One of the various low-slung converted Art Deco apartment buildings up and down this stretch of Collins Avenue, this one, currently run by Frenchman Pascal Nicolle, houses 17 studios and one-bedroom suites that are pretty sweet. They don’t have much in the way of views, looking out as they do over a lushly landscaped but narrow courtyard, yet by virtue of their wood floors and yellow walls they exude appealing warmth and coziness. Furniture’s an eclectic mix—a spot of wicker here, midcentury chic there, Asian mod over there. If you’re looking to spread out, maybe cook for yourself a bit, and enjoy some peace and quiet after a day at the beach or a night out on the town, this could be your hideaway right in the thick of things.
- David Paul Appell