If the goal of your vacation is to walk in the footsteps of the Jersey Shore castmates, this is your place: the Metropole was their home during the (thankfully) now-canceled show’s second season. Part of the South Beach Group’s boutique stable, the Metropole is a cut above its rowdy cousins. Wild parties and candy colors have been replaced by a hushed ambience and smart flats with kitchens. There is no bar—a good thing if you want peace. And the courtyard entrance is fashionable: bamboo plants, smart brown sunbeds and oriental wood furniture. The lobby is stylishly discreet—it’s off an interior courtyard—but too cramped for suitcases. The apartments are dark and sleek: gray walls, white leather furniture, chrome accents, pinstriped drapes. There are some design flaws—not enough lights, no telephones beside the bed in some rooms—but the kitchens are well equipped and a budget-saving alternative to eating out three times a day. Its hidden location, near the low-key SoFi neighborhood, is a plus.
635 Collins Avenue
|Cross street:||at 6th Street|
|Transport:||Bus C, H, K, W, South Beach Local.|
|Price:||Rates $149–$499 double|