Concierge.com's insider take:
Hotel pools in South Beach can feel like a lifestyle rebuke: You, dear guest, are ten years too old, several million dollars too poor, and countless crunches short of a six-pack. One look around the Shore Club's huge outdoor area—which includes two pools, a hot tub, and enormous lounging beds—will make you wonder: Who are these people drinking Champagne poolside on a Tuesday afternoon, anyway? While the Delano created the mold for what a too-cool Miami hotel should be, the Shore Club, run by the same management group (now sans founder Ian Schrager), charged into the vacuum in 2002 when its cousin's hype wore thin. It's not so new anymore, either, but the Shore Club attracts a sexier, younger (and arguably less sophisticated) crowd, and it's mostly for this reason that you'd choose to stay here: This is your VIP pass inside a music video. Abetting that cause are the outposts of Nobu and Skybar, the alfresco DJ-driven tunes at night, and all those dusky nooks in the garden area. The service is surprisingly sharp and friendly (for Miami Beach); the rooms themselves, 324 in all, are exercises in Miami's cold, hard lines and modern materials. They look good, but they're hardly spacious, and suffer at times from style over substance. For instance, the shower areas are enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass but invariably drain incorrectly and make the floor sopping wet. All the more troublesome after all that Champagne.