The Mondrian South Beach infuses life into the beach's lesser-known western perimeter and rises as a poster child of SoBe design glam—head to toe, the hotel is a living and functioning work of art, an ingenious vision of provocateur Marcel Wanders. The "wow" factor is ubiquitous throughout Wanders's eccentric vision of Sleeping Beauty's castle near the shores of South Beach—though this vision was toned down during an early 2015 refurbishment (e.g. the iconic big-eyed sea sirens are now gone from the common areas and most guest rooms). From baroque seaweed patterns on the walls to oversize furnishings of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids proportions, this contemporary castle has designers and trendsetters dropping by to see what all the fuss is about. Rooms are bright and airy, continuing Wanders's "under the sea" theme. The pool scene here is totally happening, packed with hot bodies and European stunners year-round. The West Avenue location affords picture-perfect sunsets, but it's a 10- to 15-minute trek to the beach. The hotel's Sunset Lounge is renowned for its mojitos and restaurant La Savina for excellent Spanish coastal cuisine.