The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, Chilling out, Design and architecture, History, People watching
Expert review of The Raleigh Hotel
You don’t see much of The Raleigh’s entrance from the street because it’s well hidden by copious tropical foliage. But behind it is one of South Beach’s most beautiful Art Deco hotels that, over its 70-year history, has become a yardstick by which many others measure themselves. The hotel describes itself as “historically iconic yet tastefully modernised”, a statement I can’t disagree with. There are plans for another large-scale refurbishment and updating of the lobby and other key public areas in November.
The Raleigh occupies a prized corner spot on Collins Avenue and 18th Street, and is right on the beach too.
There are plenty of options among the 105 rooms. Many have ocean views and balconies, or a lookout over the huge pool and pool deck. At ground level, garden rooms have terraces. All are decorated warmly, with oranges and beiges contrasting the dark wood furniture. Bathrooms are refurbished and modern.
You get a sense of the Raleigh’s rich history just walking into the lobby, where the stunning original 1940 marble floor is prominent and photographs of Hollywood stars who have stayed there grace the walls behind the waterfall/fountain. The palms and wicker seating give a strong colonial feel, and I know of few other hotels in Miami that take as much care of their gardens as the Raleigh.
The Royal, the Raleigh’s signature restaurant, has a new chef, New Yorker John DeLucie, who has transformed its style from French to American fare. It’s fair to say it’s still finding its feet, but the ambience is first rate. Make sure you grab an outside table. There’s an attractive coffee bar in the lobby and a large and popular pool bar. You wouldn’t want to invite more than a handful of friends for a cocktail at the tiny Martini Bar – there just isn’t the room.
The magic that drew Hollywood water queen Esther Williams to the Raleigh’s iconic and ornately decorated pool in the 1940s and 1950s is still there today. It’s without doubt one of America’s most beautiful hotel pools and is best enjoyed with the day’s hire on a private cabana or a sunlounger in Oasis, the Raleigh’s popular sand-covered beach before the beach.
Enthusiastic, but watch your drinks and food orders for accuracy.
Familes and couples of all ages, and a good smattering of celebrities in the penthouse rooms.
Food and extras are pricey but room rates compare well to luxury hotels nearby.
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- 1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool