove. The
Miami International Airport is
only one mile from the hotel; free airport
transportation is available. Several restaurants are located
Full-service amenities and features include: Free continental breakfast - Free USA Today - Free coffee bar featuring coffee and tea - Exercise room - Outdoor pool, sundeck and picnic area - conveniences like free high-speed Internet access in all rooms, data ports and access to copy and fax services. The hotel also provides shuttle service to the Port of Miami for a nominal fee. In addition to standard room amenities, refrigerator and microwave rentals are offered. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms are also available. Click on Explore the Brands of Choice Hotels International® for additional information, to make a reservation, or see all of the hotels offered by Choice Hotels.
Independent Hotels, Inns, Bed and Breakfast, Camping and RVing
Beacon Hill Miami Beach
Dupont Plaza Hotel
Hotel of South Beach
Hotel St. Augustine
Sanctuary South Beach
Beacon Hill Miami Beach
The Beacon Hotel Miami Beach sits at the center of the excitement of South Beach on Ocean Drive. Right across the street the white sandy beaches stretch into the emerald green waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Beacon was brought back to its original glory in 2009, preserving the unique Art Deco features of the 1930's era. It is conveniently located near the trendy shops on Collins Avenue and the nightlife on Washington Avenue and walking distance to Lincoln Road pedestrian mall.
The Miami Beach Convention Center is a 15 minute walk. The Financial District and the Cruise Port of Miami are 15 minutes drive. The Miami International Airport is 20 minutes away.
The AAA Rated, 2 Star Breakwater Hotel is located in the heart of the Art Deco District, on Ocean Drive. Originally built in 1939, The Breakwater's known to be the most renowned jewel on Ocean Drive. It offers the perfect combination of American liveliness mixed with European styling. Come experience the electrifying nightlife of South Beach, enjoy live evening entertainment right outside our front porch featuring the world famous Alex Fox at Cafe Med. Take a stroll down Ocean Drive to shop in it's exclusive boutiques...or simply relax under the sun on miles of white sandy beaches with many activities and water sports available. ? The Breakwater is just 20 Minutes from Miami International Airport, 35 Minutes from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, 20 Minutes to Coconut Grove, and 20 Minutes to Bal Harbor Shops. The Breakwater Hotel has 61 Stylish guest rooms, including 1 penthouse suite with a 500 square feet sun deck. Amenities include a full service multilingual staff, full service concierge desk, valet parking, room service and spectacular views. Onsite, Cafe Med serves Italian cuisine, with seating for 250 people, and nightly live Flamenco entertainment by Alex Fox. Open for lunch, dinner and offers room service. With over 600 square-feet of flexible meeting space our conference room can accommodate up to 40 people. For additional information about this hotel, or to make a reservation, click on Getting Away Accommodations Information and Reservations.
Casa Casuarina -
It's perhaps the apex
of a certain tendency in hospitality: the old Versace
mansion is back, this time as a private members’ club —
and, for those willing to shell out for a temporary
membership, a luxury boutique hotel. This patchwork
Italian-style palace is still every inch a monument to
excess; the difference being that now it’s open to the
public, or at least a certain subset thereof.
The accommodations don’t play it any safer than the hyper-ornate common areas; all the suites, from the Persian to the Pompeii to the Egyptian and even the Owner’s Suite — this last Versace’s own — are intricately detailed, full of stained glass, mosaic tile and hand-carved furniture, along with everything a modern luxury hotel needs, from marble baths to plasma televisions.
As for the social atmosphere, you’ll share the Casa Casuarina with the club members. There’s a full-service spa, a beach club, a restaurant headed by the award-winning chef Wolfgang Birk, as well as Versace’s famous mosaic swimming pool, surrounded by private cabanas, for when exclusive isn’t exclusive enough. And rather than just the typical South Beach velvet-roped hotel bar, the Casa has not just a cocktail bar and a cigar room, but a caviar lounge as well.
Delano Hotel - Miami’s South Beach
is the spot where hotels vie for style: The Hotel is the
most funky, the Marlin the most rock’n’roll, the Tides
the most sophisticated, and the Delano the most cool.
Morgans Hotel Group and Philippe Starck have always had a talent for containing worlds within their hotels—seemingly light-years away from the streets on which they sit. The Mondrian is Hollywood sci-fi, the Hudson is Harvard Square and the Delano is an Alice in Wonderland trip: fantasy, indulgence and tranquility in a couture package.
You never have to leave. At the Delano you can go to the movies, play volleyball, swim, sleep, have treatments at the Agua spa and eat everything from sushi to lobster ravioli. And every space within the hotel is its own sphere. The Blue Door restaurant, which Madonna co-owns, is a hotspot, packed with hotel guests, stars (Jamie Foxx, Lindsay Lohan, Queen Latifah, Justin Timberlake and models galore) and locals. A tip: Don’t even think about eating before eight o’clock. The pool table is always draped with hot young things, the bar is small, dark and sophisticated, and the lobby is sexy with its towering columns, oversized mirrors and billowing curtains (despite the sunburned tourists who stroll through around 7pm before heading off to Joe’s Stone Crab). The private beach has peach and white tents stocked with beach balls and fruit. But the pièce de résistance is the pool.
You can spend an entire day underwater—there’s music (yes, underwater music), and separate spots for playing, floating around, even snacking. The poolside bungalows are on Miami’s most wanted list—offering a tasty glimpse of the sea and the pool, plus a decadent reputation that probably derives from their close proximity to the bar. But if total escape is what you’re looking for, all you have to do is shut the door. Delano rooms take quiet to a different level—the white floor planks are lined with cork—and, here, the discos of South Beach seem very, very far away.
The Dupont Plaza Hotel is a tourist-class hotel located in the heart Downtown Miami, near shopping districts and offices complexes. This hotel is across the street from the Convention Center and only blocks from the Miami Arena and American Airlines Arena. The 'Miami Circle', an ancient Indian Site, and 'Brickell Key', an exclusive residence 'island', can both be seen from the outdoor pool deck overlooking the Miami River. The friendly Miami attitude can be felt from the hotel's professional and cordial staff. Built in 1958 as the most prestigious hotel of its time in Downtown Miami, The Dupont Plaza is today a beautifully well-kept, moderate type property, which still provides guests with personalized attention. The hotel lobby has been enhanced with stylish furniture, gorgeous plants and elegant lighting fixtures. Amenities: All of the guest accommodations offer beautiful views of either the Biscayne Bay or the Miami skyline. The guest rooms are nicely appointed with comfortable bedding and modern furnishings with spacious closets and spacious bathrooms. The hallways have all been upgraded with new carpet and wall covering. At the Bayview Restaurant, guests will enjoy buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to a limited 'a la carte' menu. The popular Bayview Lounge and Bar offers lighter fare snacks and tropical cocktails among the sounds of American Pop Music while enjoying a nice and friendly pool game. The Dupont Center is just steps from fine dining, shopping and entertainment venues. Hotel Amenities include Concierge, Laundry/Valet Service, Lounge, Valet Parking and children 18 years and under stay FREE! For additional information about this hotel, or to make a reservation, click on Getting Away Accommodations Information and Reservations.
Hotel of South Beach
In the heart of South Beach is an art deco hotel where high-style meets history. The Hotel of South Beach features luxurious accommodations and AAA Four Diamond award-winning hospitality. Just steps from the famous South Florida beaches, this is the perfect place for a romantic Miami vacation, a weekend getaway with friends, or time away with family. The hotel features 53 rooms and suites, each with the distinctive Todd Oldham touch. Custom-crafted furniture, soft satin-ribboned pillows, hand airbrushed tiles, tie-dyed robes, rain-head showers and luxurious beds that make every night unforgettable. Wireless internet is available throughout The Hotel allowing you to unhook and log on.
Hotel amenities include: Spire bar & lounge - Roof top pool - Award-Winning Wish restaurant & bar with indoor & outdoor dining - Frette linens and towels - Two-line telephones with data port and voice mail - In room CD/stereo/VCR entertainment system - In room iron, iron board & hair dryer - Cable television and movie channels - Mini bar - Boutique group and meeting facilities - Fitness studio - Gift shop - Concierge service - Twice daily maid service - Valet service or self-parking - Complimentary beach chairs and umbrella. For additional information about this hotel, or to make a reservation, click on Getting Away Accommodations Information and Reservations.
Hotel St. Augustine -
In Miami’s bid to
maintain its reputation as America’s sexiest
destination, South Beach is its red carpet. With hotels,
bars and clubs like glittering starlets flashing canned
smiles to the cameras, SoBe’s exhibitionistic brand of
luxury sometimes borders on sensory overload. So while
its hot-list neighbors peddle the lifestyles of the rich
and famous, the Hotel St. Augustine instead offers a
refreshing dose of modesty, set in a 1937 Art Deco
landmark in the burgeoning South of Fifth district.
With only 24 rooms, the St. Augustine functions more as a guest house than a full-service hotel. It’s not unheard-of to have only one staff-person on-hand, hopping back and forth from reception duties to tending the small in-lobby bar (which also doubles as a breakfast lounge). The unassumingly hip décor keeps it simple, with the requisite Scandinavian clean lines, light woods and chromatic minimalism. Designed around the concept of bringing the spa experience to the individual level, the bathrooms are by far the highlight of the hotel, and its primary claim to bragging rights amongst South Beach’s indulgent properties. While the main quarters of the rooms run on the smallish side, the bathrooms are expansive, featuring multi-head European steam showers and a spa-bar of products for self-pampering. And that may be the key to this place: self-pampering. Prima-donna tendencies and celebutante fantasies are better played out elsewhere, but set only two blocks from the beach and minutes from the velvet-ropes, the Hotel St. Augustine is a perfect refuge from SoBe’s more ostentatious glamour.
The AAA Rated, 3 Star Leslie Hotel is a lively Art Deco hotel located on the world famous Ocean Drive, overlooking the beach. The Leslie is very popular with the Movie Industry and is featured in films such as The Bird Cage and Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. The hotel was originally built in 1930's and reopened in 2001. To keep the hotel fresh and exciting, the hotel recently underwent a full renovation making the hotel as vibrant as it was in it popular past. Trendy restaurants and upscale shops abound. Guests are greeted by the hotel's acid yellow Deco facade and inviting interiors infused with hues of turquoise, tangerine and flamingo pink. Step onto the sidewalk in the evening and you are in the midst of the famous South Beach nightlife with its beautiful people and spectacular late night venues. Miami International Airport is 11 miles and Ft. Lauderdale Airport is 28 miles from the hotel. Part of what keep Leslie in the vibe is its hip Cafe. conveniently named The Leslie Cafe. The Leslie is the perfect place to stay to enjoy all that South Beach has to offer. Business Services are available for all guests which includes cellular phone, PC and private fax rentals. Guests will also enjoy complementary beach towels and personal care products. The Beach Convention Center and a gym are nearby. The hotel offers luggage storage, room service, and valet parking. For additional information about this hotel, or to make a reservation, click on Getting Away Accommodations Information and Reservations.
Pelican Hotel - Miami Beach is home to more that a few slightly over-the-top hotels, and it can be an unsettling experience trying to reconcile the total design excess with the pervasive atmosphere of high seriousness. Fortunately there’s one place that seems utterly self-aware; the Pelican is as flauntingly ostentatious as they come, but with an almost Warholian wink—this is a fantasyland with no pretensions to authenticity, a playful and almost pranksterish put-on, with the guests fully in on the joke.
And what else would one expect from the Diesel fashion group? A hotel owned by an old-school fashion dynasty would paper its walls in its own logo, and emboss its label on every flat surface. Here the approach is a bit more theatrical; each of the Pelican’s rooms looks like it could have been a backdrop for one of the iconoclastic label’s highly artificial advertising shoots. The Psychedelic(ate) Girl room is as faithful a rendition of the Sixties London fantasy as we’ve seen, and the Born in the Stars & Stripes room does Americana kitsch the way it seems only a Swedish decorator could do it. The ever-popular Best Whorehouse room, though, may be Magnus Ehrland’s magnum opus, a masterwork of boudoir chic that’s liable to make you feel a bit dirty just walking through the door. The list goes on, and there’s something for almost every taste, from the ultra-feminine Power Flower to the leather-and-stripes Executive Zebra suite.
Everything, that is, except the norm—if you’re a diehard fan of white-on-white, or fussy Art Deco revivalism, try just about anywhere else. If you’re looking for character, though, then the Pelican may be your place. The restaurant is casual and hip yet really rather good, a bit like its denim-empire ownership; and the bar is remarkably relaxed considering the velvet-rope madness at many Miami nightspots. This is the perfect antidote to the pretentiousness and self-satisfaction of the Miami Beach hotel scene—it’s impossible to take yourself too seriously when surrounded by photo-quality jungle-print wallpaper.
The Raleigh - The growing pains are over: The Raleigh has emerged from its most recent bout with restoration, and the result is a hotel that quite lives up to its exceptional public image. We are also happy to say the rooms are up to the level of the hotel’s impressive public spaces. Today there are other places to stay in Miami, but you almost wouldn’t know it—for many of the stars of the moment, The Raleigh is the South Beach hotel.
This is much as it was in 1940, when this L. Murray Dixon Art Deco masterpiece first opened its doors. The swimming pool is a landmark, its sculpted outline and waterfall having served as backdrops for many an Esther Williams film shoot—in case you remember Esther Williams. (She was a bit like current Raleigh devotee Anna Kournikova, except an actress, and an aquatic one—oh, never mind.)
Hard times befell Miami, at least as a tourist destination, and The Raleigh’s fortunes waned as well—its attempts at rehabilitation, it seems, couldn’t keep pace with the more flamboyant development taking place elsewhere around town, such as the Schrager/Starck collaboration at the Delano.
You might think the natural step for celebrity hotelier Andre Balazs would have been to out-flash the competition—but that would have been too obvious, not to mention the fact that trying to out-flash Starck is a fool’s game. Instead the modern Raleigh is intended to be like the original Raleigh, only more so—not a stuffy historically correct replica, but an homage to the bold and vivid spirit of the Art Deco Forties. There’s no blobby hypermodern furniture, and little that could be called Euro-Zen; but this is no period film set either. It’s the kind of subtly idealized fantasy world that has become Balazs’ bread and butter, and it’s the inhabitants who attract the most attention. If you’re celebrity-averse, or afraid of beautiful people, then this is not the hotel for you—but if you fancy a sip in a buzzing bar, surrounded by starlets and singers, then you could do a lot worse.
Sanctuary South Beach
- South Beach has
plenty of big-production hotels, see-and-be-seen places
where gawkers outnumber hotel guests in the lobby bar
and the pool deck looks like a scene from Fashion Week.
The Sanctuary is a different kind of hotel, and lives up
to its name in style — just a block or two from Lincoln
Road and the beach, it affords a measure of seclusion in
a town that’s always on.
None of this is to say the Sanctuary is some kind of wallflower: you’ll ride in style in the hotel’s own Bentley, and the interiors are nothing if not glamorous. Public spaces are modern-luxe, from the sleek lacquered look of the lobby and restaurant to the bedroom atmosphere of the poolside rooftop lounge. The suites are handsome as well, richly furnished in a clean-lined contemporary style, and laid out around a central Japanese garden courtyard.
In-suite features include full kitchens with espresso machines, 42-inch plasma televisions, queen beds and private terraces. They’re plush enough to live in, and that’s part of the idea — they’re available for sale as condominiums, at your disposal when you’re in town and rented to hotel guests when you’re not. It wouldn’t be a bad life — the Sanctuary Salon and Spa are there to serve all your immediate physical needs, and they’ll even go so far as to furnish a jogging companion or yoga partner if you’re feeling lonesome.
The Sagamore bridges
the gap between the ultra-chic boutique and the more
stately, upmarket luxury hotel. It's not easy to define
the Sagamore — is the hotel within the art gallery or
the art gallery within the hotel?
This old-fashioned insistence on real luxury at the expense of cheap thrills seems to have paid off, though; the Sagamore, apparently, is just what Miami Beach needed. The property is all suites, 92 of them, all with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms with sleeper sofas, massive bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, and all the electronic gadgetry (from entertainment centers to T1 lines) that one could possibly use. Also of note is the Sagamore's extensive collection of contemporary art — works by a variety of emerging artists decorate the guest suites, as well as the lobby and the dedicated gallery space.
All of this is not to say that the Sagamore is stuffy or unhip — merely that its grown-up touches back up its stylish appearance with some real substance. One of its most celebrated repeat visitors, after all, is P. Diddy, who is not known for being uptight or conservative; but who has been known to insist upon luxury to excess. The fashion designers, models, and actors who frequent other Miami Beach haunts are perfectly at home here, presumably when they tire of the all-bets-off hedonism on display elsewhere around town.
There are plenty of options for socializing at the Sagamore; the informal pool scene alone is lively enough to rival some hotel nightclubs. There is a lobby bar, Saga, and a poolside bar and grill. For those here on business, particularly in fashion, most of the public spaces (in addition to vacant suites) are available as locations for photo shoots, and the hotel offers use of a production office. And Sagamore finally opened it's signature restaurant, Social Miami, confirming there may be no reason to set foot outside the hotel grounds ever again.
opening of the Setai is some of the biggest news to hit
the South Beach hotel scene in a while. This is a town
that’s not exactly hurting for over-the-top luxury
accommodations, but the Setai manages to set itself
apart by being even more over-the-top than the
From a distance what you notice is the tower, forty curvaceous stories of aquamarine glass right on the beach, home to the private owners’ suites as well as some of the more excessive hotel suites; like the sky, it’s hard to say whether the tower’s color is a reflection of the sea or some intrinsic property. From the inland side on Collins Avenue, though, you can see that the Setai’s heart lies behind the refurbished facade of the Dempsey Vanderbilt hotel, a classic eight-story Art Deco building dating back to the first golden age of Miami Beach. This is where you’ll find the comparatively more modest studio suites; it’ll quickly become clear, though, that modest isn’t really a word that applies in this case. Art Deco the exterior may be, but the Setai’s interiors are anything but classic Miami. Forget about white, let alone coral-pink; think dark, as in black brick, black granite, lightened only by rich expanses of polished teak, more a sort of Indonesian volcanic look than anything you’d associate with South Beach.
Even the smallest rooms, in the old Dempsey building, are huge, and the suites in the new tower are truly vast, many with views out to sea from many floors up, a luxury that’s nearly unique in this town. At this level flat-screen televisions, CD/DVD players and in-room espresso machines seem less like luxuries and more like pleasant background; the real surprise is the open-plan bath, with the black granite tub exposed to the room, offering itself for in-room spa treatments. Spa treatments are of course also available outside of your room: the spa, in keeping with the overall character of the place, is almost overindulgent. Three pools seem rather more than plenty, especially with the Atlantic just steps away. And no big-news luxury hotel would be complete without a deeply impressive restaurant: the Setai’s serves a “Trans-Ethnic” cuisine that is not a fusion but a mixing and matching of any number of very authentic Asian dishes.
The Shore Club is one of
those chic hotels, a magnet for the jet set and for the
entertainment and fashion elite — and why not? This is a place
with all the hipster cachet of the other uber-modern nightclub
hotels, with an added bonus: some real, substantive luxury, from
its exclusive atmosphere, keeping out the more craven celeb-watchers,
to its richly appointed rooms, with 400-thread-count bedding and
massive bathrooms (and Molton Brown bath products).
The design, by David Chipperfield, is close to the edge, but unlike some fashionable hotels, this one is unlikely to need a redesign every season. Guest rooms have a bit more personality than the standard white-on-cream décor, and plenty of space to boot. Suites have striking ocean views, and some rooms have classic poolside baclonies. Eight two-story private cabanas are available, and true recluses can spring for the Beach House, with private gated pool and private beach access, or the Penthouse Suite — 6000 square feet spread over three floors with rooftop pool, private steam room and sauna, and a 360-degree view of South Beach and the ocean. Services across the hotel include 24-hour butler service and a complement of beach services, such as beach-side dining or massage.
Miami's first Nobu restaurant calls the Shore Club home, and Skybar's deep red poolside club is one of Miami's most in-demand nightspots — though, mercifully, it is free from the crowding and scene-making endemic to lesser South Beach bars. This place is strictly for the beautiful people and the hotel guests, which is as it should be. How such a fashionable place could be this calm and under control is a mystery, but a welcome one, for anyone who dreams of a Miami before the masses invaded.
- The long-awaited
Standard Miami is here — and anyone who anticipated a
carbon copy of the LA Standards will be in for a bit of
a surprise. Still intact is the budget-chic philosophy —
itself enough to raise an eyebrow or two in shamelessly
glam Miami Beach — and unique to this particular
Standard are a few novel solutions to the problem of
shoehorning another big-deal hotel into the already
packed South Beach scene.
Accommodations are smart and stylish — not oversized or particularly decadent, but very much more than adequate given that it’s possible to easily spend four times as much elsewhere in town. The décor is familiarly modern, in whites and blonde woods, and the look is familiar as well, blending mid-century Miami modernism with Scandinavian furniture from the same period — a look that is back in style all round the world, but resonates that much more strongly so close to South Beach. Children under 14 not permitted on the property.
The Tides towers over
South Beach, a 12-story monolith in gleaming white,
vaguely nautical, like a moored cruise ship, complete
with telescopes in the guest rooms for scanning the high
seas (surely nobody uses them just for watching the
girls on the beach). Distinctly un-ship-like in their
spaciousness are the cabins: the hotel’s 1936-vintage
floor plan have since lost many an interior wall,
leaving just 45 very large suites.
All of the suites face the ocean, and all are filled with streaming sunlight, making some of South Beach’s lesser hotels feel almost dank by comparison. And the by-now boutique all-white color scheme, which can look perverse in a Manhattan skyscraper or under London’s drizzly skies, seems perfectly sensible in this sun-drenched locale. King beds and 42-inch plasma TVs are standard, and in fact look barely big enough in these vast spaces.
The suites on the topmost floors are above the rooftops of Ocean Drive, and have dramatic views of this architecturally rich district—and yes, they have telescopes too, if you must know. The Goldeneye suite is an homage to Ian Fleming’s Jamaican estate (the two properties were once related, but have since divorced) and the Terra Nova penthouse, above, spans the entire tenth floor, for a 360-degree view.
Public spaces are no less impressive, whether the mezzanine deck with its fifty-foot pool, or the baby-blue rooftop patio, which feels a bit like the top of the world. The restaurant and bar are elegant as well as eclectic, and you never know who you’ll see, given Miami’s current status as the center of all things hip in America. The staff does a fine job maintaining a discreet atmosphere, so even if that is Bono at the next table, don’t expect a mad rush of autograph seekers.
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