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What’s new at the South Miami Beach Hotels

December 22, 2011
What’s new at the South Miami Beach Hotels…

Recently, I was privileged to participate in a hotel design conference in South Miami Beach, Florida and visit some exciting boutique hotels. I stayed at the
Mondrian Hotel – one of the Morgan’s Hotel Portfolio hotels created by the legendary Ian Schrager. This hotel offers great views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. As expected, the hotel revolves around showbusiness and fashion events and a fantastic bar scene on the weekends. Its design is cutting edge, with impressive chandeliers – it is truly considered to be one of the most glamorous and sexiest hotels and, better yet, the service was excellent. One morning I woke up at 6:30am and went down to the lobby, where I was greeted by a lovely bartender who went out of his way to get me fresh coffee even though the bar/breakfast room was closed…

The hotel also offers the services of
Equinox, a top end gym, close to hotel’s location.  It is becoming more and more common for boutique hotels to join forces with major fitness chains that complement the lifestyles of the hotel’s guests. Some special features included a vending machine with sunglasses, jewelry and more… as well as the fun chandelier showerheads!!
         I also visited a newly opened lifestyle hotel on Collins Ave. in South Beach – Dream Hotel, part of the Dream Hotels chain, which only recently joined forces with the major Wyndham Hotels Group, which of course will offer them immense distribution. 

Another hotel, the Shelborne, is a classic that is undergoing renovations. One of the interesting things the Shelborne is building is a “robotic” parking lot on
SouthBeach across from the hotel. The cars are parked (12 at a time) in the lot, and once the owner has left the car, a computer scans it for humans and pets, registers the car, photographs it, and parks it in layered metal elevators. Just don’t forget anything in your car. You will only get it back when you retrieve it using your iPhone app!

The hotel rebuilt two historic buildings – the Palmer and the Tudor – and its concept is true escapism, living and interpreting dreams with artistic renderings and endless mirrors. The guestrooms have a Moroccan and Indian influence and the designers have used many light elements to create an intimate mood. The cabanas on the roof with outside patio showers are great, and even better is the platform skylight dance floor/table with colored disco lights…just imagine the sound system.

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