Stay here: The Gansevoort

 

South Beach's newest hotel darling is ready for her closeup.

 Gansevoort balcony
A room with a view.
 

By Maria Tettamanti

Just when one thinks SoBe can't get any more fabulous, well, it does. With the March opening of the Gansevoort South Hotel, Miami Beach's chi-chi factor is going through the rooftop pool.

Located on Collins Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets, Gansevoort South calls the former Roney Plaza home. The classic Miami Beach landmark received a major 21st century facelift - with a signature rooftop pool, multilevel beach club, 259 luxury residences, 334 hotel rooms, DavidBartonGym + Spa and restaurants by STK and Philippe Chow to boot. Here's the 411 on SoBe's newest hip hotspot.

The Concept: For those of you out of the loop, the Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan's Meatpacking District is the hotel du jour in NYC. Thanks to its wild success, Gansevoort South Hotel is the first extension of the Gansevoort brand. The faces behind the Gansevoort Hotel Group are father-and-son team William and Michael Achenbaum. Tack on the fact that the twosome have set their sights on opening more properties in Las Vegas, London and beyond, and the Gansevoort is going global, baby.

The Rooms: Thanks to interior designer Andi Pepper, rooms are strikingly stylish and comfy. Featured hotel room amenities include luxurious beds topped with feather beds and 400-thread count Egyptian cotton linens, wireless Internet, Sony hi-def TVs, iPod docking stations, roomy bathrooms and more.

The Amenities: Put it this way - you never have to leave the property, unless you really want to people watch on Lincoln Road. On the main level, there's an oceanfront pool deck complete with bar and restaurant. The private cabana level is perfect for quiet types, while the oceanfront beach level features the club's main bar, volleyball courts and Nikki Beach-esque seating area. The rooftop boasts an outdoor pool and Plunge, a groovy bar and lounge. The Opium Group also plans on opening Louis, a mellow lounge located on the main level. Pools and lounges aside, the property is home to a 50-foot long fish tank brimming with 27 types of fish and sharks. Take a bite out of that, competitors.

The Eats: Set to open this summer, two trendsetting restaurants are in store: STK and a new restaurant by Philippe Chow (yes, as in the legendary chef at Mr. Chow in NYC). STK is your traditional-steakhouse-meets-young-hipster spot, while Philippe serves up haute Asian specialties. Yum.

The Shopping: Big Drop. Café Bustelo. INCA boutique: Amazing. Gansevoort South will be home to fashion's chicest shops. Fashionistas will love the finds at Big Drop and INCA while coffee connoisseurs can savor the numero uno-selling Cuban-style café in the USA. Que rico!

The Pampering: Work up a sweat at DavidBartonGym and then unwind at the Spa. The massive new gym infuses North African designs throughout a bi-level, 45,000-square-foot space. New classes like "Melt" and "Slo-gasmic" will also be in motion. The spa, on the other hand, is Barton's first foray in the biz. Channeling a Nantucket Beach House, the spa is sure to soothe its guests. Lastly, get a new 'do at Cutler Salon - another retail first for award-winning stylist Rodney Cutler.

The Bottom Line: Hotel rates start at $595 and up. Hey, nobody ever said being fabulous was cheap.

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