Art-Deco Hotel in Miami’s South Beach
South Beach's iconic art-deco district is visually arresting—before a backdrop of towering palm trees, hundreds of pastel hotels are stacked side by side, making up the greatest concentration of art-deco architecture in the world. The swanky Royal South Beach Hotel, built in 1938 at the height of art deco's Streamline Moderne movement, is right at home in this setting. The boutique hotel was recently revamped by Bellagio codesigner Jordan Mozer, whose edgy twist on the art-deco style includes vibrant surrealist paintings in the lobby and futuristic decor in the guest rooms.
The bright, airy guest rooms are also decked out with art-deco accents and modish furniture, such as sleek molded-plastic lounge chairs and a floating queen bed. Bold blue, green, and orange tones underscore Italian marble floors and stark white walls. Outside, you'll find a bright-purple sun deck complete with umbrella-topped tables and a roomy jacuzzi surrounded by tropical foliage.
South Beach, Florida: Sultry Clubs and Pristine Beaches amid Historical Art-Deco Architecture
Miami Beach draws an international crowd with its boisterous nightlife and nine 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.
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