This isn’t your usual Ritz-Carlton, full of formal frippery. This one’s gone native, a more laid-back 2004 reincarnation of the midcentury MiMo (“Miami Modern”) Hotel Di Lido designed in the early 1950s by the iconic Morris Lapidus. It’s since become one of my favorite SoBe luxe mixes of pedigree, location, family-friendliness, and services, situated both on the beach and literally at the crossroads of South Beach, Lincoln Road, and Collins Avenue, an easy walk to most everything. The interior has preserved much of the MiMo flavor while sprinkling contemporary touches—not to mention $2 million worth of world-class art, such as the striking pieces in the lobby from Catalan modern masters Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies. The pool is still pretty buzzy much of the time—and especially during Sunday champagne brunch, which you’ll want to reserve when you book your room. Restaurantwise, the One LR Bistro does a lovely contemporary American/Spanish menu, but for livin’ la vida SoBe, the DiLido Beach Club out back is hard to beat.
- David Paul Appell