SLS South Beach Has Its First Check-In... And It's a Duck
Despite rumblings of a soft opening soon after Memorial Day, SLS South Beach has yet to thrown open its doors and much ballyhooed front terrace. (That's happening on Thursday, see below for more.)But that doesn't mean no one has checked in--last week, this giant duck did.
With design god Philippe Starck at the drawing board, we knew to expect the unexpected--but a giant silver duck never once entered our visions of this hotel. We should have known, we guess. When he walked us through his designs for the property, Starck said:
Outside in the garden, is a long swimming pool, the kingdom of the duck toy you had in your bath as a child.
OK, now we know. He's a literal kind of guy.
The SLS Duck, in case you're wondering, stands 9ft 6inches tall and weighs about 750lbs. You can see the 'rubber ducky' and his 'bath tubs' (the hotel's two pools) when SLS South Beach opens this Thursday, June 7.
That's the earliest date we see available on the hotel's website--with prices holding steady around $325 a night. Or, if you've got an Amex on hand, you can get a room as low as $293 a night plus tax. Of course, those rates bump up about $50 during the weekend.
[Photo: Courtesy SLS South Beach]