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Out With the Old, In With Cleo at The Redbury South Beach

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  Site Where: 1776 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
December 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Redbury South Beach just celebrated its first birthday by opening a new restaurant, Cleo.

The Redbury shuttered Tony Mantuano's Lorenzo restaurant a while ago to install the newest outpost of Cleo, a Mediterranean-style restaurant found at The Redbury in Hollywood as well as the SLS Las Vegas.

Aside from Cleo's staple dishes of flatbreads and tanginess, Chef Danny Elmaleh has created a few plates especially for Miami like the Lamb Shawarma, Wagyu Tongue Kebabs, Potato Latkes and Monkfish Tagine. And of course, this being Miami, cocktails are abound on the menu. We recommend the Mediterrean margarita made with Avion Tequila, a housemade fig-almond syrup and fresh lime.

Looking to make a night of it? Rooms at The Redbury, which have a hip apartment feel, start at $329 a night. For just $334 a night, you can add a little brekkie to go.

[Photos: Cleo]

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Here's the Newest Hotel to Make its Mark on Key West

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  Site Where: 200 William St [map], Key West, FL, United States, 33040
December 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Retro right down to its window frames. That’s the verdict on The Marker, which just opened in Key West – in fact, it’s the first new-build hotel to open in the Old Town in 20 years.

Yes, new-build. Not that you’d know from the photos. Coffered, whitewashed ceilings, art deco-style stucco around the windows, rattan sofas and leopard print armchairs. It’s deco meets 1950s meets the present day, and the result is 100% delicious. In fact, can we say Kimptony?

More photos after the jump!

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Eden Roc's New Room Service Menu Encourages Gaming...Board Gaming

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  Site Where: 4515 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
December 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

An ocean tower suite

We're all about bringing the FUN! back into a hotel stay but sometimes, it's hard to motivate to leave the hotel room, especially after a long day of shopping travel, partying meetings or Instagramming your feet on the beach exploring.

Eden Roc Miami Beach totally understands how tired you are, which is why they are now offering to bring the fun up to your room, cleverly pairing traditional board games with decadent room service items. Here are the six new additions to the room service menu:

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Additional Amenities to Admire at The Miami Beach Edition

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
December 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

See more from the Miami Beach Edition here--Guestrooms :: Market :: Minibar :: Basement

Art Basel is in full swing in Miami Beach, but we're still admiring the hotel work of art that is the Miami Beach Edition. Today, we're looking at the spa, fitness center and the pool area at the oceanfront resort.

The spa is located in the basement of the hotel, but on the opposite side from Basement, the Edition's recreational area. You have to take a separate staircase from the lobby, just before the Matador restaurant, to access the spa as well as the fitness center. It's not a far walk, but you can't take the elevator directly to the spa, so make sure towel off before you head back upstairs. When returning to your room after a massage, you will just have to be comfortable with your post-treatment face and hair. Or else, shower off in the locker rooms.

There are nine treatment rooms offering massages, body treatments, and facials, along with a Beauty Lounge where you can indulge in a manicure or pedicure, as well as a blow-out. (Not sure that's worth it though because, hello, this is Miami. Humidity will always win.)

However, the co-ed Relaxation Lounge is a large and stylishly serene place to relax, pre and post-treatment, since the spa actually offers mini-treatments here, like the Power Nap, which uses electro-stimulation to give you the benefits of a four-hour nap in 20 minutes. There's also an oxygen treatment where you essentially put on an oxygen mask while lounging on a daybed and flipping through Vanity Fair in the back of the room. It sounds ridiculous and decadent and we want to try it.

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Party Down in The Basement at The Miami Beach Edition

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
December 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've shown you the guest rooms, the lobby, the Market and the minibar items, and now, at last, it's time to talk about Basement at The Miami Beach Edition.

The party floor is accessed through the lobby of the hotel through a staircase practically at the back of the hotel but there is a street-level entrance at Collins, making it very open to all, should this be your kind of scene. And we think it might be, if only for an hour.

Here's what you need to know, if you didn't already know:

· Basement Bowl: Sick of the usual beach and pool routine? You can now bowl for strikes at the four-lane bowling alley which features LED screen displays and interactive light shows, that synchronize with the bowler's actions. There's a small bar that fronts the lane with small tufted-leather booths and leather club chairs. Food is also served here by Edition's resident chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

· Basement Skate: Yes, there's an ice-skating rink here and hotelier Ian Schrager did it purely for the novelty of it all--ice skating in a tropical destination. (#thanksmarriott!) The rink is 2,000-sq.ft. and has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on Collins Avenue. The space is usually lit-up in a cool blue and is surrounded by sheer white drapes, although there is a constantly color-changing LED lighting design in place by Patrick Woodroffe. And of course, there is music. While you can rent ice skates yourself, there will supposedly be professional skaters in bikinis gliding on the ice, or otherwise, models who can skate decently enough. Bonus fact: the rink has its own Zamboni.

̭ Basement Nightclub: Schrager said he wouldn't call this an outright "throwback" to Studio 54 but he did recognize the power of the sensory overload experience that Studio 54 created which was dominated by a killer sound system and performance art shows. So the micro-club at Edition is attempting to recreate some of that with custom-made lighting, state-of-the-art sound systems and hosted party nights. But no one will be able to ignore the giant disco ball above the dance floor. Now, will you be able to get in? That remains to be seen.

Since we arrived at Edition before Basement was fully ready, we weren't able to snap any "official" photos, aside from this stealth shot of the bowling lanes above. Instead, we decided to let the Instagram photos do the talking here. You can find more via @EditionHotels or @BasementMiami or with the hashtag #miamibeachedition. Enjoy!

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What's Inside the Minibar at The Miami Beach Edition?

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
December 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been teasing you about the items in the minibar at the Miami Beach Edition but you won't have to wait any longer.

Here's a look at some of our favorite items from the minibar tray that's stashed in the closet of the guest rooms (the closet also has gorgeous banana leaf wallpaper.) The goodies are separate from the mini-fridge filled with just as interesting drinks (Cafe Bustelo forever!) so don't be alarmed if you can't find them right away.

Forgot underwear? You can buy that from the minibar. Need a backpack to tote your beach gear around? You can find that here in the minibar too, along with Sun Bum sunscreen, Joe's Kettle chips, Joe & Seph's popcorn, Dang coconut flakes, Sir Richard condoms, Urbanears ear buds, Japanese facial masks, lip balm, the "Where Chefs Eat" book and even, Illesteva sunglasses. All at an additional charge, of course.

Since the Edition London carried a jar of bacon jam we shouldn't have been that surprised by this minibar extravaganza but still, it seemed way more exciting than we had anticipated. Just when everyone thought minibars were nearly extinct, Edition finds a way to bring them back to life. (For what it's worth, the minibar was overseen by someone on the Marriott side, not Schrager's side. #innnteresting.)

Oh, and don't worry, there's a Snickers in there for old times sake.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Why Everyone Needs to Stop in at Market at The Miami Beach Edition

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], MiamI Beach, FL, United States, 33140
December 3, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ian Schrager has been known to throw around the term "game-changer" when talking about his new hotels and the Miami Beach Edition Hotel is no exception.

The 294-room resort has plenty of traditional ways to keep you occupied during your stay whether it be relaxing at the pool, sunbathing on the beach, hiding away in the spa or just holing up with room service. There are also several non-traditional ways to stay occupied like bowling, ice-skating, or reliving your disco days in the Basement. (More on that coming soon, we promise.)

But the one part of Edition that seemed the most "game-changing" to us was Market, the modern diner concept from Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, located just off the lobby.

Market is unlike anything we've seen before in a hotel. Yes, we've seen grab-and-go markets and cafes in hotels, but let's be real, they've been just a step above an airport restaurant. But here, you have the accessibility of a grab-and-go spot, with the offerings of a Michelin-starred chef. Yet the space is so pretty, you won't want your food to go. You're going to want to sit down, enjoy your meal and take in the fascinating people-watching scene we've come to love about Miami Beach.

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Kimpton Opens The Tideline Ocean Resort in Palm Beach

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  Site Where: 2842 South Ocean Boulevard [map], Palm Beach, FL, United States, 33480
December 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Kimpton Hotels have added a 5th hotel to their Florida collection--The Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach.

Formerly, the Omphoy Resort and before that, the Palm Beach Hilton, The Tideline is still working on its new look (namely expanding the Tideline Spa) but already, the 134-room oceanfront resort has adopted all of the Kimpton brand standards like free WiFi for Karma members, the "Forgot it? We've got it!" toiletry menu, complimentary coffee and tea in the living room, a hosted wine hour in the evenings, and an in-room yoga kit.

So far, we don't see much that's new in the guest rooms as they look very much like they did when the hotel was the Omphoy. But the hotel's existing restaurant, Brandon's by The Beach from Chef Todd Wiss (which has been in business for a while) has consistently good reviews.

Even though the hotel isn't exactly brand new, they are offering a grand opening rate, starting at $319 a night with a $50 credit, complimentary breakfast, an upgrade (if available) and a welcome glass of Prosecco. The rate is valid through April 30 but there are some blackout dates.

[Photos: Tideline Hotel/Facebook]

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Hot Off The Press, Again: Inside The Miami Beach Edition

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
December 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

It was only a year ago that we were nearly weeping tears of joy at the long-awaited opening of the Edition Hotel in London and just six months since we actually slept there but hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott International have done it again, and a lot closer to home, too.

The 298-room Miami Beach Edition soft-opened a few weeks ago but is now revving into high-speed opening gear this week, thanks to the Art Basel festivities.

Here are a few snapshots of an ocean view king room at the hotel. We'll have more photos and tidbits about the resort for you tomorrow, including a peek at the already-infamous Basement ice-skating rink and bowling alley, the Matador restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a few words from Ian Schrager himself.

Oh, and you're gonna want to see what's in the minibar. It might be the best hotel minibar we've ever seen. Ever.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Where to Find 'Hidden' Mickey Mouse Ears at The Four Seasons Orlando

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
November 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

When the Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World opened last August, we found all sorts of non-Disney reasons to get excited by the new hotel, such as the adults-only pool, the neighboring wildlife sanctuary, the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, the 18 spa treatment rooms as well as the luxe decor and attentive service that we've come to expect from Four Seasons hotels.

Now, we understand that all these reasons may not appeal to the extreme Disney fanatics out there. Indeed, because the resort is not technically owned by Disney, there aren't many Mickey touches at all.

The only place where you will find "official" Mickey Mouse ears is at the Disney Planning Desk in the lobby. Here you can buy tickets and Magic Bands as well as make reservations, arrange services and quiz the Disney cast members on what to do and where to go at the parks. And if you do the Character Breakfast at the hotel's Ravello restaurant on Thursdays and Sundays (and some select Tuesdays), you'll be able to see Mickey Mouse in person.

But, there are quite a few unofficial Mickey Mouse ears throughout the property.

Here's where we found hidden or accidental Mickey Mouse ears at the Four Seasons Orlando.

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The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel Will Turn Into...

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  Site Where: 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States, 33136
November 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

A B Hotel!

This is an interesting turn of events. The other day we reported that the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, formerly The Yankee Clipper, would stop being a Sheraton on December 1 but there was no clue as to who or what brand would go in its place. Now, we have an answer. A tipster tells us that the hotel will be a B Hotel. And indeed, it's been confirmed on the B Hotels website with an opening date of December 1.

You might remember the B brand opened its very first hotel in Fort Lauderdale, but that has now changed into a Sonesta Hotel. B went onto open a spot in Orlando as well as Savannah and they launched their b2 brand in Miami.

No doubt all the B programming will be installed in their FLL spot, including mood lighting, free WiFi and variety of amenities and services that all start with B. Hopefully they will let the Yankee Clipper's Wreck Bar and the Dos Caminos restaurant just "b."

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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You Can Now Book a Room at The 1 Hotel South Beach for March 1

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  Site Where: 2399 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 18, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

The former Roney Plaza/Gansevoort South/The Perry Hotel in Miami is almost finished with its $100 million renovation to turn into the naturally glam 1 Hotel South Beach, but you can reserve a room today for stays starting on March 1.

Not surprisingly for a luxury hotel in season in Miami Beach, the rooms are ridiculously expensive, with a king room going for $665 a night. Want a balcony with your room? That will be $712 a night. Prefer an ocean view? That will be $855 a night.

But we have to admit, these are some seriously good-looking rooms. Gone is the high-sheen of The Gansevoort and in its place is a eco-luxe look with reclaimed wood on the walls, natural poured concrete in the floors, overstuffed pillow on the couches, and peekaboo bathrooms. Don't forget, Chef Tom Colicchio is opening his restaurant downstairs while upstairs is a pool deck with similarly eco-luxe style cabanas and seating.

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