MIAMI BEACH WELCOMES A NEW EDITION!

Edition Pool at Night, photo from: http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach/gallery

Edition Pool at Night, photo from: http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach/gallery

The famous Seville property located at 29 and Collins continues its historical legacy. The Miami Beach landmark hotel, built in 1955, and once known as the preferred social venue for Frank Sinatra and his “rat pack,” has undergone another historical mega million dollar renovation as it is taken over by the new Marriott hotel brand EDITION, in collaboration with Ian Schrager.

Schrager, famed boutique hotelier who made Miami Beach history in the 90s with the Delano, continues to create revolutionary design and vision while keeping much of the Seville beauty and history intact. The original shape of the property remains reminiscent to 1955 Miami Beach. In addition, the large palatial grand lobby entrance sparkles as it always has and features its original 24 karat gold tile columns, deep marble floors all amidst clustered areas with indoor palm trees whose shadows are cast onto the high ceiling.  The 3.5 acre world class tropical resort property occupies a strategically located large beachfront corner and offers a new luxury hotel brand which remains visible by a famous and original outdoor 19-foot wide red clock seen from as far south as the South Point cruise ship outlet.

Edition Matador Bar, photo from: http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach/gallery

Edition Matador Bar, photo from: http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach/gallery

The Miami Beach EDITION, sharing its name alongside SEVILLE, boasts rare individuality and unique ethos reflective of the cultural and convivial milieu of its location and time. It is fast becoming known for showcasing the best dining and entertainment options, services, amenities and offerings for guests and locals in the know. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten makes his Miami Beach debut with the upscale and landmark Matador Room featuring an original 1955 grand chandelier, three distinct spaces and Spanish-themed paintings housing an area frequently patronized by Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., who all drank there late into the hours of the night. Additionally, the property features several other food and beverage choices including The Market, a gourmet-casual eatery with a raw bar, ceviche bar, pizza and baked goods.

Edition Basement, photo from: http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach/gallery

Edition Basement, photo from: http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach/gallery

Down in the BASEMENT, history continues with a unique lighted 4-lane bowling alley, ice skating rink and large nightclub taking over the space where a famed New York ‘Juniors’ restaurant once served a city popular cheesecake.

EDITION, at the Seville, offers 294 luxurious guest rooms, including 23 two-story bungalows and 26 residences in barefoot chic style facing the Atlantic Ocean, two outdoor pools, an original diving board, outdoor bars and personal cabanas. 70,000 square feet of sand and beachfront marks the largest in the city and makes this location an important treasure in new and old hotel history.

Let us know what you think of the new Edition.


The Best Miami Beach Pools for Soaking in the Sunshine on Collins Avenue

It’s the question every Miami local struggles with on a hot Saturday: The beach, or the pool?

The beach certainly has its benefits, and while there are plenty of amazing sea-side spots to enjoy sun on the sand in Miami Beach (watch for future blog article on the best beach spots), there are also some truly jaw-dropping venues where South Florida locals can sit poolside and enjoy the sun, sights, and a quick dip, no beach towel necessary.

Below are some of the hottest pool scenes to check out along Collins Avenue.

1. 1 Hotel Rooftop Pool
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Photo by: Eric Laignel

Photo by: Eric Laignel

The perfect spot to sip a Miami Vice at sunset, this rooftop pool is a favorite among locals. Dip your toes in the water and enjoy the stunning view, or casually mingle at the bar – whatever fits your mood at the moment. With top-notch service, ceviche that is simply to die for, and the upscale ambiance you’d only expect at one of Miami’s finest establishments, this poolside hangout is a true hidden gem.

2. The Shelborne
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For those who prefer a slightly livelier scene, the pool parties at the upscale hotel Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach are must-experience soirees.  Though the rowdy RX pool parties that used to occur are no longer regularly scheduled events, you can still find a solid scene jiving to music and cocktails during the weekends. The venue also often plays host to pool parties during Miami Music Week, offering world-renowned DJs, bottle service and more.

3. Hyde Beach at the SLS
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Photo from http://slshotels.com/southbeach/gallery/

Photo from http://slshotels.com/southbeach/gallery/

Swim Club Saturdays aren’t to be missed at this local hot spot. The champagne is flowing and Miami’s sexiest patrons sport their hottest swimwear at this oceanfront hotel pool. Don’t let the Vegas-inspired atmosphere deter you: This venue is the perfect mixture of Miami class and anything-goes attitude.

4. The Raleigh Miami Beach
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A palm-lined pool exudes ultimate relaxation at one of Miami’s most raved-about high-end hotels, complete with art-deco funk and phenomenal people watching. If you simply can’t decide between beach and pool, the good news is that you don’t have to: The hotel offers private beach access, and a daily resort fee will cover WiFi and two beach chairs.

5. Fontainebleau Miami Beach
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Photo from: https://fontainebleau.com/accommodations

Photo from: https://fontainebleau.com/accommodations

We would be remiss not to mention one of South Beach’s most iconic hot spots, with a pool set-up that is nothing short of breathtaking. For non-guests, a spa day pass will let you enjoy the amenities of the resort’s multiple pools, as well as the sauna if the pool isn’t quite steamy enough for your tastes.

Which Collins Avenue pools are your go-to spots for fun in the sun? Tell us in the comments.

The Fontainebleau: Yesterday & Today

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Located on oceanfront Collins Avenue, the Fontainebleau Hotel is said to be the reinvention of legendary architect Morris Lapidus’ original vision. It’s one of the most historically valued hotels on Miami Beach due in part to its architecture. It was the most luxurious hotel on Miami Beach when it opened in 1954, and is thought to be the most significant building of Lapidus’ career. Fontainebleau has even been awarded Top Building in Florida in the “100 Years. 100 Places.” competition. The structure was further acknowledged architecturally when recognized in critic and novelist Tom Wolfe’s From Bauhaus to Our House, published in 1981.

The Miami Beach monument has been a common setting for many iconic shows and films throughout the decades. It was featured in two films starring Frank Sinatra; A Hole in the Head and Tony Rome. Jerry Lewis’ The Bellboy was also taped at the famous hotel in 1960. It was  featured on numerous occasions in the 1960s series, Surfside 6. The beautiful property is featured in the popular James Bond film Goldfinger. Another classic film featuring the hotel and its pool area is Scarface. Other films filmed onsite include: Go for It, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, The Bodyguard, and The Specialist. Decades later The Fontainebleau is seen in season 4 of The Sopranos.

The Collins Avenue landmark went through a $1 billion renovation with the direction of a select group of leading architects and designers, opening its doors once again in 2008 with an A-list celebration hosting the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Attendees included Sofia Vergara, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Sean Diddy, Paris Hilton, Brody Jenner, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Alex Rodriguez, and many others. Special performances from Mariah Carey, Usher and Robin Thicke made the night even more memorable.

Globally esteemed chefs assisted Fontainebleau in choosing its hand selected menus. The resort proudly offers 12 fine dining and casual restaurants, bars and lounges, including the well known Scarpetta by Scott Conant, Hakkasan, Michael Mina 74, and StripSteak by Michael Mina. The bar for gourmet and exciting experiences is set high here for tourists from around the world to indulge themselves.

Fontainebleau is the spot to do it all thanks to their wide array of extravagant amenities, including a 40,000 sq. ft. loaded luxury spa, an expansive poolscape, a breath-taking beach with water sports, a marina, and a nearby golfcourse.  Modern-day luxury meets golden era charm through a fusion of contemporary design, art, music, fashion and technology, making it the undeniably renowned resort it is today.

What’s your favorite thing about the Fountainbleau? Be sure to comment and share your interests with the East of Collins community!