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Avicii Checks Out of The Avicii Hotel Early

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
March 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last night a DJ did not save anyone's life in Miami. But rather, one DJ caused a major inconvenience for a big South Beach Hotel.

A month ago, we told you how superstar DJ Avicii was taking over the SLS South Beach during Miami Music Week by renaming the hotel, The Avicii Hotel. SLS then promised that guests would be treated to an “EDM-meets-luxury hotel featuring world-class programming and events, exclusive room packages…." Indeed, the SLS transformed itself completely into the Avicii Hotel even putting up the name Avicii above silver SLS letters in front of the hotel.

But it looks like Avicii himself checked out early.

TMZ reports that just before Avicii was to take the stage at Hyde Beach at the hotel for his set, he cancelled. Initial word was that he went to the hospital. TMZ later confirmed that Avicii was discharged from the hospital and that he also checked out of the hotel.

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Tommy Hilfiger Buys The Raleigh; Finally Edges into the Hotel Business

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  Site Where: 1775 Collins Avenue [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33139
March 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

While we were still sobbing into our colorful patterned knitwear over the apparent death of the Missoni hotel brand, came news of another fashion house getting onto the designer hotel bandwagon. Our brief flicker of excitement was extinguished somewhat, however, when we found out it's Tommy Hilfiger.

Actually, the king of prep has been sniffing around the hotel industry for quite a while, though nothing has as yet come out of his hotel opening plans. He even tried to buy the former MetLife clocktower at 5 Madison Avenue (future site of the New York City Edition Hotel) a few years back, but that didn't work out for him.

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Will SLS Take The Avicii Hotel to the Next Le7el?

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing gets a raver’s vacation rolling like a hotel themed around one of the world’s most celebrated DJs.

Avicii, Grammy-nominated electronic dance music producer (and Swedish hottie!), is teaming up with SLS Hotels to bring The Avicii Hotel back to South Beach for this year’s Miami Music Week , where he’s headlining at the Ultra Music Festival for the third year in a row.

From March 26-March 30, guests of The Avicii Hotel at SLS South Beach will be treated to an “EDM-meets-luxury hotel featuring world-class programming and events, exclusive room packages…” the hotel said in a statement.

We’re all for exclusive performances and events just for hotel guests, but what exactly does "EDM-meets-luxury" mean?

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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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Nobu Hotels Confirm Takeover of Eden Roc in Miami

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  Site Where: 4515 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 3, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's official--Nobu Hotels will install itself inside the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach, which was previously a Marriott before the brand fell out of favor with the hotel owners.

But let's be clear-- The Nobu Hotel will be a hotel within a hotel, not entirely a Nobu Hotel. The arrangement will actually be very similar to what the original Nobu Hotel has done inside Caesars Palace in Vegas. Word is it's the Eden Roc's South Tower which will get the Nobu upgrade.

Here's what else is in store, straight from the press release:

The strategy with the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc is centered upon underscoring and showcasing the Eden Roc name with the Nobu Hotel as an additional offering within the Eden Roc property. The Nobu Restaurant at the Eden Roc and other core food and beverage facilities are in the process of being planned and shall involve all stakeholders. David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group has been selected as the designer to ensure the proposed design shall be respectful to our stakeholders, the Morris Lapidus design and the renowned name of the Eden Roc Miami Beach.

Looks like Nobu is keen not to mistake the same mistake as the previous brand, with the multiple bow-downs references to the "stakeholders."

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Nobu Hotels May Take Over Miami's Eden Roc Hotel

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  Site Where: 4515 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
January 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

For a while, it looked like Nobu Hotels had left us impatiently waiting for our next reservation. Since Nobu Las Vegas opened last March, we've been waiting for the Riyadh hotel to open in Saudi Arabai as well as other locations. But so far, no sake, although Nobu did recently announce a new hotel for Manilla. But today, this happened.

The Miami Herald's Lesley Abravanel reports that Nobu Hotels will actually take over the existing Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach in late 2014. Formerly a Marriott Hotel, the Eden Roc ran into some issues, to say the least, with Marriott and won a lawsuit to boot the hotel brand out.

MH says that "Nobu will head the resort's F&B operations and the south tower will turn into the Nobu Hotel, similar to the arrangement at Caesar's Palace." That means that the Nobu restaurant will also move from its current location at the Shore Club into the Eden Roc.

So far, everything is still unconfirmed but we're inclined to believe it's legit. Boy, Miami's hotel scene is going to be cray cray in the next few years. Even crazier than normal, which we didn't think was possible.

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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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