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SLS Hotel South Beach – Miami Beach FL (preview)

Grand Opening early November 2012

1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL

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Toured September 11, 2012

With the hotel design by Philippe Stark, you know there will be unexpected surprises, quirks and delights – and you will not be disappointed here. Of course the silver rubber duckie is the most notable, and the pink masked bullhead on the wall by the main entrance cannot be missed. In the Stark designed guest rooms, the amoeba shaped mirror mounted on the ceiling above the bed and the rose-colored glass mirrors above the lavatories provides unexpected reflections.

This Hotel is set back from Collins Avenue providing an auto court for arrivals, with a red carpet walk up the terraced stairway to the entrance. Flanking the red carpeted stairway is a front yard garden with a manicured lawn, citrus trees, and unique lounge chairs. Just before the entrance is the Bazaar Terrace, a casual dining option. Inside you enter into a two-story high space with a historical mural adaptation on the accordion paneled wall on the second floor wall. The tall room is now a dining room. To the left is a more intimate space for reception and check-in. Just past the elevator lobby and stairway, the main walkway takes you through The Bazaar by Jose Andres – the hotel’s main restaurant. It has a chandelier that is, well, Bazaar. I have photos of The Bazaar on my Restaurant Blog.

Just beyond The Bazaar, the walkway takes you out onto the back porch called Bar Centro. This overlooks the swimming pool and the new building with Cabanas on the pool deck level and Villa Guestrooms above on the second floor. The standard Villa Guestrooms are designed by Stark, and the Villa “Penthouse” which overlooks the ocean and the pool was designed by Lenny Kravitz / Kravitz Design. See the separate Villa Penthouse post on my Hotel Blog for photos.

Adjacent to Bar Centro is Katsuya, the hotel’s  japanese restaurant by acclaimed Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi. This “Stark” room is crisp and clean, and it has eyes…the most wonderful eyes. Check out Katsuya on my Restaurant Blog and you will see the eyes.

The Tower Penthouse is also designed by Lenny Kravitz. It brings a cool vibe to the top floor. See the separate Tower Penthouse post on my Hotel Blog for photos.

When this hotel officially opens in early November, it will add a great luxurious quirky option to the South Beach hotel scene. It will also up the ante on service, as SLS stresses service, luxury and style. They have shown the luxury and style…I hope to check in for a weekend sometime soon and see if they also provide great service. Just judging from the staff I met on the tour, I am sure I will not be disappointed.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

Katsuya by Stark

Tower Penthouse Photos –  Lenny Kravitz / Kravitz Design

Villa Penthouse Photos – Lenny Kravitz / Kravitz Design

Floor Plans

SLS Hotel South Beach Website

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Tower Penthouse – SLS Hotel South Beach (preview)

Grand Opening early November 2012

In the SLS Hotel South Beach 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL

Penthouse designed by Lenny Kravitz / Kravitz Design

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Toured September 11, 2012

This Kravitz design has a vibe similar to his Villa Penthouse but seems a little more “flea market” in its decorations, especially in the Great Room. The walls are covered with an eclectic grouping of familiar second-hand prints framed in a cacophony of picture frame styles. Continuing with the picture frame theme, the bar wall opening is surrounded by a huge  leather wrapped beveled frame with a full bar and flat panel TV for entertaining your friends. There are two seating areas on either side of the dining table.

The bedroom suite is more sophisticated. Steamer trunk style wardrobes and a freestanding tub share the bedroom with an interesting art nouveau bed. The bathroom is a long, seamless glass partitioned area with the lavatories and shower.

All in all it would be a great place to stay, but I personally prefer the design of the Villa Penthouse (and with the Tower Penthouse at $3,500 a night- I would save $1,000 a night on the room!).

The Penthouse Floor Plan – see the 5th page of the PDF

SLS Hotel South Beach Website


Villa Penthouse – SLS Hotel South Beach (preview)

Grand Opening early November 2012

In the SLS Hotel South Beach Hotel 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL

Penthouse designed by Lenny Kravitz / Kravitz Design

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Toured September 11, 2012

The Villa Penthouse is the eastern most guest room in the new two-story Cabana and Villa building of the SLS Hotel South Beach. It is just past the silver duckie and has a wraparound balcony that overlooks the pool, beach and the ocean. The Kravitz designed interior is what I would describe as a 70’s mod luxury cabin…..if that makes any sense.

It includes a wall mounted cabinet in the Living Room with an old school turntable and record storage bins…complete with a selection of LPs. On top of the cabinet is a new school iPad in a docking station. What puzzles me is the collection of 5 disparate remotes sitting on the cabinet in front of the iPad. How about an App on the iPad to take care of them all – or if you want to go old school, just get up and walk over to the TV to turn it off  (I am assuming that the turntable does not have a remote….).

The bedroom is cozy with wood-paneled walls and a freestanding bathtub in a marble clad alcove. This is the room to get if you want to have a relaxing getaway. I will just have to save up to pay the $2,500 a night bill.

Villa Penthouse Floor Plan – go to the 4th page of the PDF

SLS Hotel South Beach Website