If you are looking for a low key retro hip place to stay in South Beach look no further. This is your hotel. If you're looking for a resort style property with resort style rooms,(and bathrooms), you'll be better off at The Loews or Ritz down the street. And if you're looking for the hippest hot hotel in SB, sbe, the owner of the Raleigh, has got you covered, the SLS Hotel just a few doors away would be perfect for you.
The Raleigh is a wonderful Oasis in all that is South Beach. Slipping through the back gate after a night out, or a day at the beach there's a sense of relief and cool classic vibe. The grounds are fairly quiet at night and glow with the luminescence of the fantastic pool and lights strung through the tree's. There are a couple of great bars to where you can grab a night cap and reflect on the adventures of the day.
Ninety percent of the staff we encountered in our 5 day stay were A+. Thanks go out to those who went above and beyond to make our time at the Raleigh memorable. The Michael Schwartz restaurant is not to be missed whether you stay at the Raleigh or not.
I would put the outdoor space at the Raleigh up against any property in the area. The pool and beach,(staff of both included), are fantastic. One caveat; the music played at the front to the pool is the soundtrack fro the restaurant. It is a fairly refined strongly driven horn based jazz track. It is completely out of context for spending a relaxing afternoon by the pool. Move to the back of the pool for more appropriate chill lounge.
Lastly, be aware that there is construction going on everywhere in SB. Some of it seasonal, as some of the rooms at the Raleigh are undergoing renovations. This will have no impact on your stay other than you can't rent those rooms....which are very desirable. But more importantly there are major properties undergoing major re-do's up and down the strip that will go on long after the slow season is over. Be informed before you book as it may impact your stay.
Choosing the Raleigh is a lifestyle preference that is subjective. For us, it was perfect combination. We'll be back.
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