I am the honourary tourist manager for the city of Miami Beach and regularly peek into hotels to see what's up.
I am displeased with the Loews South Beach Hotel at the moment, as they've taken away the south side pool cabanas and are doing noisy construction. Additionally, Emeril's is closed and there is a sense of off-peak mediocrity permeating across this property.
Meanwhile, big hotels like the Eden Roc and Fontainebleau continue to impress and gain upscale guests, while the Four Points Sheraton and Courtyard are great mid-level choices right on the boardwalk in mid-Beach.
In South Beach, being on the beach comes with some warning -- you get what you pay for.
That being said, the Shelborne is wrapping up a MASSIVE renovation. This was a dump for many years. It was home to Studio, a raunchy yet ridiculously fun subterranian (for SoBe at least) karaoke bar. The place was last remodeled in 1975, I bet.
Now, the place is going to be spectacular by NYE 2012, when Lauryn Hill will perform poolside at the best under-the-radar party out there.
Renovated rooms look great and they've borrowed heavily from the nearby Sagamore circa 2007, with lots of white and elegance.
What's sickening are the postings of unsuspecting foreign tourists that are being booked in rooms as the whole place is a disaster area, with continual construction and major renovations. How can any hotel operator continue to use a property that needed, and is getting, such a major facelift?
Once the renovations are done, it will take better management to make this a five-star property. It has the potential and it's location is superb.
I strongly advise that guests do not stay at this hotel prior to Christmas 2011.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting a multi million renovation to be complete at the end of 2011, the Shelborne makes a re-entry to the Miami Beach scene in a classic rebirth of perfect Art Deco style. Modern accommodations and amenities meld seamlessly with tropical retro ambiance while an amazing beachfront location calls you to relax among gentle ocean breezes. Offering an unbeatable location in the heart of the South Beach, the Shelborne is one of the largest meeting and event spaces with over 8,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor flexible space. With three amazing dining outlets on site, there is something to meet everyone's likings. Greet the day with a warm espresso at Vesper American Brasserie outdoor cafe. Lunch and Dinner served daily both in the outdoor cafe and the indoor brasserie. Lucy's Cantina Royale serving up the best in tacos and homemade guacamole with chips made daily. Bar Tanaka is the newest sushi spot to hit South Beach, located in the lobby of the Hotel. Chef Zama Tanaka brings his skills from Philadelphia to serve some of the best sushi dishes Miami has to offer.Let Shelborne play host to any milestone event. Choose from four renovated spaces to accommodate intimate occasions or lavish affairs. Our referrals for preferred event planning specialists and our own onsite catering personnel and wait staff are here to assist with any and all event needs leading up to the big day. From weddings to Bar Mitzvahs, holiday parties to work conferences, Shelborne’s goal is to provide guests with our signature brand of all-inclusive hospitality. Utilizing the top resources on Miami Beach, we’re here to cater to your special celebration. Kick back and enjoy the festivities – and leave the heavy lifting to us. Vesper is the ideal setting to host an engagement party or rehearsal dinner. With three beautiful backdrops to set the tone for your big day, state of the art AV technology, and delicious fare, Vesper American Brasserie will leave both you and your guests extremely satisfied. Lucy's Cantina Royale is the perfect back drop to walk down the aisle as the sun is setting or an oasis to host your guests at a beachfront taqueria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shelborne South Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Shelborne Beach Hotel
- Shelborne Beach Miami
- Hotel Miami Shelbourne