From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The One Bal Harbour (formerly the Regent) feels a universe away from the over-the-top nightclub-in-the-lobby atmosphere of its competitors in Miami Beachand that's exactly how the well-heeled patrons want it. The lobby is hushed and refined, and staff are impeccably professional. Guest rooms are discreet and elegant, with dark polished wood floors, ample workstations, stand alone egg-shaped tubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows (all rooms have a view of either the ocean or the channel leading into the bay). The food stands out throughout the property, from the poolside restaurant (try the chili-crusted fish sandwich with avocado and mango salsa for lunch) to One Bleu, where the lobster with saffron linguini and the crab-crusted grouper are among the highlights. The on-site Guerlain spa is a soothing centerpiece. Beach lovers may prefer the wider expanse of other parts of Miami Beach, and the pool area is rather cramped. Joggers will like the well-lit, clearly marked running path, and shoppers the easy access to one of the best malls in the United States.2009 Hot List
When to go: February, when the doldrums take hold.
Which room to book: A studio unit for a terrace overlooking your own piece of MiamiSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›