I did a vacation in 2009 to the Shelborne with a condo owner vs Hotel and was presently surprised at the location and amenities of what I got for $99 a night. Free Bottle of wine on arrival, Free beach and pool towels daily, Internet access, beach chairs in my walk in closet, view to die for from the 15th floor etc. but when I read the horror stories of the re-construction I was afraid to return.
But, Return I did on my birthday this month and what a surprise!! You can see for yourself from my pictures as I arrived to find Microsoft Bing hosting a pool party for Art Basel at the newly renovated property. I love the new Jacuzzi layout and pool deck with garden paths to the beach. The Mezz Level deck with views of the beach and pool is a nice feature and the Bing crowd loved the hosted bar set up there for their event. The lobby looked great but who cares about a lobby and everytime I turned around there was a new bar in operation. The comments I read about construction being everywhere must have been true because this place is totally different today from 2 years ago. WOW. Shelborne nicely done.
Don't get me wrong there were still a lot of elevator congestion with all the rooms being upgraded by construction types going up and down but who spends any time in an elevator when there is that great topless beach out there. And i was on the 15th floor away from it all.
- 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