Eco-Conscious Hotel Steps from South Beach
The preserved art-deco façade of the Clifton Miami Beach Hotel fits right in with Miami's colorful, playful, and retro architecture, but what you can't see from looking is the hotel's unique and comprehensive commitment to eco-friendly practices. Locally made bamboo furniture and organic, biodegradable bath products are just the beginning. The carbon-neutral building employs energy-efficient lighting as well as recycled textiles and is powered in part by reflective roofing—all while managing to look as sleek and chic as you'd expect from one of the most glamorous cities in the world.
Inside Eco Smart double and king rooms, bamboo platform beds feature mattresses made of 100% renewable materials. Similarly, the fabric used in the curtains and upholstery comes from 100% post-consumer recycled content. A sensor-equipped energy system conserves power when you're not in the room. And even the artwork is earth-friendly—it was printed using water-based inks and framed with recycled wood.
Downstairs in the hotel's lounge, you can sip welcome cocktails before walking half a block to the famous sands of South Beach. Also close by is Clifton's sister property, Carlton South Beach, where Clifton guests can enjoy complimentary access to the hotel's tropical pool and lounge chairs. In the morning, a continental breakfast for two includes orange juice with a bagel or toast topped with butter or jelly.
South Miami Beach: Sunny Shores, Stylish Crowds, and Buzzing Nightlife
South Beach and style go hand in hand, a fact that’s apparent everywhere you look—from the designer swimwear worn on the beach to the trend-setting crowds filling up the dance clubs. A lot of the shopping is clustered on Lincoln Road, where some especially fashionable boutiques restrict access to high-end wares using velvet ropes and mannequins equipped with karate-chop action. For a less intense experience, head over to Bal Harbour Shops, an open-air mall built on the site of a World War II barracks. In addition to offering two stories of designer shops and retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Versace, the complex has a plant-studded courtyard with koi ponds and fountains for a tranquil pit stop.
Staying in SoBe proper definitely has its advantages, including easy access to Ocean Drive, which boasts views of the Atlantic on one side and historical art-deco architecture on the other. Come nightfall, this is also where club-goers gather, having been lured by the beats of celebrity DJs. Though most bars are on the swanky side, you can also find a few low-key piano lounges and dives hosting live bands.
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