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The Rise of Boutique Hotels in South Beach

If you’ve ever stayed in one of Miami’s boutique hotels in South Beach, you will have noticed the chic styling. Boutique hotels are known for their individual and quirky nature. Each one being unique in its own right. The less formal atmosphere and personal touch is what sets boutique hotels apart from the big “box store” like counterparts.

Boutique Hotel MiamiThe term “boutique” came about in 1984 in New York when a man named Steve Rubell described his new hotel “Morgans” on Madison Avenue as more like a boutique than a big department store. Rubell and his partner, Ian Schrager, started a trend that has spread from New York to Europe and here to hotels in South Beach.

As the trend for smaller, unique hotels spread, entrepreneurs began converting buildings into boutique hotels. In Europe, historical buildings were refurbished and converted. One was even built from a corn mill. London’s Soho Hotel was once a car park.

What sets Miami boutique hotels apart from their giant counterparts is they will normally have less than a 100 room capacity. Each room will have its own look and feel. You won’t find another one just like it in another city and it will have an elegance about it you won’t find in one of the big, box hotels. Each hotel is a work of art… a masterpiece in its own right.

South Beach Hotel RoomsMiami’s boutique hotel industry has grown steadily since the 80’s. The pastel lined boulevards give the area its unique look and feel, with millions of tourists a year filling the canvas, basking in the Sun and enjoying the excellent lifestyle and weather. Interspersed between the large chain hotels, you will certainly find your own work of art in a Miami boutique hotel.

The great thing about boutique hotels in South Beach is that the prices range from the inexpensive to the extravagant. You don’t have to pay an emperor’s ransom to have the unique experience of staying at boutique hotel. If you are looking for a great deal, you will find it. If you want to be completely pampered, you have many gorgeous and unique Miami boutique hotels to choose from.

So, the next time you stay in Miami, look at one of the many historical boutique hotels and find the work of art that is right for you. Paint yourself into the lifestyle and make long lasting memories.

The art of packing

A topic of great importance that we were missing in this blog is what you should pack and what not to pack in order to improve the quality of your trip. Those considerations are pretty basic and far from being complex; most of them will be done if you calm down, put the enthusiasm aside and think rationally.

hotel in South BeachLet me start by saying that as you plan your destination and route you should plan, as for weather conditions is concerned, what you are about to take with you. The content of your suitcase will vary depending on the characteristics of the place you are going to visit. You might take coats and jackets, slippers and shorts; it all depends on the part of the globe you are heading to. If you are going to one of many South Beach hotels I am pretty sure you won’t hesitate a minute in bringing your swimsuit and beach clothes and lots of style; but in the event that you are going to the Amazon you are sure to take rubber boots, a compass, satellite telephone (if you have it) and non-natural fabrics.

If you are about to have a road trip just keep in mind the following things:

  • Gather as much travel information as possible, make sure to include maps, touristic guides, calendars, reservations,  if you have any technological gadgets such as GPS or other orientation devices, bring them over!
  • Swimming equipment. Even though you might not go to any destination where you will need this, you never know. Bring towels, goggles, earplugs, flip flops and everything that could be possibly used if there is any chance to take a dip up ahead in the road.
  • Reading stuff. If you think reading is a passion of yours you will definitely have to pack a good amount of books. But watch out! Books can occupy a lot of space and some of them might be a little heavy. So my recommendation is to take photocopies and just bring sections of the book, or try the pockets books. iPads and Tablets or any eBook reader will be really useful.
  • Games. If you are in the road and you have children bring moderate-sized games: cards, checkers, and electronic gadgets. You will find this very amusing during those long trips.
  • Alarm clock. Most hotels will provide you with one, however you never know if they could fail.
  • Currency. Don’t forget to change for the corresponding currency.  You will need it for parking or in general minor expenses.
  • Snacks and bottled water. Bring over some snacks. Not too many but sufficient as for the length of the trip. In some countries there won’t be no candy stores or supermarkets in the road.
  • Pillows and blanket. Even though they could be a bit big they will be useful and it could take you out of a “tight” situation.
  • First-aid kit. Always bring one.

Trendy Hotels South BeachAs for clothes, make a huge effort to pack just what you need and think with this logic: the more space you have the more souvenirs you can bring home after the trip. Many people say that they won’t bring no souvenirs, now the same thing when you see that awesome work of art, or that splendid piece of jewelry, or those pants, that jacket. If your destination is any of those Chic Miami Beach hotels you will return home with more than a great tan and precious memories, you will be loaded with hundreds of stylish items.

“Avant-garde”

In our last posts we touched base on how important it is to choose the right hotel for us and our families, but think of a situation where you find yourself in such a great hotel, with outstanding amenities and the distinctive theme you have been looking for, but the only issue is that you are lack of the proper beach outfit. So, how to know whether you are wearing the right beachwear pieces or not? This blog is willing to illustrate Miami Beach hotel customers how to look amazing in such a chic place like Miami Beach.

Boutique hotels in South BeachSoBe’s night life is very well known for its stylish, classy and fun ambiance, therefore every action you make should be according the standards of one of the most exciting places on earth. This is to say that an upbeat city does not have to mean exactly expensive or frivolous, it just means that every time you do something, you do it with passion and the ever-loved commitment to the “avant-garde”. But what exactly does this eminent word mean?

 

Trendy Hotels SoBeIt means that as far as swimsuits trends is concerned you are always defying the “status quo” and subverting the established order bringing in new concepts in terms of cuts, materials, styles, colors, textures and a number of parameters that became part of the inner circle of society dogmas. For instance, in the last decades women’s preferences on swimsuits migrated from the one piece to the two-piece swimsuits, which indeed set a breaking point in the beach fashion.

From that point on we have become spectators of the births of new concepts such as monokinis and tankinis and other alterations of the regular one piece bathing suit. These alterations of the classic one piece are subject to be worn according the occasion.

  • You’d rather wearing the one piece (doesn’t have to be missy) for the night events; they are ideal to go with a cover up.
  • If you consider yourself an athletic woman whose preferences deal with the sportive sphere you might want to wear a tankini, a one piece or any halter top swimsuit.
  • Avoid the bright colors if the event calls for simplicity and moderation.

If you think you are lack of the appropriate bathing suit try the several places surrounding the affordable South Beach hotels where you would be able to do your shopping. It is easy to find awesome boutiques, however if you do not have the time for strolling around the city you might want to try some online shopping (try swimwear360.com and sunbain.com). Down by Collins Ave, where the Red South Beach hotel is located, there are plenty of good places for complimenting your physical appearance especially in the beach.

As you can see, traveling and holidays are not only about cozy dwelling and fun attractions but they are also about looking good and feeling ok with yourself. Lastly, this post does not intend anything but pointing out the importance of beachwear but if you do want to go for subverting the established order think of a good inspiration: The Red.