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Dream South Beach's Serafina Has a Secret Ingredient

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  Site Where: 1111 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
January 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

We already told you about the arrival of Serafina, the new Italian restaurant at the Dream South Beach. But what we've since learned is that Serafina has something pretty special going for it — something few Miami hotel restaurants get right, including the two chefs who struggled to get this space going in the past 12 months.

The secret ingredient? Common sense. Yes, the Pizza Tartufo Nero (pictured above) is to-die-for. Just like the Prosciutto & Bufaline, the Farfalle al Limoncello and the boozy popsicles for dessert. But it's what all of these dishes have in common that makes Serafina a standout in a city awash in mediocre Italian restaurants: the fact that they're actually perfectly suited to the climate.

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New Serafina Restaurant Is A "Dream" For South Beach

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  Site Where: 1111 Collins Ave. [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
December 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

When restaurateurs and founders of Serafina Restaurant Group Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato were lost at sea, the friends made a promise to one another that if they eventually saw land they would open the best pizza and pasta restaurant they could think of.

Years later, they’ve launched close to a dozen locations of Serafina everywhere from New York City to São Paolo – and now in Miami in the Art Deco and super swanky Dream South Beach.

The new location, which focuses on northern-Italian cuisine, features family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Plus, it boasts a traditional wood stone oven to make the more than 24 varieties of pizza on the menu.

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Last-Minute Art Basel Miami: Drama on Our Final Night

December 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM | by | Comments (2)


Our room at The Betsy

If you want to talk about high hotel rates, let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official days are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but we've been in Miami all week hotel hopping, so we decided to throw caution to the wind for a little experiment: last-minute, day-of hotel reservations for what are the highest peak days in Miami's calendar. We're calling it "Operation Last Resort."

This is our final night of Operation Last Resort, after last-minute stays of the good (at The Dream) and the bad (at The Shelborne). The roller coaster only intensifies with some serious drama that all started with our decision to try another last-minute booking app: Jetsetter Now.

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Last-Minute Art Basel Miami: Two Nights of Regret at The Shelborne

December 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you want to talk about high hotel rates, let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official days are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but we've been in Miami all week hotel hopping, so we decided to throw caution to the wind for a little experiment: last-minute, day-of hotel reservations for what are the highest peak days in Miami's calendar. We're calling it "Operation Last Resort."

Day two of Operation Last Resort, or really it's days two and three since we booked two nights at this next property. Sadly, all last-minute stories can't be as great as Day One, and ours is a cautionary tale.

Again using the HotelTonight app, we went for two nights at Miami Beach's The Shelborne for $428, plus tax totaling $484. Now add two days of $25 resort fees and the real total is actually $534. Believe it or not, this was actually the cheapest option for these dates. ACK-Art Basel!

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Last-Minute Art Basel Miami: Using HotelTonight to Score a Dream

December 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you want to talk about high hotel rates, let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official days are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but we've been in Miami all week hotel hopping, so we decided to throw caution to the wind for a little experiment: last-minute, day-of hotel reservations for what are the highest peak days in Miami's calendar. We're calling it "Operation Last Resort."

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A Peek At Ritz-Carlton South Beach's Newly Reno'd Rooms

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  Site Where: 1 Lincoln Road [map], South Beach, Florida, United States, 33139
October 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (3)

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:

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South Beach's Savoy Hotel: Fresh Dressed, Like a Million Bucks

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  Site Where: 425 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (4)

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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Could a Hyatt Hotel Be Coming to South Beach?

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  Site Where: 3925 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
November 9, 2011 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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South Beach Art Deco Hotel The Savoy Is Getting a Reno

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  Site Where: 425 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
August 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Hotel Victor Brings Even More Italians to South Beach With New Menu at Vix

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  Site Where: 1144 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33139
January 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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You'll See Plenty of Cleave at the Newer, Sexier Cleve This Weekend

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  Site Where: 1020 Ocean Drive Miami, FL [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33139
April 27, 2009 at 11:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

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

More info can be found here; rates at The Clevelander start at $179 and renderings of the new rooms are shown (in teensy images) on the website.

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A Sneak Peak at The Betsy's New Guestrooms

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  Site Where: 440 Ocean Drive [map], Miami, fl, United States, 33139
July 18, 2008 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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