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3 New Miami Hotel Restaurants We're Ravenous For

July 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

We're going to miss the words "Miami Hotel Mambo," and we're kinda sad that we won't be reporting on the debut of these new hotel restaurants under that tag.

New hotels and new restaurants are a dime a dozen on Miami Beach but here are three new hotel restaurants on the way that we're legit excited about.

Sunny's at The Hall
We love us a Top Chef, and Spike Mendelsohn may just be one of our favorites. The Hall will bring affordable cool to the heart of South Beach and we have high hopes that Sunny's will do likewise when it comes to food. As an avid surfer, Spike has promised to bring his love for beach towns and beach eats to this new spot. In a world overrun with high-end steakhouses and Italian restaurants, this more casual eatery is just what Miami needs.

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A New SoulCycle To Spin Out of 1 Hotel South Beach

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  Site Where: 2341 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 28, 2015 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

We already knew that 1 Hotels was eco-conscious. Now we know it's body-conscious, too. Or should we say soul-conscious?

Yes, a SoulCycle studio is coming to the 1 Hotel South Beach later this year.

The new outpost will be Miami's second SoulCycle location (the other is in Coral Gables), and the brand's 50th studio nationwide. It's slated to open in December, which is good news for hardcore SoulCycle fans who are planning to attend Art Basel or simply hit up South Beach when it gets cold everywhere else in the country.

SoulCycle South Beach will be a 2,600-square-foot, 54-bike studio and will offer the signature high-energy rides the brand is famous for. If you happen to not be familiar with the SoulCycle workout, know this: riders burn between 500-700 calories in a 45-minute high-intensity cardio blast. Rides also involve upper body toning using hand weights and choreography.

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The Former Yankee Clipper, Now B Ocean Resort, Gets a 2016 Upgrade

July 28, 2015 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like just yesterday we were playing Guess The Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, but fast-forward five years and we’re back—and we’re talking yet another renovation. The ship-shaped hotel formerly known as The Yankee Clipper has been doing its things in Fort Lauderdale for years and years, and after a stint as a Sheraton it has been turned over and turned into the B Ocean Resort.

Upgrades and improvements are scheduled to wrap up early next year, so all those spring breakers will be able to check things out during their ins and outs of sobriety. The Sun Sentinel has all the details, but it sounds like new colors and fun furnishings are just part of the plans.

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Kids & Dogs Can Enjoy Miami Spa Month at The Betsy Hotel

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  Site Where: 1440 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Miami Spa Month through the end of August (yes, it's technically two months long), which means it's easier to upgrade your Miami hotel stay with a little pampering. Most treatments on the Spa Month menu are $99 (plus tax and gratuity), with some higher-end services at $129.

One South Beach hotel in particular has extended its spa month specials to the entire family, with treatments for kids and even pups available. The Betsy South Beach, the nicest hotel located right on Ocean Drive, welcomes guests with little ones and four-legged friends to its Zen-like Betsy Wellness Garden, Miami’s only open air rooftop spa, to try one of these custom treatments.

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An Inside Look at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach

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  Site Where: 63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, FL, 32461
July 23, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, Florida is boutique perfection that opened in 2013. With 55 rooms and a gorgeous interior and exterior, we practically had to be dragged out of there. While we didn’t stay overnight, we toured the property and spent quality time on site this year and last, sipping cocktails at the bar, eating in the Cuban-themed onsite restaurant Havana’s Beach Bar & Grill and gazing at the ocean from the rooftop lounge.

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Where to Cool Off With a Cocktail at the Watercolor Resort

July 21, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recently wrote about our affection for the resort community of Watercolor on the Northwest Florida coast – and that includes the array of cocktailing options on the property. This contributor has sampled some of Watercolor’s watering holes and here’s what I found:

The Gathering Spot: Offering sushi and cocktails with a view of the adults only pool at the Watercolor Inn & Resort, it’s an intimate spot to enjoy drinks and appetizers or a full dinner. In addition to sushi it serves a variety of options such as flatbreads, salads and shared plate options. For cocktails the strawberry drop martini, whiskey splash and sake are delicious options. Although not on the official libations menu, our bartender made a terrific spicy Bloody Mary on request and brought out some free pita chips and dips.

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Bushwick By The Beach: Momo Sushi Comes to Miami

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  Site Where: 1100 West Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

This Must Be The Place, says the wall art at Mondrian South Beach. For what? As of this Thursday, the answer is: a pop-up sushi concept from Brooklyn.

The hotel's Sunset Lounge will be the site of their first pop-up dining concept -- Momo Sushi Shack, which opens this Thursday and will be open through October. New Yorkers may know Momo Sushi Shack from its location in cool-kid Bushwick. In addition to sushi, the Japanese restaurant serves a bunch of vegan and vegetarian dishes and, naturally, has a big focus on ingredients from indie and local purveyors.

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Hotel Zamora Opens a New Rooftop Lounge

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  Site Where: 3701 Gulf Blvd [map], St. Pete Beach, FL, United States, 33706
July 17, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

What could be more Summer Friday than talking hotel rooftop bars? One of Florida's newest happens to be the only rooftop space of its kind in the area. You'll find the sprawling 360° Rooftop at The Hotel Zamora, where you can enjoy unobstructed, panoramic views of downtown St. Petersburg and the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Marriott Stanton Brings a Bit of Wynwood to South Beach

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  Site Where: 161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL, 33139
July 15, 2015 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's no denying that Wynwood is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Miami. It has awesome bars and restaurants, great art galleries and, its most famous feature, colorful murals and street art. The only thing missing? Hotels.

We're sure that boutique hotels will find a way into the area but in the meantime, the Marriott Stanton South Beach is bringing a little Wynwood flavor to the South of Fifth ("SoFi") neighborhood.

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The Hall South Beach Now Taking Reservations for October 1

Where: 1500 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just a few months ago we reported that Joie de Vivre's first East Coast hotel would be opening in Miami and my how time flies--reservations are now open for The Hall South Beach starting on October 1.

Rates begin at $188 a night for a deluxe room with a full bed. If you're planning on visiting Miami with a close friend or lover, you'll want a deluxe room with a queen bed instead. Those rooms are roughly the same size as the full rooms, but with a slightly bigger bed.

Deluxe rooms with king beds start around $200 a night while a room with two queen beds is $220. Rooms with views of the pool are close to $300 a night. (Since the hotel sits on the opposite side of Collins from the beach, there aren't any ocean views.)

There's also a $20 resort fee per night that's added to your rate, along with taxes, making a three-night stay in deluxe queen room around $700 total.

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A Sneak Peek at SLS LUX Brickell, Opening in 2017

July 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

Museum quality art for all to enjoy is part of the SLS LUX experience, like this iconic Fernando Botero bronze sculpture whose new home is now in Miami.

SLS LUX’s mission is to “indulge the senses,” though “sense the indulgence” also comes to mind. Especially in Miami, with all eyes - certainly ours - on the upcoming SLS LUX Brickell Hotel & Residences.

The dynamic duo of sbe and The Related Group, along with partner The Allen Morris Company, can already boast a sellout crowd – as in all 450 condos are gone with the Florida wind. Ah, but the SLS LUX hotel awaits us, rather we wait for it, and a 2017 opening. From the looks of things, we already thinks it’s a keeper.

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The Ritz-Carlton Is the Next Florida Hotel Set for an Upgrade

July 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over in Fort Lauderdale the best keeps getting better, as the next property in town—following some news from the W—to get a nip and tuck is The Ritz-Carlton.

The place hasn’t even been open ten years, but it’s already time to get some work done. They were the first property in town to score an AAA Five Diamond rating, so we guess they don’t want to just rest on their laurels. All in all they will be spending $8 million to upgrade and improve the place, as they work with the architecture and design group over at Streetsense.

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