Celino South Beach
South Beach, Florida
Classy, $$$ (from $259)
Miami, say hello to Celino South Beach, the sparkly new boutique bringing 1940s glamour to Ocean Drive. The property, formerly the Park Central Hotel, was once a hangout for stars like Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart, as well as was the birthplace of the conga line dance, which was invented during a New Years Eve party in 1940. Today, the celebration continues after a $110 million makeover that transformed the hotel into a full-service luxury oasis with tropical modern decor, a glass-bottomed rooftop pool, and two restaurants slated to open at the end of December — the makings of a South Beach classic.
At a Glance
The Vibe: 1940s ultra-glam oceanfront hideaway.
Standout Detail: Rooms come with conga-line kits, which include how-to guides, drums, and cigars. Get your dancing shoes ready.
This Place Is Perfect For: Lovers of Miami Art Deco glam, stylish couples who love a scene, and high rollers looking for a new Ocean Drive address to check into.
Rooms: 132 bright, Art Deco-inspired rooms with whitewashed hardwood floors and colorful pastel accents set the Miami mood. Oceanfront suites have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, as well as reserved access to the rooftop pool. Amenities include Illy coffee makers and rainfall showers. In-room spa services available upon request.
On Site: A 40-foot pool tucked into the dreamy garden courtyard with sun beds and full service for food and beat-the-heat cocktails. A guests-only rooftop sundeck with a glass-bottomed peekaboo pool overlooks an atrium adorned with a mural by French street artist and Miami favorite Mr. Brainwash. Custom Republic bike rentals for exploring Ocean Drive and the boardwalk.
Food + Drink: The Bar at Dalia, an ultra-chic, indoor-outdoor horseshoe cocktail bar (an interpretation on Cuban modernism), opens out onto the hotel's lush garden courtyard with bright pops of color and twinkly tree lights. The Miami-inspired cocktails sound dreamy. Two new hotel restaurants are slated to open this spring: Pubblica, which will highlight authentic Italian cuisine and fresh pastas made with local ingredients, and Dalia, which will do a city-meets-ocean take on modern Mediterranean cuisine.
What to Do Nearby
For Art-Deco-style shopping to match your stay, head to The Webster, an incredible edit of designer clothing and accessories set in a classic Art Deco building. It's a dream closet. See exclusive brand collaborations with the likes of Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler and buy their signature orange blossom-scented candle. Whatever is on display at The Bass Museum is inevitably worth seeing. Cap off your day at the sky-high restaurant Watr with Peruvian-inspired Japanese cuisine located within the rustic, beachy 1 Hotel South Beach.