Miami Beach 5-Star Hotels

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Miami Beach. It’s a place where famous artists and designers put their signatures on 1930s art deco boutique hotels, using unique recipes of modernism, minimalism, color, whimsy, retro and vintage to create eclectic one-of-a-kind retreats and party destinations.

But you don’t have to throw down $500 a night on a room (although that has obvious rewards) to enjoy their creations. There are no velvet ropes keeping you out of opulent hotel lobbies or many star-filled clubs, just possibly a lack of nerve. Strap on some confidence along with your heels and take a walk on the glamorous side of South Beach where some stars come to work as well as play.

Star-Studded Sensations

There’s celebrity behind the Cardozo Hotel. Gloria Estefan and her husband and producer Emilio Estefan Jr. own the restored 1939 boutique hotel overlooking fashionable Ocean Drive.

Unlike the minimalist-style and crisp and vibrant colors so common in the hotel district, the Cardozo has the warmth of coffee and the romance of Old World Havana. Tones of cream and black dominate the décor and international cultures are subtly blended.

The hotel’s popular Cardozo Bar and Grill serves Italian cuisine. Posters of movies filmed at the hotel line the hallways. African prints decorate the 43 guest rooms that have cherry hardwood floors, wrought-iron beds and black leather furniture. Ocean-view suites sport animal prints and king-size beds are fit for divas.

Estefan isn’t the only musician to apply her creativity to the world of high design in South Beach. Rocker Lenny Kravitz shows his sense of style at Miami’s hottest new nightclub, the Florida Room, inside the famed luxury Delano on Collins Avenue.

Kravitz, who lives just around the corner from his showpiece, designed everything from the Swarovski-crystal chandeliers to the high-waisted waitress uniforms. Playing on instruments of his first love, Kravitz incorporated a clear Lucite replica of his family piano for the piano lounge. The club gets its name from his aunt’s Florida room, a place where he hung out as a child in the summer and listened to music.

Folks like Lance Armstrong inaugurated the first floor speak-easy style lounge, making it an instant celebrity hotspot, much like the hotel itself which has epitomized South Beach swank since it reopened in 1995 with white drapes billowing throughout its palatial lobby. Tim Andreas (designer with the architecture firm Banjo) updated the guest rooms with white-on-white décor and added splashes of green.

While Kravitz enjoys his place at the Delano, actor Robert DeNiro dabbles in dining at the Delano’s sister Miami hotel, The Shore Club. DeNiro is part owner in chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s famed Nobu. A sibling of one of New York’s hottest restaurants, the Delano’s Nobu is the place for sushi on South Beach. The hotel, which also has suspended white drapes in its lobby, attracts a star-studded crowd and those who can afford the very best.

World-renowned architect David Chipperfield applied his minimalist trademark to the elegant hotel rooms and the decadently luxurious penthouse with a private lap pool. The resort’s sexy Skybar explodes with color, primarily reds, and intricate Middle Eastern designs. With four large areas, there’s space for star-gazers as well as stars.

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