Our View: An iconic hotel in the heart of South Beach, the Raleigh Hotel artfully combines classic Art Deco architecture with simple modern conveniences to create a unique resort experience. Built in 1940 by famed architect L. Murray Dixon, the hotel’s streamline design immediately sweeps guests into a glamorous bygone era. Set directly on the Atlantic sands, the 105 room property is just steps away from the popular shopping district Lincoln Road Mall, top nightclubs and dozens of great restaurants and bars. The hotel pool, designed for silver screen goddess Esther Williams, is the focal point of the property and one of the most beautiful settings in town.
The recent addition of a 5 star dining room, the Royal by Chef John De Lucie, adds the finishing touch to an already charming South Beach getaway. Serving an updated American classic menu, the restaurant’s moonlit dining terrace is positively romantic. Opening onto the tropical foliage and the sinewy lines of the swimming pool, the entire back garden at the Raleigh serves as a soothing oasis for an evening, a weekend or an extended holiday in the sun. Just inside the lobby, the Martini Bar brings a touch of nostalgia for the days of perfectly mixed cocktails worthy of a Sean Connery-era James Bond. If you like your libations shaken, not stirred, stop in at happy hour and get ready to feel the magic.
Guest rooms and suites set the tone for your South Beach holiday with carefully selected vintage furnishings that are appointed with luxury linens, in-room stereos and DVD players plus free WiFi. Choose from city or ocean views, rooms with balconies and larger terraces or upgrade your vacation to a specially designed luxury suite. The Raleigh, Sunset and Esther Williams suites offer an apartment-style setting that feels like a home away from home. Ranging in size from 550 -1,000 square feet, the roomy guest areas can extend to private furnished tanning terraces, outdoor sun showers and separate living rooms with extra work space. Elegant, subtle and seductive, the Raleigh offers guests a serene refuge in the center of the South Beach scene.
1775 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL