By Theresa Catena
If you love the idea of a relaxing weekend by the beach, but your significant
other requires a bit more, before packing a bag, then consider this. Situated
in the heart of South Beach, The Hotel is the perfect retreat for
couples in search of a comforting, yet hip hotel with a 24-hour option
to party. Crafted by fashion designer/DJ/photographer/interior designer
Todd Oldham, this young boutique hotel combines Oldham's stylish
flair and whimsical nuances, with the deep-sea and beach-toned colors
of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Void of any pretensions or airs one might
expect from a trendy hotel revamped by a designer, The Hotel offers
respite and revitalization to its guests with consistently gracious service
and outstanding decor.
Built in 1939, the landmark art deco building on the corner of 8th and
Collins was originally the "Tiffany Hotel", until a trademark
infringement lawsuit filed by the jeweler of the same name suggested the
1998 reincarnation obtain another name - one more fitting of its new persona.
Open and airy with a homey vibe, each room sports a comfy window box backed
by satin interwoven pillows (great for people watching). Stylish yet comfortable,
the color scheme of sand-colored wood furnishings and blue-green accents
is amusingly topped off with odd-shaped mosaic-tiled draw-pulls and handles.
But the "oohs" and "aahs" really come when you discover
the bathroom. Even my beau couldn't help but marvel at the funky, colorful
tiled floor and stainless fixtures. Make sure you ask for a room with
a tub; it's big enough for two and it will give you some extra time to
appreciate... each other.
The fourth floor rooftop is the crown jewel of this establishment, boasting
a blue emerald shaped pool, downy white lounge chairs and cocktail bar.
The tranquil view of the ocean almost tricks you into believing you're
on a cruise ship, but pure heaven is sipping a cocktail in the pool while
groovy, lounge music plays. Cocktails can also be had at the lively bar
downstairs at Wish. For fun, try one of their electronic martinis; a bright,
battery-operated cube keeps your drink glowing and your spirits high.
Romantic wishes do come true when you dine on the intimate, tropical patio
at Wish. Executive chef E. Michael Reidt's ingenious French-Brazilian
cuisine is a definite crowd pleaser. Ask your waiter for his suggestions, for he's got the inside track and
you won't be disappointed. We had the unforgettable Cachaca Marinated
Tuna served rare atop a crunchy salad with pineapple, cilantro, and mint
and seared cachaca-soaked watermelon. The unexpected combinations of textures
and inspiring flavors throughout the menu were certainly worthy of a "wow"
at the end of the night.So, if you're looking for a couple's getaway that
has just the right balance of relaxation and fun, then The Hotel
is no doubt the way to go...
here for more information of The Hotel. The Hotel is
member of the prestigious National
Trust Historic Hotels of America.