At a Glance
- amazing historic swimming pool
- lobby is a bit dark
- not as social as other South Beach hotels
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Raleigh Hotel Review
This classy art deco gem, now part of the sbe hotel group, balances the perfect amount of style, comfort, and South Beach sultriness, highlighted by the beach's sexiest pool, which was created for champion swimmer Esther Williams. The 1940s design opus keeps history in style, and despite renovations, it maintains a delicious old-school flair and has not succumbed to the hedonist vibe of some neighboring hotels. Ask for an upper-floor room for superlative views of the pool. The in-house restaurant is helmed by Chef Michael Schwartz, Miami's James Beard–award winner.