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This is party-hard South Beach, where hotels are judged by the popularity of their pool scene, and the SLS has one of the best. Join the local in-crowd and order sushi rolls from your double lounger or cool down with a frozen cocktail push-pop. There's a sexy surfer bar, an artificial beach, plus a quieter pool just for guests, with cushioned loungers and cabanas to rent -- each larger (and pricier) than most of the hotel bedrooms.
Condé Nast Traveler is also full of praise for the diligent service and "happening" restaurants, which "put this hotel a few notches above the area standard." Imaginative fusion tapas, such as Japanese grilled eel tacos are on offer at José Andrés' The Bazaar, and there's sushi from top LA chef Katsuya Uechi. The hotel also offers a free BMW car service within a 3-mile radius for nights on the town.
The tallest art deco tower on the beachfront, the hip SLS Hotel has always been a Miami landmark, but Philippe Starck's 2012 redesign added a playful vintage vibe. It's now "a recognized nightlife hot spot," says Elle magazine, two blocks from Lincoln Road shops and a 10-minute walk from the boardwalk restaurants on Ocean Drive.
The all-white bedrooms have a sense of fun, with mirrors on the ceiling and fancy iPads for ordering room service. Not many face the ocean -- the best views are from floor eight upward. The pick of the bunch are the two penthouse suites just above the pool deck, designed by Lenny Kravitz.
There's a $20 nightly resort fee plus tax, which includes Wi-Fi, gym access, morning coffee and two beach chairs and daily towels on the beach. There's an extra charge for beach umbrellas.
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