Top 10 Hip Hotels in Miami/South Florida
A comfortably stylish 1940s ambience and the most famous pool on South Beach.
Despite its rich history, the 1940s, beachfront Raleigh Hotel feels fated for the 21st century. Its classic style was ripe for the picking when it was purchased by trendsetter André Balazs, of New York's Mercer and Los Angeles's Standard fame. Placing a heavy emphasis on service, Balazs has taken this L. Murray Dixon-designed deco landmark and maintained its integrity while streamlining it for the hipster crowd. Among the features he's showcasing are the scallop-shaped swimming pool (once graced by Esther Williams) and pool area, and the 300-foot private beach oasis (a real luxury in this overcrowded area). Of the 104 guest rooms and suites, the most spectacular is the 6,000-square-foot, three-bedroom penthouse with a nearly 2,000-square-foot terrace. Wining and dining options consist of Restaurant Michael Schwartz for seasonally inspired dishes and the Coffee Bar for light fare. Cocktails can be sipped at either the Martini Bar or Pool Bar. When you're ready to spa, there's a private shuttle to the extensive facilities at sister property, The Standard, on Lido Island. All rooms and public areas enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access.