The iconic Morris Lapidus–designed Shelborne hotel is a retro-chic 200-room property. It really has everything one covets in a South Beach property: stylish yet functional rooms that channel 1950s glamour; the beach's most oversized poolside cabanas (which also happen to be air-conditioned); a slick pool scene; a private beach club; and a location that offers direct access to downy sands, art deco, and superlative shopping. The rooms tend to be on the small side, but the incredible location makes up for it (and translates to minimal lingering).
Choose from double or king rooms with or without oceanfront balconies. Each room, however, is equipped with Frette 30 thread-count cotton sheets, a mini-bar stocked with premium spirits, writing desk, and a seating area. Some rooms offer pullout sofas.
Modern bathrooms feature a shower stall and GUYandGIRL bath products.
The lobby has been refurbished to its original midcentury modern splendor, thanks to Meg Sharpe of Meg Sharpe Interiors. Sputnik lamps light the way as you walk on iconic terrazzo flooring and explore various settings. Some areas are classic Mad Men style, others made modern and whimsical by the addition of animal prints and chrome accents.
The original diving board towers are a reminder of a bygone era. The pool deck retains its charm, though modernized with chaise lounges, sun umbrellas, and a fully stocked bar.
The property offers meditation by Innergy Meditation every Saturday morning on the beach & every full moon in the garden.
A guest fitness center offers treadmills, stationary bikes, and strength training equipment.
Top Chef alum, Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth partner up on Root & Bone, an outpost of their New York City restaurant that offers modern takes on traditional Southern comfort food. The fried chicken -- brined in sweet tea -- was named the best in New York a few years ago. The Shelborne Caffe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual beachy setting.
Most South Beach restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance. A Miami Beach free trolley runs seven days a week around the city.
Huahua's Taqueria (15-minute walk) offers fast-casual dining in a cheery, dog-friendly setting. Try a refreshing paleta in a number of flavors. Meat Market (15-minute walk) is a sophisticated steakhouse with a bar that's a hotbed of activity during happy hour.
Repour (5-minute walk) serves craft cocktails with herbs grown from its garden. Come for the drinks, stay for the karaoke nights. The Regent Cocktail Club serves classic cocktails with bartenders who "throw" their daiquiris in classical fashion.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A hotel that's a blend of midcentury classic style with modern conveniences in the center of South Beach makes this a great choice for vacationers.