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Built in 1953 and considered one of the only two "Art Hotels" in the area, the Ritz Carlton South Beach is in the midst of completely renovating its original Morris Lapidus-designed landmark in the city’s historic Art Deco district. Here are a few pics of what's in store:
The $1 million refurb on the South Beach's historic Savoy Hotel is now completed and the ready to once again dazzle guests who come for the affordable Ocean Drive accommodations.
Made up of two pre-World War II properties built in 1935, the 75 one-and-two-bedroom suite oceanfront boutique hotel is in the middle of the colorful Art Deco District in the South of Fifth section, steps away from cafes, shops, and Ocean Drive's nightlife.
The renovation was geared towards "guest-focused enhancements" with guest rooms and suites receiving flat-panel televisions, new furniture, linens and sofa beds. A fresh coat of paint to the whole hotel significantly brightens up the spot and the pool area is now a prettier place to profile.
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Hersha Hospitality, the folks responsible for bringing Hyatt 48Lex and Hyatt Union Square to New York City, have just acquired a new property in Miami Beach--the Courtyard by Marriott Miami Beach Oceanfront. Hersha paid $95 million for the 263-room hotel and its adjacent beachfront which in its former life was known as the art deco hotel, Cadillac Hotel.
The full details of the purchase are here but Hersha does plan on building an additional 93-room all-suite oceanfront tower as well as more meeting space and a parking structure. The construction is expected begin next year and will finish in 2013.
All these fancy new upgrades have us wondering if Hersha will ditch the Courtyard by Marriott brand in favor of a Hyatt Hotel.
There's so much hotel buzz in South Beach lately, with new construction and rebrandings on the way, is it any wonder that even the classic little Deco properties are deciding to spruce themselves up? The latest to announce a multimillion dollar renovation? The Savoy.
The 75-suite hotel has new owners and, along with the new look, new management as well. Don't look now, but Coral Hospitality--the company lucky enough to scoop up Gansevoort
South Miami Beach--will be taking the reigns here at the southern end of the beach. We've also learned that Coral is now managing another little South Beach gem, The Angler's Boutique Resort.
Has the world gone Italian-American mad? And do we have Jersey Shore to thank? We’re not sure if JWoww or The Situation have hit up South Beach yet, but we bet they’d be pleased to hear this slice of restaurant news—Vix at the Hotel Victor has ditched its Indian-influenced menu and gone Italian.
According to Eater Miami, Vix introduced a new Italian menu last week, but so far the only reaction they’ve heard are that some folks weren’t too happy about the change. While the old menu featured tandoori sauces and naan bread, it wasn’t full-on Indian—one Yelper described it as “that quasi Mediterranean/Asia/local SoBe fusion that seems to only work in certain restaurants. (And it did here.)”
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The iconic Clevelander Hotel ("The Cleve," if you will) in South Beach has just emerged from a multi-million dollar renovation, debuting this weekend with 60 spruced-up rooms and "Rockstar" Suites, revamped bars and public spaces, a brand new Rooftop Terrace and Sun Deck, and a new indoor nightlife venue called 1020 Music Boxx.
The newly-restyled rooms look fly: they now have Egyptian Cotton bedding, black-out curtains and noise-reducing wall systems (these are nice in Miami), free WiFi, HD TV's and rain showers. The room decor "features deep-blue abstract designs and artwork of underwater scenes" that complement its ocean views or South Beach views.
The Cleve is celebrating the debut of its new look in true Miami style: with an all-weekend party. Its Grand Re-Opening Weekend kicks off on Friday night and lasts all the way to Sunday, packed with live performances and lots and lots of booze and probably lots of cleavage, too. According to Soul of Miami, The Clevelander opens to the public at 9:00 PM on Thursday, April 30th, where Gym Class Heroes and The Academy Is... will perform on the Pool + Patio Deck.
The rest of the weekend's schedule:
Friday, May 1st: DJ Jazzy Jeff Performs on Pool + Patio Deck: 8:00 PM
djMIA Performs in 1020 Music Boxx: 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 2nd: DJ Irie + Sky Nellor Perform on Pool + Patio Deck: 2:00 PM
DJ Z-Trip + Star Eyes Perform on Pool + Patio Deck: 8:00 PM
Jungle Brothers Perform in 1020 Music Boxx: 10:00 PM
Sunday, May 3rd: Inner Circle Perform on Pool + Patio Deck: 2:00 PM
We managed to score some images of the new and improved, super-white guestrooms at The Betsy (formerly the Betsy Ross) on South Beach's Ocean Drive, which will premier this fall when the hotel reopens after its extreme makeover.
The Betsy's new look incorporates "contemporary tropical colonial" designs, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, plantation style shutters and white lacquered furniture and desks next to big white poster beds.
Another peek at the new guestrooms after the jump.
If you're ready for a swim in South Beach, contributor Doug at Miami Beach 411 has got the inside goss on some of the best South Beach hotel swimming pools. The Raleigh Hotel pool topped the list for friendly staff and a cool waterfall, while The Palms South Beach got compliments for its remote Caribbean island feel.
But if you want to be where the truly hip people are, apparently the swimming pool at The Shore Club is your best bet, and you might even meet up with a few holidaying celebrities. But our personal favorite is probably The Delano Hotel, quite simply because their pool features "soothing, underwater music".
This story also has a few useful tips on the security aspect of getting into a hotel pool if you're, well, not exactly entitled to be there. Apparently, the best bet is to approach directly through the hotel lobby:
It's probably best to pick a weekday in the slow season, when the crowds are lighter and security is less intense. Saunter through like you belong there. Walk with a sense of purpose and head east. Eventually, you'll find the rear doors, usually opening to a back veranda with lazy ceiling fans and trendy patio furniture.
These days everyone is looking for four bar, non-complicated, hotel WiFi when they check in. Sure there are a bunch of hotel WiFi lists out there, but they are quickly out of date and unreliable. This week, as a lead up to our popular annual hotel WiFi report, we will let you know our favorite WiFi hotels in five hot travel destinations. The rules are simple. The signal has to fast, and reliable, the cost should be free (at the very least free for guests) and the WiFi experience at these hotels offer a comfortable surfing environment. Have a city or destination you want us to investigate? Let us know. And if you have a favorite WiFi hotel you are willing to share, no matter where it is send it our way.
Miami is pretty much all about partying with as little clothes on as possible so it's not really the place to go do work. Thus internet access is not a top priority when you've got more important things to do like tanning, drinking, reapplying tanning oil and clubbing.
But when we hit up the The Raleigh Hotel we discovered that this Andre Balazs Hotel has property-wide free WiFi, meaning that we could still be by the pool tanning and drinking while cruising the internet. Yes, you have to be a guest, or at least know the free access code to access the network, but that makes sense at a scene hotel like the Raleigh.
The signal worked everywhere. up in our room, down in the lobby, outside by the pool--it even stretched out onto the beach--not like you can actually see your screen through the suns glare on the beach, but it is still cool.
A HotelChatter tipster informs us that the Tides South Beach is under construction this month:
Just wanted to let your readers know that the Tides Hotel South Beach is under some construction which does not fare well for guests.
I was there recently and it was a mess.
Attached are some pictures of it so you can get the idea.
How long will this go on? Who knows, but you probably want to call and check before you drop Tides type cash for a high season room.
Got helpful construction hotel tips? You know where to reach us.
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According to the W South Beach website, the hotel and residences are expected to open "at the end of 2007". Granted, that means the cast and crew has a whole year to finish this 511 unit development, but damn they have some work to do in that timeframe.
When it is finished, and if we were the gambling kind we would pick 08 instead of 07, all units will face the ocean with unobstructed views, all units will have 9 foot ceilings, 5 1350 sq. ft bungalows will be for sale, and all condo owners will have the option of participating in the W Hotels rental program--Setai style--we are guessing.
After the jump we have posted a photo with the crumbling Holiday Inn (soon to be the W South Beach) in the foreground and the starting to sparkle Gansevoort South in the background so you can get a sense of which hotel is in the development lead at this point. In any event, once W South Beach is complete it will this stretch of Miami Beach will be able to boast the Setai, W South Beach, Gansevoort South, in that order. Damn, that should be one high luxe triumvirate.
· W South Beach Coverage [HotelChatter]
A while back we prognosticated that Hotel Gansevoort South, aka Paradiso Miami, would be opened in late 2007, early 2008. That being said, after seeing the facility first hand last week we would like to revise our prediction up a bit. Yeah, how rare is that, however, not only is the huge construction crew working non-stop on the massive project but the crew is also making loads of progress. The outer shell looks pretty much done, save a palm tree top here and there. Furthermore, some decent progress is being made on the interior and exterior grounds.
With all the South Beach hotel delays and non-starters (Hi Nicky!) it is nice to see a project that outwardly appears ahead of schedule. Though it doesn't appear the locals are so keen on the market breed the Gansevoort is promising on their ad curtains--check out the photo--what is getting "Calviniezed"?.
To date, the Gansevoort South crew has been very coy about opening dates, meaning we haven't heard anyone drop an opening date yet. Could it possibly open for Super Bowl weekend? Probably not, but stay tuned.
Read more for another photo or two, and there are plenty more progress photos over on the brand new Gansevoort South hotel page.
· Gansevoort South Coverage [HotelChatter]