From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Miami's first W hotel is one of the chain's most ambitious properties in recent years. The 20-story glass tower sits at the northern end of South Beach with a generous stretch of beachfront to itself, and is in perpetual party modehigh heels are de rigueur at all hours, and men wear as much designer bling as their arm candy girlfriends. The entire property has been decorated with a combination of exuberance and restraint. The lobby has double-height ceilings propped up by columns decorated with bronzy metalwork and a tribal artmeetsSoHo gallery aesthetic: zebra print rugs and textured objets d'art against Basquiat paintings and Damian Hirst pieces. Despite the sceneoh and it's a scenethe service is excellent, and the spaces are as comfortable as they are glossy. Each of the huge guest roomsthe smallest is a 600 square feetcomes with a balcony, and the hotel has its own basketball and tennis courts should you tire of lolling around the two swimming pools. Jet-setting locals come for haute Asian food at Mr. Chow, which is patrolled by white-tuxedoed waiters, but Soleá, the more low-key Spanish restaurant, is the better bet. Cocktails are always best by the pool. It's a dream world where flashy cars and speedboats are at your disposal, and lounge chairs call for rhinestone bikinisin a word, it's Miami. 2010 Hot List
Which room to book: The standard Wonderful Studio is plenty spacious, but go one level up to the Spectacular Studios for ocean views and private balconies.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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