In late 2011, after parting ways with New York's Gansevoort brand, the Gansevoort Miami Beach was rebranded and revamped, its iconic rooftop pool, pool bar, guest room balconies, and colossal lobby upgraded to celebrate the divorce. The contemporary aesthetics extend to the big, sleek lobby, awash in funky lights, and a massive aquarium stocked with small sharks. Want to swim or lounge around with a drink? The huge rooftop pool and bar is the best use of a rooftop in Miami,
and the 50,000-square-foot plaza level has a big pool and an informal open-air restaurant. Rooms are quite large, and highly comfortable, though views are disappointing. The hotel has a David Barton Gym and Spa, the restaurant and lounge STK, and the nightlife hot spot Louis.