The Angler's Boutique Resort, Miami Beach
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 866 729 8800 (toll-free)
Tel: 305 534 9600
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
If this 47-room newcomer on the edge of SoFi (south of Fifth Street) is self-conscious about its conspicuous lack of glitz and flash, it doesn't show. The low-key property includes the two original 1930s Angler's Hotel wings plus two brand-new structures. The petite pool area feels like a secret—and with only a handful of plush loungers, this is an unlikely locale for any raucous parties. The slim rooms have all the necessary boutique accessories: a massive flat-screen TV, cheeky minibar offerings (eye mask, condoms, Apple headphones), a contemporary palette of taupe and tan, plus some unexpected perks, like clever inset shelving flanking the beds and a balcony off most suites. The ever-helpful staff take care of everything from providing MapQuest instructions to troubleshooting computer misfires. On the ground floor, Maison d'Azur, already a favorite of homesick Europeans desperate for elegant brasserie fare, is perfect for cozying up over cocktails and steak tartare, while prime outdoor tables are buzzy late into the night.2008 Hot List
When to go: In January, after the crowds of Art Basel.
Which room to book: Sunbathe on your own personal rooftop deck in the three-story Pool House Manor Villa, which also has balconies for peering into the pool area.