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The Gale and Regent South Beach Is Almost Ready

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November 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Guess the Hotel revealed!

How's this for cheering up those Monday blues? What you're looking at here is the rooftop pool at the almost-finished Gale and Regent South Beach, which we spotlighted on Friday's Guess the Hotel.

If the hotel's name sounds familiar, it's because we did a quick run-down on this place back in August. You see, Miami has a kind of history with hotels that are named "Regent," so when we found out about this 87-room boutique hotel, we got a little excited. But interestingly, this hotel has two names.

But forget all that confusing naming business. Here's all you need to know: the Gale and Regent will boast a 5,000 sq ft rooftop pool deck, a subterranean nightclub, several dining options, and, best of all, free access to beach chairs at the adjacent Shelborne, which is owned by the same company.

The best part? It opens in less than three weeks!

A $35 million restoration has helped this new hotel go from abandoned lot to the sexy, new Italian Riviera-inspired boutique hotel you see today. Back in 1941, the two hotels (Gale, and Regent) opened right in South Beach, designed by Miami architect L. Murray Dixon. For a while, the building fell into disrepair and was converted into a nursing home. Then it sat empty. Now, the Gale/Regent prototype is being revived—and just in time for Art Basel Miami!

From our brief visit last week, things are coming along nicely. No rooms were completely ready when we stopped by, so there aren't any photos to show yet. But from what we saw, rooms will have a retro, blue-and-white, sort of naval theme, and historic Miami photos will be displayed on the walls. Plus, a selection of the rooms will have balconies. Pretty decent-sized balconies, too.

Rates start at $299/night.

[Photos: HotelChatter; Gale and Regent South Beach]

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