High style in South Beach
140 Rooms / 13 Suites
SLS South Beach places you in a prime spot on the coveted Millionaire’s Row. Located on Collins Avenue and 17th Street, the hotel puts you just steps away from the ocean and right around the corner from plenty of options for nightlife as well as Lincoln Road’s shops and restaurants.
Originally built in 1939 by renowned architect L. Murray Dixon, the property sits on the former site of the Ritz Plaza Hotel and occupies the tallest art deco building in Miami Beach, which is appropriate given the hotel’s larger-than-life character.
In 2012, mega hotelier Sam Nazarian called in icon Philippe Starck and Lenny Kravitz to do the design, along with respected chefs José Andrés and Katsuya Uechi. A rather eclectic group of creative geniuses, the result is a fanciful journey through Miami, Latin America, Asia and the Mediterranean, where delightful surprises await at every turn.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• The SLS’s friendly staff will treat you like a rock star from the moment you pass through the hotel’s doors, ready to accommodate any reasonable request.
• The design throughout the property will keep you energized with its modern-meets-surreal luxury, extravagance and Starck’s whimsical stamp.
• Everything is high-tech and digitized. An app makes it a breeze to check in, order room service and find recipes to make cocktails with ingredients from the mini-bar.
• The 140-room boutique hotel can play host for your lavish soirees or private meetings within its 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting and reception space, with catering by in-house restaurants Bazaar or Katsuya. It’s a great spot if you’re planning a wedding, bachelor or bachelorette party.
• The SLS offers two different pools. The main pool, which is closer to the outdoor café area, is calmer, shaded and for hotel guests only. Nearer to the ocean is Hyde Beach, essentially an outdoor poolside nightclub, where bouncers guard the ropes and DJs spin high-energy tunes during Saturday’s Vegas-style pool party.
Things to Know
• Around the pools are a handful of cabanas with tangerine-hued daybeds, which you can rent out on a first-come, first-served basis. Starck imagined the two pools as his bathtub, hence the 10-foot-tall, 700-pound silver ducky.
• As an SLS guest, you have access to nearby SBE beach properties, including The Raleigh Miami Beach, The Redbury South Beach, Mondrian South Beach and Delano South Beach. Just flash your key card and you can charge your meals to your room or book a treatment at the Delano’s Agua Spa.
• The hotel’s posh Starck-designed IGK salon is on the mezzanine level. Come here to get the royal treatment — hair, nails, makeup — or book a private in-room appointment and the stylists will come to you.
• Once you’re red-carpet-ready, take the BMW house car out for a cruise down Ocean Drive.
• The South Beach hotel is one of those places where people come to gawk and be seen.
• SLS guests can stay in either the 130-room historic main tower or one of the 10 adjacent villas, designed by Starck. There are also two penthouses (one each in the tower and villa) designed by rock legend Lenny Kravitz.
• Standard guest rooms are cozy, at 160 to 260 square feet, offering both ocean and city views, while suites give you two to three times the space.
• For a festive VIP atmosphere, go for a stay at the villa, which comes with a soaking tub right in the bedroom and a private terrace overlooking the hotel pool and Hyde Beach.
• Rooms are done up in a subtle, sexy manner with a pink, black and white color scheme, touches of French design and a dash of whimsy. Mirrors on the ceiling and a box marked “sinners” remind you that you’re in South Beach.
• While Starck channeled sophisticated French aristocracy for the guest rooms, Kravitz drew inspiration from a world traveler and collector for the two penthouses. Amenities like the oversized, in-bedroom soaking tub, wet bar and epic sweeping ocean views make these over-the-top accommodations worth the splurge.
• At The Bazaar by José Andrés, savor the James Beard Award-winning chef’s Spanish-influenced cuisine, like the dragon fruit ceviche, conch fritters or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the famous foie gras PB&J sandwich.
• While dining at Bazaar, choose to sit in the two main indoor dining rooms (Rojo or Blanca) or outdoors at laid-back poolside Bar Centro. Room service also comes from Bazaar.
• Hyde Beach offers signature drinks and a menu of light bites by chef Andrés in a more festive poolside environment.
• At master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi’s eponymous restaurant, enjoy expertly prepared Japanese dishes, such as crispy rice with spicy tuna and miso-marinated black cod. We highly suggest ordering omakase style (chef’s choice) complemented by a sake tasting.
• The mixology program includes Bazaar’s Bar Centro and Katsuya’s Dragon Room. At vibrant Bar Centro, which overlooks the pool, order the signature dry-ice caipirinha or salt air margarita. At the more glam space that is Dragon Lounge, the bar serves up experimental cocktails like the spicy vodka-based Burning Mandarin or refreshing gin-infused Kiwi Envy.