From historic boutique hotels to luxurious penthouse villas, the array of accommodations in Miami Beach is ever-changing and always interesting.
The embodiment of California cool, boutique hotel group Palisociety brings its bohemian style to the subtropics for its first East Coast location, Palihouse Miami Beach. Located along the Indian Creek Waterway, the lovingly renovated Streamline Moderne structure once housed the Greenbrier Hotel, which first opened in 1940. The property’s eclectic style embraces its surroundings while staying true to its signature aesthetic in 70 guest rooms, all of which are equipped with a charming retro kitchenette. A private dock, pool and the Greenbrier Swim & Social lounge round out the locale.
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The heyday of 1940s Ocean Drive lives on in spirit at the Celino South Beach. The development resurrects the iconic Park Central Hotel, which closed in 2015, combining the old hotel’s original structure with three other classic Art Deco buildings to create the 132-guest room property. Toronto-based design studio Navigate makes its U.S. debut on the project. Highlights include a rooftop sundeck with a glass-bottom pool that casts underwater light images in the new five-story atrium below, which will showcase a 30-foot-high mural by French street artist Mr. Brainwash.
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A quiet respite overlooking the ocean, the Nobu Hotel Miami Beach’s private penthouse villas provide a Zen retreat among the city’s hustle and bustle. Designed by the Rockwell Group, the three villas offer a contemporary twist on the traditional Japanese beach house, embracing natural wood, indoor-outdoor dining and wide-open views. The result: a warm and minimalist blend of white-oak flooring, Italian marble, custom wallcoverings and Japanese-inflected artworks. The spacious villas also feature thoughtful details ideal for entertaining, from a full bar and chef’s kitchen to an interconnected Bose sound system.
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Once a favorite Miami haunt of author Ernest Hemingway, the historic Angler’s Hotel in South Beach begins a new chapter with a dramatic expansion and eye-catching revamp designed by San Francisco-based firm Nicole Hollis. New to the original structure is a stunning geometric glass-walled wing containing 85 additional rooms, a bar, a courtyard and a dramatic pool deck overlooking the city. The transformed spaces are an earthy medley of warm wood, metal and woven accents inspired by Florida’s past. The lobby also includes a carved-wood installation by furniture maker John Houshmand and a brass paillette accent wall by Devon Brady of Livework Studios. In contrast, the new room designs reflect the sea and sky through a fresh palette of white and cobalt blue.