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Miami's Shore Club is Joining the Condotel Club

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  Site Where: 1901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
September 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

We don't call it Miami Hotel Mambo for nothing.

Today, we discovered that the beachfront party spot that is The Shore Club will move into a condotel operation. Yup, the dreaded condotels, once all the rage in the pre-recession era, are back. GROAN.

The Real Deal reports that the hotel's new owners, HFZ Capital Group, who acquired the property late last year, are splitting the hotel into 85 luxury residences and 100 hotel rooms. Currently, the historic hotel has 309 hotel rooms.

Word is the residences will start to go up for sale in early December, just when all the moneyed art collectors arrive in town for Art Basel. However, if you're keen to reserve a spot, limited reservations will open next month.

What's crazier than someone attempting the condotel operation again is the fact that neither HFZ Capital nor their sales agents, Douglas Elliman, have released any info on how these luxury residences are to come about. There are no renderings, no construction plans, no nada. But whenever this "transformation" happens, just know that the Shore Club will never again be the same. Fingers crossed, the condotel thing works out for them.

[Photo: Shore Club/Facebook]

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The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach Has Officially Opened

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  Site Where: 1801 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
September 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

The weather is getting cooler but the hotel scene in Miami is getting hotter. We already told you about five new hotels to look for this winter but here's one you can check out as soon as next week--The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.

We first heard about The Shelborne closing for much-neededrenovations back in May 2013. A HotelChatter contributor had stayed at the property only months before and had this to say about the rooms:

The Shelborne's suite had last been furnished in the early 1990s, the dining chairs were broken, the mattress was so old you could feel the springs, the tables were scratched and water-damaged, the art was like that of a greasy strip mall generic Asian restaurant, the floors felt so dusty we were relieved to have brought slippers from our last hotel, and the power outlet actually shocked us as we tried to plug in our phone charger. Firetrap much?

Above is how the hotel rooms used to look. Keep reading to see the transformation!

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StripSteak Vegas Gives Us a Taste of StripSteak Miami, Opening at The Fontainebleau

Where: 4441 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
September 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Miami and Las Vegas have become sister cities of a sort. Both are well-known for their robust hotel scenes, their penchant for partying, their "less is more" credo when it comes to clothing and their general love of excess.

More recently, we've been seeing an influx of South Beach in Sin City, thanks to the opening of the SLS Las Vegas and the Delano Las Vegas. But now, Vegas is sending off something to Miami--Michael Mina's StripSteak restaurant.

Stripsteak can be found in Vegas at Mandalay Bay, where the Delano Las Vegas also lives, but Mina plans on spinning off StripSteak Miami at The Fontainebleau sometime this fall. Mina already operates the Michael Mina 74 restaurant at the resort so he's already familiar with the property. StripSteak will replace Gotham Steak restaurant. We'll keep you updated on the opening date. In the meantime, peruse the StripSteak Vegas menu for a hint of what's to come. We'll take the 10oz filet mignon, the truffle mac n' cheese and one, make that two, orders of the potato gratin please.

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The Ritz-Carlton South Beach to Start Charging a Resort Fee on October 1

September 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (4)

While we're on the topic of hotel fees, we've just learned that the Ritz-Carlton South Beach will start charging a $25 resort fee, per night on October 1. Here's what will be included with that extra $25 + tax a night.

· Complimentary 5mb wireless Internet access for up to 5 devices in guest rooms, lobby and most common areas.
· Beach chairs and umbrellas
· Beach Activities including boogie boards, skim boards, beach paddle tennis, bocce ball and corn hole court
· One hour daily fitness class
· 24-hour access to fitness center
· Use of hotel bicycles
· Unlimited local calls
· Bottled water in guest rooms
· Access to daily tour of the hotel’s art collection

Well, at least it includes internet on multiple devices.

Resort fees in South Beach are actually quite common. We stumbled across one at The Surfcomber, a Kimpton Hotel, last fall. For $20 a night, you get morning coffee, two beach chairs, poolside amenities like sunscreen and flavor-infused water and a $10 F&B credit.

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The Thompson Miami Beach Hotel Now Taking Reservations for November 14

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  Site Where: 4041 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
August 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

True to their word, Thompson Miami Beach is actually opening later this year--in late October with reservations now being accepted online for November 14.

Located at 4041 Collins Avenue in a former condo building, the newest Thompson Hotel will have 380 hotel rooms featuring "beach-inspired accommodations and mid-century, international resort style." Designer Martin Brudnizki has been working on the design which will (of course) preserve the building's Art Deco flair and 1950s architecture.

And as we mentioned back in May, the Thompson will also have two pools, a small spa, three bars , including a speakeasy in a bungalow, and a 267-seat "classic brasserie" from James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and Miami native Michelle Bernstein.

Room rates for November 14 are rather reasonable starting at $314 for an advanced purchase rate (no refunds) and $339 for a regular rate. That would be for a deluxe king room with custom-made 400 thread count SFERRA linens, rain showers in the bathroom, oversized Frette terrycloth robes, a 42” flat screen television with movie library, a gourmet mini-bar and a 24-hour in-room dining service.

Below is a snapshot of a model room, as posted on the hotel's website....

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The Miami Beach Edition is Looking Good as Its November Opening Nears

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
July 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that you can make a reservation at the upcoming Miami Beach EDITION, opening in January November, let's take a look at how the construction on the property is progressing.

A tipster on the ground in Miami Beach snapped these shots for us a few weeks ago and all we can say is WHOA. Like, in a good way. WHOA.

Of course, there still is a lot of work to be done but it is looking rather crazysexycool already. For comparison, here's what the hotel looked like back in February 2012.

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Freehand Miami to Get More Hands, er, Rooms

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  Site Where: 2727 Indian Creek Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
April 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Freehand Miami won over HotelChatter contributor JetSetCD last year with their "funky fresh" hostel rooms and amenities, all at a very reasonable rate ($21 a night for a shared bunk room when JetSetCD was there) And it looks like other folks have been equally impressed because the Freehand just expanded its property.

The hostel acquired the building next door and has opened it up as the "Guest House" with nine Private King Rooms, five King Suites (a new room type) and one private Bungalow which can sleep four.

The Guest House is accessible through the existing Freehand courtyard so the lobby, the Broken Shaker bar and the pool aren't very far away at all. It's also across from the building that will house the Freehand's restaurant, which still hasn't opened but we're hearing it should debut later this year.

Rooms in the Guest House start this weekend at $60 for a dorm room and $224 for a private king room.

[Top Photo: Freehand Miami; Gallery Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]

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Miami Nice: Our Favorite Features of South Beach’s Hottest Hotels

March 13, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Miami might be one of the few places where the hotels are just as hot as the visitors staying there. We wanted to get to know this hotel hotspot better, so we spent three days in Miami visiting some of South Beach’s hottest hotels, “speed dating” if you will, and found something to love about each one.

Best Hotel Staff: Loews Miami Beach Hotel
While Juan Pablo might have been a jerk to this season’s contestants of The Bachelor, we’re sure the ladies received 4-star treatment from the hotel staff at Loews on, and off, camera. The South Beach hotel was the setting for two episodes of The Bachelor this season, and it also served as the host hotel for Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

We stayed at Loews for SoBeWFF, and at every customer touch point, from valet, the doorpersons, to the front desk and housekeeping, we were greeted with a genuine smile, a happy-to-serve-you attitude and speedy service. Quite the accomplishment considering the influx of picky foodies and celebrity chefs staying at the hotel.

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Where To Stay For The South Beach Wine & Food Festival

February 12, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

While the rest of the country deals with snow, windchill and other miserable weather conditions Mother Nature throws their way, foodies from all over the world are migrating to Florida for the winter, to South Beach's Wine & Food Festival to soak up the sun and enjoy bites from their favorite Food Network chefs.

The SobeWFF (Thursday, Feb. 20 to Sunday, Feb. 23.) isn't your usual food festival. The upscale festival isn't on fair grounds, in a hotel pool area or parking lot. The Food Network-sponsored event immerses its attendess in a delicious feast of bacchnalian proportions for four days in and around some of the trendiest Miami hotels. Indeed, the host hotel is the Loews Miami Beach.

Did we mention that its main event, the Grand Tasting, takes place right on South Beach?! As in the sexiest beach in America. As in, you're rubbing elbows with Bobby Flay, Giada, [insert every celebrity chef name here] with your feet in the sand and the Atlantic Ocean right there.

Yeah, it's kind of amazing. And, if you haven't already chosen a hotel, there are still a few places where you and your food coma are welcome. Whether you have the appetite for a value meal or a champagne shower, we've rounded up a list of hotels equipped to cater to all travel tastes.

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The Raleigh Hotel Glams Up Its Website

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  Site Where: 1775 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (3)

The best thing a hotel could do for its website is to make everything easy. Easy to book. Easy to look up hotel photos and information. Easy to view on a mobile device. The new website for South Beach’s Raleigh Hotelgets all these right.

The Miami hotel opened in 1942, and with the help of old Hollywood starlets like Esther Williams, it became one of the hotels that encapsulated the South Beach allure we know today. Fast foward 60 years later to 2012, when hip hotelier Sam Nazarian of sbe bought the historic hotel for $55 million (previously, Andre Balazs had managed The Raleigh.)

Since then, the Raleigh has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. And, though the hotel and website have undergone some major changes, neither has lost any of its vintage glamour or charm.

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The Hilton Bentley South Beach Erases All Traces of The Kardashians

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  Site Where: 101 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
January 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian took Miami back in 2010 they holed themselves up in a top-floor suite at the all-suite Hilton Bentley South Beach hotel which had two bedrooms, a living and dining room, two and a half baths, a kitchen, and a 1,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with a private Jacuzzi. But like Khloe and Lamar's love story, that's all gone now.

The Hilton has revamped the suite to include a rooftop pool, three bathrooms, a stainless steel kitchen with a personal wine chiller and a living room with an all-encompassing Dolby surround sound system (hey-yo!) which can be controlled, along with the electric privacy shades and the room temp, via the in-suite iPad or from the guest's own iPhone. Not to mention, those sick drop-down flat-screens in the ceiling.

Alas, rates for the new penthouse suite will cost about the same as a Kardashian's handbag (not the ones they sell in Sears but you know, the ones they would actually be seen with)--from $2,500-$7,500 a night.

[Photo: Hilton Bentley/Facebook]

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Looking Back on Art Basel 2013: A Virgin Shares Her Observations

January 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Art Basel happened last month and it's taken our resident (Culture) Club Kid Brandy Alxander, and Art Basel Virgin, a while to process all that she saw and did. (Also, we kinda forgot about it in the holiday mix.) Nevertheless, here are some useful observations and tips to keep in mind for next year.

Every year for a week in December, Miami transforms into a city full of galleries and open bars for Art Basel. Thousands of artists and art enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the city, home to the U.S. branch of Art Basel since 2002. The art show originated in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, and last May, Art Basel expanded to Hong Kong.

After I was publicly shamed for not knowing what Art Basel was (I just moved here a few months ago from Vegas), I decided to venture into South Beach and check out the Basel bacchanal. Here's what I learned:

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