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Ten of Miami Beach’s Top Hotels

Ten of Miami Beach’s Top Hotels

Renaud Ceccotti-Ricci - 2011-11-08

If you enjoy riding around in red convertible Cadillacs, seeing flamingos in flight, sipping mojitos by the pool, going to hip beach parties and admiring handsome Latinos in white suits and stars in sequined dresses, then Miami Beach is calling you! However be good to yourself and take care not to simply check in at the first motel encountered. Here are 10 hotels to be seen in and to party in.

The most hyped: Delano
Fashion designers, Hollywood actors, supermodels or famous DJs, all of them have been at least once to Delano. Redesigned by Philippe Starck in 1995 this all-white painted hotel darkens with the huge crowd it pulls in the evenings. It’s not exactly ideal for recovering from work fatigue, but great for dancing all night by the pool or in one of the city’s most popular nightclubs.
1685 Collins Avenue
Tel:  800 430 4138     

The most flamboyant: the Fontainebleau
A little removed from the craziness of Ocean Drive, this jewel from the 50s was the favorite hotel of Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich and Sean Connery. The 2008 renovation cost a whopping one billion dollars. With 1504 rooms, 11 restaurants and 3,700 m2 of Spa and leisure areas, Fontainbleau (pronounced "Fountain Blue") still attracts the stars. However the luxury comes at a price: $399 for a standard room in the high season.
4441 Collins Avenue
Tel: 305 538-2000     
The most beautiful swimming pool: the Raleigh
Elegant, unassuming and luxurious, the Raleigh is an example of Miami Beach’s typical Art Deco architecture. But the most beautiful attraction of this hotel is its 40 year old pool. Here under the shade of palm trees you can enjoy the waterfall and picture yourself in an episode of the Mad Men. It’s a real oasis in the middle of this bustling city.
1775 Collins Avenue
Tel: 800 848-1775     
Best Spa: The Standard
The legendary Lido Spa is definitely a major draw for many a reservation at the Standard. If you want to detoxify  yourself with aromas of mint and cinnamon, have a massage on the beach or simply enjoy a thirst quenching Arnold Palmer (half lemonade, half iced tea) in the pool, look no further than here (rooms from $225).
40 Island Avenue
Tel: 305 673-1717     
www.standardhotels.com /miami
The most beautiful terrace: the Gansevoort
Americans love their rooftops (roof terraces). The Gansevoort has the most famous one in Miami Beach. It has a splendid pool that stretches out of view and merges with the ocean. This trendy hotel also has one of Miami’s finest gyms. On top of this the owner had a brilliant idea of renting the third floor to a modeling agency. Suffice to say that we encountered a beautiful world there!
2377 Collins Avenue
Tel: 305 604-1000     
Asian charm: Hotel Setai
This eight-story Art Deco building is probably one of the most exclusive hotels in the city. At $790 for a room, you meet people like Lenny Kravitz or wealthy businessmen. The Japanese aesthetic provides a peaceful and relaxing environment. Pools, for example, are only here to please the eye. No question of seeing children paddling in them!
101 20th Street
Tel: 305 520-6000     
The most artistic: the Sagamore
Then for lovers of art in all its forms, there's the Sagamore. It’s best to tell you straight away that it is very difficult to find a room here during the ‘Art Basel’ December contemporary art fair. The hotel’s design is beautiful and it has its own collection of contemporary art with paintings, photographs and sculptures.
671 Collins Avenue
Tel:  305 535-8088     
The most stylish: the Viceroy
The best known interior designer in Los Angeles, KellyWearstler, has given real character to this hotel nestling in the midst of Downtown Miami and quite a distance from the beach. Philippe Starck is responsible for the ultra-design of the Spa.
485 Brickell Avenue
Tel: 305 503-4400     
The best gourmet hotel: Loews
In the center of South Beach, a stone’s throw from the main shopping street of Lincoln Road, the Loews has an ideal location for enjoying Miami by night without needing a car. The hotel also plays host to the Festival of wine and gastronomy in late February. The French chef Marc Ehrler serves refined cuisine in its restaurant.
1601 Collins Avenue
Tel: 305 604-1601     
The most glamorous:  Hotel W
There’s a Hollywood atmosphere in this hotel of 408 rooms all with beach views. High heels and evening wear rather than bathing suits and flip flops here! At Mr. Chow’s select club you can dine and enjoy the night life in an uber-trendy setting. With a good pair of sunglasses and the paparazzi stationed outside, you might feel like a star hitting the town!

2201 Collins Avenue
Tel: 305 938-3000     

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