Michael W.

Yes, that's a Best Western.

Yes, that's a Best Western.

If you’re like most people, you probably associate Best Western with decrepit roadside motels, perhaps with a scenic view of a major interstate highway, perhaps in Nevada. For one thing, many Best Westerns are roadside motels off major interstates in Nevada (not that there’s anything wrong with that…). Exempli gratia, the Best Western Pahrump Station, which Oyster will probably not be covering anytime soon. Then there’s that cheesy blue and yellow “Gold Crown” logo, which virtually screams flyover state motor lodge.
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Sunset Tower

Gotta love the brevity of the Sunset Tower

Hotels do more than just put gold stickers on toilet paper to separate themselves from their competitors. Even things as mundane as the ubiquitous “Do Not Disturb” signs have taken a turn for the quirky (and punny, and bawdy, and…).

The following are from hotels owned by companies known for bringing a light touch to their management (check out Le Parker Meridien’s website to get a taste of their sensibility):

Le Parker Meridien

Le Parker Meridien

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Everyone knows Miami Beach is famous for sand, sun, fun, bikinis, and bods. What’s less known, at least to visitors, is that it’s also home to a thriving Jewish community. One site worth checking out is the Holocaust Memorial, about half a mile inland at 20th Street, in South Beach. It presents a sobering (and yes, potentially awkward) contrast to the 24-hour levity and debauchery taking place just several blocks east.

The most conspicuous subgroup of this Jewish community is the Hasidic population in Mid-Beach. I was taken aback the first time I ran into men and women, decked out in full garb — in 80-degree weather — strolling down Collins Avenue alongside tattooed teenagers and artificially-enhanced women.

Hasidim in Mid-Beach

Hasidim in Mid-Beach

Yet another Miami Beach fashion quirk.

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