Conde Nast Traveller 2008 Gold List
Situated at the head of Lincoln Road and backing onto the beautiful white sands and azure waters of South Beach, the Ritz Carlton is perfectly located for enjoying all the attractions of South Beach. Within easy walking distance of the shops, restaurants and nightlife which makes Miami buzz, the Ritz Carlton is also within easy strolling of the Convention Centre.
Offering unrivalled access and views of Miami’s South Beach, this extensive luxury hotel delivers five star pampering in vibrant modernistic surroundings. Once again on the Condé Nast Gold List it continues to excel in serving its loyal patronage. Bold colours and elegant window dressings lift the guest lounges from the more traditional Ritz Carlton crystal and marble décor, making it more in keeping with its colourful beachside surroundings.
Built in 1953 and designed by Morris Lapidus, this makes the Ritz Carlton almost historic in this rejuvenated Art Deco area. The grand entrance and lounge areas of this luxury hotel still retain the original sweeping lines and terrazzo floors along with the fabulous cherry-wood wall lit by 72 domed sconces. Other treasures include the Joan Miro etching and the massive wall mural by Miami’s own Xavier Calero whilst the general ship-style railings give a typical nautical look to this Art Deco relic.
The 375 rooms of this luxury hotel are suitably comfortable and plush with blue, green and gold colour schemes contrasting with the dark wood furniture. Although ceilings are low, a throw back to the original building design, rooms appear light and bright, especially those with outdoor balcony space overlooking the pool deck. The more modern poolside and ocean view lanai rooms are better proportioned. Guests on the private VIP guest levels on floors 9 and 10 enjoy private check-in, their own dedicated concierge, WiFi internet and continuous food and beverage services including breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, snacks and sweets.
The Ritz Carlton has a series of activities throughout the week including Wild Wine Wednesdays when a selection of superb wines are offered at low prices; champagne and cheese is served in the beauty salon on Thursday evenings, and there is a happy hour and more indulgent treats in the hotel Spa. Dine outdoors at the Moroccan style DiLido Beach Club or enjoy fine dining in the Bistro One. The Ritz Carlton offers outstanding amenities at this flagship luxury hotel in Miami’s South Beach.