Hotels >Ritz-Carlton South Beach
A modern, luxurious update for a South Beach landmark..
In a neighborhood teeming with monuments to 1950s architecture, this new take on an old favorite surpasses its competitors when it comes to savvy style. Sitting right on the beach, this Art Moderne building features a magnificently restored interior--check the black terrazzo lobby floor and 40 sconces inlaid in a wall of cherry wood.
Additions such as Venetian glass chandeliers and a fabulous collection of Latino-American and European artwork make this place an enviable template for the 21st-century luxury hotel. Guest rooms and suites were designed to bring to mind spacious staterooms on a private yacht. The best of the bunch have poolside lanais. In the signature restaurant, you can enjoy fusion New World cuisine. The Spa goes for a sophisticated retro look with bamboo floors and water cascading down a stainless steel wall. Try the "urban rainforest" with 23 body sprays or head to the beach and lounge in a groovy, tented sun bed.
Tacky, tacky, tacky -- well maybe not that bad but mostly hype. Yes, it's the Ritz Carlton but not like your mothers. Good Service there? Depends on the time of the day or the day of the week, you never know what you'll run into, it's probably better than most service you'll get in South Beach. There are a lots of jewels there (ie: people who love their job and give great service) but more often than not there are people who are a little above average or average and a few below average. Classy yes, but I've seen better more comfortable rooms in Vegas (and for much cheaper rates). And there are stains on the hallway carpets. (Ever heard of a carpet cleaner guys?) The concierge's are all snobby (well not all of them just most of them) the bellman are very outgoing, the pool is a lot of fun and beautiful (if you can get a chair). Never go there on a holiday you ain't getting a chair if you do go on a weekend or holiday. The service as the pool is above average, people are doing their job but very few outgoing personalities. The manager there is a little red headed lady and she is extraordinary and loves her job (wish her employees did) granted it is hot out there so it's hard for them to keep a smiling face. But you will get a smiling face if you tip them a $10 or a $20. Don't forget to tip these people, they do work hard. Over all if you want to go to the Ritz just to say you stayed there go for it, the best time to go for cheap rates is in the summer and early fall (Hurricane Season) but bring cash with you and don't forget to tip everyone as you go along and (Remember this is the Ritz so a couple of bucks or even five bucks is kind of cheap compared to what these people who work there are used to.) Reality check: tip them well and you'll get great service.
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