Arrived at the portico and thought the car must be on fire and we didn't notice as the vehicle was approached on all sides by energetic porters (young, good looking, friendly Cubans) who had the luggage out before I even had my seatbelt undone. The portico has large spacious white leather couches with throw cushions to sit and watch the Aston Martins, Rolls, and the young and hip who arrive nightly at 11PM for the party scene and music around the pool that lasts into the early morning.
Two warmly heated pools curiously with no one swimming in them. Young posers all sitting around on double beds by the pools checking each other out. Bikinis during the day and spaghetti strap beach dresses up to the crotch and ultra high weird looking shoes at night are the dress code. How these 20 somethings can afford the in house boutique styles and everything else on the beach I'll never know. Unfortunately, pools are closed to swimming in the evenings. I loved the flowing curtains in the lobby and all over outside, something like the Arabian Nights, with beautiful tropical plants and subtle lighting. The beach has a paved walkway for strolling or whatever.
Rooms were stark, all cement, but the bedding was fine, the towels thick, and if you arrived with nothing you could pay in the room for everything from prophalactics and vibrator to pool wraps and sun tan lotion. There is a safe in the room, robes, and hair dryer. I stayed with an ocean view and balcony so I could smoke (many restaurants have cigars on their menus). It was windy and on a high floor (which helped with party noise abatement) but the view was spectacular and much nicer than others with rooms on the side where the proximity to the next building bounced endless driving music till the wee hours. We had a good time but very expensive, a cruise would have cost half as much.
PS- We didn't eat at the hotel due to food allergies but no meal we had while in Miami lasted less than two hours, including breakfast. Good if you want to relax and enjoy. Never made it to the spa either, too busy eating and swimming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed by famed British architect David Chipperfield, with landscaping inspired by the rich Matisse-like palette of the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Shore Club shimmers with intrigue and sensuality. Anchored by the original polished terrazzo floor, the elegant furnishings are an eclectic mix evocative of global marketplaces—including relaxed sofas, hand-woven tribal rugs and large patterned throw pillows from Kenya that invite mixing and mingling. The vibe is lively, the atmosphere intimate, the feeling electric. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shore Club Hotel Miami Beach
- Shore Hotel Miami Beach
- The Shore Hotel
- Shore Club Miami
- Shore Club In Miami