Down-to-earth luxe: celebrity style, for regular people

by William on December 30, 2009

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The Studio Suite, the standard room type, at the Setai in South Beach, Miami

At just under $800 for the average night, a guest room at the Setai is about the most expensive hotel room in South Beach. What do you get for this extraordinary splurge? Mood-lit style; an extraordinary restaurant; a beachfront location; large suites — all this you can find elsewhere, and for a lot less cash.  Largely, you’re paying for a slight but not impossible chance of spotting Giselle lounging by the pool. For most people — anyone without an uncommonly thriving multinational corporation, a blockbuster film, or a royal family — spending this kind of cash for a hotel room is out of the question.

If the recession, the holiday cash crunch, and common sense still factor into your vacation planning, consider this: Just down the block, the Z Ocean Hotel offers even larger, adequately shmancy  suites, a hip pool (with a sexy glass-bottom above the Table 8 restaurant), a renowned celebrity-chef-led restaurant (available for room service), a spa, and an even more convenient beachfront location in the heart of the action — all for less than $200 per night.

The South Beach Suite, also the standard room type, at the Z Ocean hotel in South Beach, Miami

The huge, South Beach Suite (the standard room type) at the Z Ocean hotel in South Beach, Miami

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