This reincarnation of yet another Art Deco beachfront hotel by maestro Morris Lapidus, the 1939 Ritz Plaza was reborn to much celebrity-studded fanfare in 2012. The stylish decor by Philippe Starck (who helped launch the local boutique-hotel trend in 1995 with his work at the Delano next door) mixes elegance with playfulness and a touch of sexy; walls of the white rooms, for example, sport canvas printed with squiggles winking at Louis XV villa paneling (other touches: one of the best rainfall showers I’ve experienced, and an, ahem, artfully placed mirror over the bed). The other big influence is Spanish celebrity chef José Andrés—as in the front-lobby bar accented in red, black, and shots of vintage Spanish divas; and especially in the main Bazaar restaurant, with a masterful menu of Spain-meets-Florida-meets-Latin-America-meets-Singapore. Katsuya delivers sleek Japanese, and out back the social scene snaps, crackles, and pops at a bar, two pool decks, and Hyde Beach, which serves lunch but turns into a nightlife must when the sun goes down. The location is super convenient for various highlights such as Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, and even the Bass Art Museum.
SLS Hotel South Beach
1701 Collins Ave (at 17th St.), South Beach, Miami, FL
Our Rating Neighborhood South Beach Phone 800/548-8886, 305/674-1701 Prices Winter from $415 double; off-season $285 double. Resort fee of $30/day includes Wi-Fi. Valet parking ($44 overnight, $30 day visit; municipal parking nearby). welcome ($150 one-time fee) Amenities 2 pools; beach services; 3 restaurants; bar/lounge; fitness room; spa/beauty services; iPad in rooms Units 140 rooms, including 10 villas Web site SLS Hotel South Beach Other Pets up to 25 lbsBook a Room Now
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