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Another New Hotel is Coming to South Beach And The Name is Easy to Remember

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  Site Where: 236 21st Street [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
January 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are quite a few new hotels coming to Miami in 2014 but the one opening in South Beach in March will be pretty easy to remember, because it's simply called, The South Beach Hotel.

The 51-room boutique hotel is located in Collins Park, just a block from the Miami Beach Convention Center. While its previous incarnation was the similarly-named SBH South Beach Hotel, the rebranded South Beach Hotel has new owners and management--the Think Hotel Group who've opened the nearby Boulan Hotel and Sweetwater Beer Garden.

Their South Beach Hotel has been completed renovated and now features a revamped outdoor courtyard, hand-carved Guatamalan wood furniture in the lobby and minimalist guest rooms with free WiFi and room service from the Charles St. Restaurant.

The hotel is also family-friendly with junior suites that have either a king bed or two queen-sized bed and a kitchenette with cribs available on request. Oh and of course, there's a pool--the ultimate family-friendly amenity.

But above all, we're digging the opening rates which start at $175 a night. While the hotel officially opens in March, it's taking reservation now while in preview mode. The Think Hotel Group is also working on two more hotels in the same area--The Ansonia and The Plymouth. Those are expected to open sometime next year.

[Photo: South Beach Hotel]

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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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An Ode to The Delano...Again

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  Site Where: 1685 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
December 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our love for the design of The Delano South Beach is nothing new. But on a recent stop at the hotel, we couldn't help but be captivated by the Delano's mysterious look all over again.

From the outside, The Delano is still the best-looking building on Collins Avenue, built in 1947, at the time the tallest art deco tower in Miami. It was completely renovated on the inside in 1994 by one Philippe Starck. The inside remains largely unchanged since Starck had his way with it. The billowing curtains still dance with the breeze in the lobby and the oversized furniture still greets guests at the entrance. But we particularly loved the back patio of the hotel, just before the pool area begins, which has an interesting topiary arrangement.

The Delano still commands a high rate, especially now as we move into "the season" ($600 and up) but service can be spotty and the white-on-white guest rooms are pretty small, according to recent TripAdvisor reviews. Then again, that sounds about right for a hotel in Miami Beach.

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This Christmas, Gift Someone With The Smell of The Setai

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  Site Where: 2001 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
December 10, 2013 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Visitors to the The Setai in South Beach this month might notice the property smelling a little more fragrant than usual. That's because master perfumer, Roja Dove, of Roja Perfumes (and formerly of Guerlain) has created a new fragrance especially for the luxury hotel.

The orange-inspired Neroli-based scent is now present throughout all areas of the hotel and can be found in the new line of bathroom amenities from the shampoo to conditioner, shower gel, body milk, and hand soap. Roja himself traveled to the Setai last New Year's to conduct research for the "olfactory project." And here's what he came up:

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The Best Room to Book at The Hotel Victor in South Beach

December 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (2)

GUESS THE HOTEL REVEALED!

Yes, once upon a time the Hotel Victor hosted a party with P. Diddy and penguins, in the middle of South Beach no less, but today the hotel has a decidedly upscale beach house vibe, rather than over-the-top party spot, all thanks to the new interiors from Yabu Pushelberg.

We got to peek at the $8 million worth of renovations in person the other week and right away we were impressed with the bright and airy lobby area which features communal tables topped with shiny new iMacs and plenty of other comfy lounge seating. (This is a vast improvement from the old days, aka 2006 when a bouncer stood watch at the door and the lobby had weird, dark and stormy vibe, complete with jelly fish sconces.)

At the front of the hotel, near the old entrance, (the new entrance is just off to the side of the existing one and leads guests right to the elevators) is a small but mighty bar that during the day, folds up and looks almost look like an ordinary cabinet. But at night, and during other lobby events, the cabinet unfolds to reveal a beautiful mirrored bar.

Peruse the photos below and keep reading for the Best Room to Book!

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Katsuya at SLS South Beach: The Sushi Lover's Spot

Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
December 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (4)

Today, we'd like to introduce our former Vegas Club Kid, BrandyAlxander, who's traded in The Strip in Sin City for Ocean Drive in Miami Beach where there is about the same amount of sinning but less amount of clothes. Here's her first report for us on her virgin South Beach experience.

We're already smitten with the lineup of South Beach's sexy hotels along Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive. Last week, we had our first foray into the Miami hotel scene with SLS South Beach.

Within minutes of entering the hotel, we found that its vibe is very much reflective of its clientele: posh, avant garde and expensive.

And, we wouldn't have it any other way! SLS is both gorgeous and quirky, with dramatic chandeliers, plush drapes, luchador mask-wearing bulls and Victorian portraits of chimps. (You kinda have to be there to grasp how cool it is.)

And on the expensive note, you can imagine our excitement upon learning Katsuya, the sushi restaurant inside SLS, hosts a daily Social Hour (aka happy hour) from 6-9 pm in the upper level of the restaurant. Half price starters and signature sushi along with cocktails in South Beach? We're so there. Our party arrived with just a few minutes left of the Social Hour, so naturally, we ordered as much off the menu as we could.

Here's a quick recap of the "mmm" and "meh" dishes we sampled. (You may want to take note especially as SLS and sbe keep on expanding their properties across the U.S and Katsuya is sure to come along.)

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The Angler's Hotel in Miami Beach is Now a Kimpton Hotel

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  Site Where: 660 Washington Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

Here's another Miami Hotel Mambo move for you. As of just the other day, the Angler's Hotel on Washington Avenue, has become a Kimpton Hotel. This marks the third Kimpton Hotel in the Miami area. They already have the EPIC and the beachfront Surfcomber Hotel.

As far as we can see, not much has changed since we last stayed there.. There was an addition that opened in early 2008 and now, another expansion is planned for next year that will add 83 new rooms as well as a rooftop pool and a new lobby.

The Angler's has always had free WiFi but now you'll have to be a member of Kimpton's InTouch loyalty program to get it. The Angler's has also already begun Kimpton-izing the rest of the hotel to include hosted wine hour, yoga mats and animal-print bathrobes in the closet, a "You Forgot It, We Got It" list of complimentary toiletries and complimentary morning coffee and tea service from 6am to 10am every day.

Rates this weekend start at $339 a night.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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This Thursday, Do The Mambo With HotelChatter in Miami (Or Something Like That)

Where: 1701 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you drink too much and stumble down these steps, we promise to keep your secret. Because we're good like that.

In case you forgot, our HotelChatter Meet-Up is happening in MIAMI this Thursday, November 21st at Bar Centro at the SLS South Beach at 6:30pm.

We know there's a ton of other events happening this day (some lame, some kinda cool) but we'd love to meet you in real life. (Or at least, I would.) So come on out if you're free or looking for something to do before your next Match.com Tinder date.

So if you love hotels, travel and drinking or if you just want the chance to say FU hi to HotelChatter in person, come join us. We'll be Twittering (tweeting?) our arrival and of course, our observations but don't worry, we won't make you use some lame hashtag or anything.

When: Thursday, November 21
Where: Bar Centro at the SLS South Beach
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Who: For anyone in the hotel and travel business from travel writers to hotel employees to hotel geeks and even guests who just happen to be visiting the hotel that night. We wanna meet you all!

Can't make it? Be sure to follow us on HotelChatter and like us on Facebook to get updates from the event! PS. Thanks to Gregg Rory for forcing us to get out of our caves and socialize again.

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Well, That Didn't Last Long: The Tides is No Longer a King & Grove Hotel

Where: 1220 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

We were super excited back in late 2011 when up and coming boutique brand, King & Grove Hotels, took over the The Tides South Beach, namely because they were outfitting the place with free WiFi.

Now two years on, King & Grove is out at the Tides. They've removed the Miami property from their website and the Tides is just a stand-alone property. We're working on tracking down a reason for the split but King & Grove has been going through some big changes recently.

However, we bet the folks at Viceroy Hotels are fuming right now, especially since they had to de-brand their Tides Hotels spin-offs in Zihuatanejo, Rivera Maya and St. Lucia after they lost out on The Tides to K&G.

Whatever the reason for the switcheroo, it doesn't seem to be affecting the hotel's room rates. We found a "Best Available Rate" on their website this weekend for $525 a night. Fortunately, the WiFi is still free.

Big props to @DeeTCL for the heads-up

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Hyatt to Sizzle in South Beach in 2015 (But Will It Be an Andaz?)

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  Site Where: 1600 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
October 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

A long, long time ago we wondered if a Hyatt could be coming to South Beach? Well guess what? Yes, Hyatt will finally be strapping on their roller blades to go cruising down Ocean Drive. Ok, well maybe not quite Ocean Drive but close.

According to South Florida Business Journal, the property will open at 1600 Collins Ave. It will be a small hotel with only 105 rooms, an outdoor pool, fitness center and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. And we're guessing some muy caliente F&B options too.

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Whoops. Riviera South Beach Used Fake Banksy Tiles

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  Site Where: 2000 Liberty Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
October 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Riviera South Beach was pretty proud of themselves for having scored some precious Banksy grafitti art tiles that are used in some of the public spaces, including lavatories, of their newest hotel addition. But The Miami New Times has discovered that these Banksy tiles are actually fake.

Apparently, the tiles were acquired from a Spanish company, Peronda, who has told the Miami New Times that the tiles are "Banksy-inspired" but are not actually his work. That's why the tiles are called, "Bansky." However, the Riviera South Beach's owners, the father-son team, Nathan and Alan Lieberman, believed that the tiles were really done by Banksy. In an email to the New Times' Ciara LaVelle, Alan Liberman wrotethe following:

Banksy was commissioned to do a series of different large tiles. There are a dozen different graffiti drawings of his most familiar and popular work. I was aware of his art being made available and contacted his agent and then placed the tiles throughout the new Riviera South Beach Hotel building's common areas.

Yet Banksy's own publicist has weighed in on the matter calling the tiles "fake." Whoops.

We're awaiting a reply from the hotel's PR rep but in the meantime, just know that you aren't in the presence of Banksy when going to the loo at the Riviera.

[Photo: Riviera South Beach]

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UPDATED: Banksy Has (NOT) Put His Mark on The Riviera South Beach

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  Site Where: 2000 Liberty Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
October 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

UPDATE: The tiles are totally fake.

The stylish Riviera South Beach has just opened a third addition to their hotel complex, adding 43 new rooms for a total of 160.

The guestrooms in this entirely new building (the first of its kind for the South Beach Hotel Group) are described as "contemporary chic meets modern industrialism." True to that, the rooms feature chrome balconies and concrete ceilings which are softened by post-modern leather furniture, polished wooden floors and silk draperies. Amenities also include Tempurpedic pillow-top custom beds, oversized bathrooms with rainfall showers, 42" flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, slippers and C.O. Bigelow toiletries. Oh and we can't forget about the free WiFi.

But perhaps more exciting than having new rooms to lounge around in is the artistic touch of British street artist, Banksy, who signature surrealism and larger-then-life abstract artwork is featured on the tiling in some of the public spaces and bathrooms.

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