Contemporary Suites on Vibrant Ocean Drive
On one side of Ocean Drive, art-deco hotels, restaurants, and clubs line the sidewalks. On the other is the Atlantic Ocean and its white-sand beaches. Casa Grande Suite Hotel, which sits right on Ocean Drive and faces the waterfront, couldn’t be closer to the action.
Visitors enter the hotel via a walkway between two restaurants. Once inside, you'll be greeted by a host stationed in the blue-tinged lobby. Each hotel suite features a fully stocked kitchen, an iPod docking station, and modern decor with Indonesian touches.
South Beach, Florida: Sultry Clubs and Pristine Beaches amid Historical Art-Deco Architecture
Miami Beach draws an international crowd with its boisterous nightlife and 9 miles of sandy beaches. The city, which is separated from Miami by Biscayne Bay, centers around the 25-block South Beach neighborhood (also known as SoBe), a trendy spot sprinkled with fusion restaurants and nightclubs open until 5 a.m. Nearby, Lummus Park Beach—named Miami’s Best Beach for People-Watching by _Frommer’s_—is famous for its naturally white sands, celebrity sightings, and scarecrow lifeguards.
Hundreds of confection-colored buildings built between 1923 and 1943 populate South Beach’s art-deco historical district, the first 20th-century neighborhood recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. For a quick tour, stroll down Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive, where you’ll find the 1930s Versace Mansion, modeled after Christopher Columbus’s home. The Miami Design Preservation League's Art Deco Welcome Center offers walking tours that are more comprehensive, exploring the area's Miami Modern and Mediterranean Revival architecture.