There’s a good reason a laid-back California vibe pervades this Miami Beach property. It’s the first East Coast link in the Los Angeles–based Palisociety chain of boutique hotels. 

The restored Art-Deco building started out as the Greenbrier Hotel in 1940. Today, the place’s 71 rooms have been done up in a style that Palisociety describes as “eastern seaboard meets boho-Mediterranean.” So it’s eclectic, in other words. 


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Inside the large guest rooms, that means you’ll find mix-and-match furnishings, walls painted in colors reminiscent of sherbet flavors, and vintage touches such as a mini bar stashed in a '50s-style icebox. There are idiosyncrasies, too—some more welcome than others. While certain units have kitchenettes and terraces overlooking the adjoining Indian Creek waterway, others have smaller windows and no closets.

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The design scheme reaches its apotheosis in the lobby, a bright and breezy charmer with green walls, lots of natural light, and several inducements to linger, including lounge chairs, two big sofas, and a cocktail bar. In addition to drinks, the hotel serves a menu of salads and sandwiches that you can eat in the lobby, on the patio out front, or in the leafy courtyard, which also has a swimming pool. 


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Palihouse sits in a relatively low-key corner of the otherwise chichi Mid-Beach area. The ocean is about two blocks away; reach the sand by borrowing a bike from the hotel or signing up for the complimentary round-trip shuttle. You might have trouble tearing yourself away from that lobby, though.

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