Combining old-school Havana, Deep South sultriness and a touch of glam, this boutique hotel is a romantic alternative to the South Beach brigade. The airy lobby feels colonial, with its Bombay-style ceiling fans, wood floors, rattan furniture and lush greenery. On the veranda, you half expect to see a Southern belle sipping a mint julep or a colonial officer with a G&T. Dotted with palms, parrots and hammocks, the gardens are a luscious setting for the pool. The recently renovated guest rooms feature custom wood furnishings and spa-inspired rainshower heads in the bathroom. A spa, stocked with Aveda products, puts you in an unwinding kind of mood. South Beach is a bit of a trek (on foot, at least), but the boardwalk is a lovely way to get there.
Palms Hotel & Spa
|Venue name:||Palms Hotel & Spa|
3025 Collins Avenue
|Cross street:||at 30th Street|
|Venue phone:||305 534 0505|
|Transport:||Bus C, G, H, L, M, S|
|Price:||Rates $17–$489 double|