The vibe at SLS South Beach is definitely “see and be seen”. The Hotel has separate public entrances to its bars and a pool, while retaining some private, areas for guests only. The open layout of the outdoor space, called “Hyde Beach” encompassing the pool and beachfront is perfect for people watching, even if you’re not staying on-property.
Rooms are small but interesting and designer Philippe Starck’s sense of fun is evident in the “Madam Pompadour” black and white theme, draped walls, mirrors on the ceilings, pink safes and rose-hued glass shower stalls. There is an iPad2 in every room. We had a tour of the Tower Penthouse Suite designed by Renaissance Man, Lenny Kravtiz. A room worthy of a rock star, the furnishings are a funky mix of global art and modern conveniences and yet include a classic record player and albums. Kravitz also designed the Villa Penthouse.
Riding the elevators at the SLS feels like standing in a bus shed in a metropolitan city. There are life-size murals of people behind Plexiglas. Apparently, the Designer did not want single occupants of the Hotel’s elevators to feel alone in the space.
The SLS is a haven for food pilgrims. Renowned Chef José Andrés mans the “Bazaar” Restaurant and Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi is in charge at “Katsuya” , a Starck converted ballroom. The hip “Dragon Lounge” is upstairs.
The SLS does not have a dedicated Spa but there is a full service salon and in-room massages for guests can be arranged.
The SLS has just assumed management of neighboring South Beach Hotel, “The Raleigh”. Soft renovations are in progress.
If you’re going to the SLS or Raleigh, close public parking is on 16th Street and Collins Avenue. The Hotels are just a couple of blocks away from shopping and dining options on Lincoln Road.
Virtuoso Amenities at the SLS Hotel South Beach are Continental Breakfast for 2 daily, upgrade upon arrival, if available, In-Room amenity and a $100 Food & Beverage credit, once per stay.