South Beach

Spring break is fast approaching — thank goodness! We’re ready to say “goodbye” to the blizzards, tornadoes, you name it, of this winter and “hello” to fun in the sun. Well, plenty of fun in the sun can be found in Miami, where thousands of college spring breakers choose to spend their week off. But whether you’re a crazy co-ed, or of a more sophisticated crowd, there’s a spot for you in scene-y Miami. And why visit Miami if you’re not going to stay in South Beach? [Ed. note: There are actually plenty of reasons why one would choose to stay somewhere like Coral Gables or Fisher Island instead, but Spring Break in South Beach has a nice ring to it, right?] So we’ve hand-picked hotels for every kind of spring breaker: Want a 90%* chance of spotting a celeb? Want to party all night and sleep all day? Want to bring the whole family along? We have a spot for you.

Our Pick for Celebrity Sightings: Delano Hotel

Catch Bradley's eye at the Delano Hotel.

It’s harder to think of celebs who haven’t stayed at the Delano than those who have. Everyone from George Clooney to Beyonce, Sandra Bullock to Matthew McConaughey, Chris Rock to Justin Timberlake have all called the Delano home, at least for a night or two. The most recent sightings to add to the roster? Less than two weeks ago, Gerard Butler (sigh), Leonardo DiCaprio (double sigh), Bradley Cooper (triple sigh), and even Mel Gibson (uh, not so much) were spotted dining together at the hotel’s Bianca restaurant before heading downstairs to the FDR nightclub.

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The Gale South Beach

In the 1940s, Gale South Beach and Regent Hotel stood on Collins Avenue, one of South Beach’s main Art Deco drags. Two months ago, just in time for Art Basel, the two properties re-opened as one very hip, very retro hotel. From the young team that remodeled the historic Shelborne Hotel (just down the street), Gale’s brand new interiors  – the restoration clocked in at $35 million — manage to maintain the vibe of a bygone era, while also reaching modern luxury standards. Black-and-white photos (many pulled from ‘40s and ‘50s archives) line hallways and adorn rooms; terrazzo lines the lobby floor; and outdoor signage replicates the hotels’ originals to a T.

Along with a flurry of other hip, boutique openings on Collins Avenue lately (SLS Hotel South Beach and The James Royal Palm, for example), it’s clear that Gale’s serious focus on cocktails, socializing, and retro style will make it a major player with the in-crowd.

Take a photo tour after the jump and keep your eyes peeled for the full review, coming to Oyster.com soon!
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The Oriental Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, China

The Oriental Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, China

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? When the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong first opened in 1963, it was the tallest building on the island.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Greta Garbo Suite, unveiled recently at the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel Stockholm on the occasion of the hotel’s 100th anniversary, displays memorabilia from the Greta Garbo Museum in Hogsby.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills offers in-room iPads with an app that allows guests to order a bottle of champagne to their room with just one click.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Hotel Indigo London – Paddington is now offering a package that includes free breakfast and a cocktail prepared using regionally-sourced ingredients.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The US Grant — a Luxury Collection Hotel recently offered suites for just $1.02 in celebration of its 102th birthday.

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While there are plenty of luxurious hotels out there, some hotels take luxury to a whole other level (which means prices on a whole new level, too). But when you really need to unwind away from home, there’s no better way to indulge than heading to a luxe hotel with an equally luxe spa for some much-need pampering. Whether they’re offering oils of gold, creams of caviar, or bathtubs of wine, these hotel spas aren’t shy about offering their guests the royal treatment – and charging them royally, too.

Treatment: Evian Bath for $5,000

Spa: Spa V at Hotel Victor, South Beach

Hotel Victor pampers guests with the finest bath water in South Beach

Not many of the treatments at Hotel Victor in South Beach come cheap, but the Evian bath is particularly pricey. The bath, consisting of 1,000 bottles of the French mineral water, is only available to guests of the $10,000 per night penthouse suite, and includes champagne, dessert, and an additional treatment of choice for two.

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The Pool at the W South Beach: Miami, FL

The Pool at the W South Beach; Miami, FL

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The W South Beach has teamed up with Magellan Jets and is offering guests who book a VIP Suite at the hotel discounted rates when chartering flights with the private jet company.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Rihanna kicked Chris Brown out of the hotel where she was staying — the trendy Gansevoort Park Avenue — after she found out he gave papparazzi a head’s up that he’d be meeting up with his former flame.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Langham Hotel London jannounced it will transform its popular Palm Court restaurant into a “Gin Palace” – like the ones Londoners enjoyed in the 1800’s — three nights a week.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? ME Cancun wants you to pamper your pooch with a new package that includes doggy mani/pedis, gourmet treats, massages, toys and a comfy blanket with a hood.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Actor Gene Kelly and author Ernest Hemingway shared cocktails and sushi at the Hotel Wellington’s Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant in 1958.

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Foto Friday: Caption This Photo!

by Devon on September 21, 2012

Expect the unexpected on the streets of Miami.

From the looks of this pic, it seems that opposites really do attract. We ran into our tough-meets-fluff friends on the streets of Miami, where playful Foofers and her mean-muggin’ buddy took some time to enjoy a walk around the gorgeous South Beach neighborhood. Though we aren’t exactly sure where these two are headed, we’re positive they’ll be able to turn some heads no matter where they end up.

Read our caption after the jump, then enter your own in the comments section below!

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The Junior Suite at the Dream South Beach; South Beach, Miami, FL

The Junior Suite at the Dream South Beach -- Doesn't it just feel so SoBe?

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Dream South Beach is offering a $2/night room rate in honor of its second anniversary on June 1.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The price of a pair of the sunglasses included in the W Los Angeles Westwood‘s “Shades of Summer” package is worth about half of the price of the entire package itself.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A woman recently won a yacht while playing a penny slot machine at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Ace x Tanner Goods Bracelets sold at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs cost one-third of the price of a weeknight stay.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Hotel Indigo Edinburgh’s room service includes a private ,10-minute stand-up comedy act.

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Rooftop Bar at The Perry South Beach; Miami, FL
Rooftop Bar at The Perry South Beach; Miami, FL

There’s nothing like a rooftop bar to kick off the warm months, and with the crazy weather patterns of the last few weeks, there’s nothing that sounds more appealing right now than getting a drink with a view. If you’re daydreaming about sipping on a perfectly made cocktail a few stories above street level too, check out our selection of the hottest hotel rooftop bars across the country now.

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