Fashion Hotels

by Mark Ellwood


Sure, there are models hanging out at any South Beach hotel worth its Frette linens, but only one spot has a modeling company headquartered on-site—the Raleigh. Ford Models' Miami office is actually four guest rooms knocked together into an improvised suite on the second floor of the trendy hotel. The firm moved here in 2002 because agency owner Katie Ford was then married to hotelier André Balazs, who had just bought the hotel and was transforming it into a shabby-chic Chateau Marmont–by-the-sea. Much of Ford's international business funnels through Miami, so the busy office throngs with nubile neophytes—convenient, as the Raleigh's Esther Williams–era pool is a photo shoot staple. Modelizers take note: A chaise by the pool is a prime spot to enjoy the Raleigh's varied delights. You might even spy supermodel and Ford mainstay Ines Rivero—who, we hear, lives nearby.

Raleigh Hotel
Tel: 305 534 6300
Doubles from $250

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