The Albion has a couple of claims to fame: it’s owned by the Rubell clan (as in the Rubell Family Collection) and the streamlined nautical building was designed by art deco master Igor Polevitzky in 1939. This incarnation of the hotel was opened in 1997 and it feels slightly dated. But it still possesses a certain South Beach panache, with slick interiors by Ecuadorian designer Carlos Zapata and a stylish bar. The stark white lobby is enlivened by splashes of color; glass walls overlook a courtyard and pool. Rooms wear the design mag uniform: crisp white bedding and Barcelona chairs. It’s next to Lincoln Road shopping and the beach is not far. For hipsters, it’s an affordable alternative to the Delano.
1650 James Ave
|Cross street:||at 17th St|
|Transport:||Bus A, M, R, S|
|Price:||Rates $199–$399 double|