We just spent three nights in South Beach for work. We chose the Gale as we knew it had recently had a major renovation. The hotel was great, we loved the decor, the rooms were very comfortable and new. Even though it is a Deco building the whole thing is brand new but has a feel of the past. You could expect to see one of the 50's Brat pack walking the halls. The staff was attentive and friendly. You always got a smile and a greeting walking by the front desk.
I did not get to enjoy the rooftop pool or dining while there but the bar in the back had a very attractive crowd every night when we walked through after our day at work.
We would stay again and recommend to anyone visiting South Beach.