I have a strong appreciation for the art deco architecture that is found in South Beach, so much that I become a member of the Miami Design Preservation League, and toured many of the hotels in the area (so much fun by the way). My favorites include Essex House and Winter Haven. These two hotels are incredibly chic and have been preserved with such care that I felt as though I were stepping into the 1930’s Miami. The bar at Essex House was a favorite of Al Capone and his cohorts, and walking into the lobby of Winter Haven feels as though you are stepping onto a luxurious cruise ship. I hope I can stay at one of these beauties on my next visit, maybe for Art Basel in December :)
Above is Casa Casuarina, formerly occupied by the late Gianni Versace. Fun little fact: this is the third most photographed house in the US (the White House and Elvis Presley’s home come in 1st and 2nd).