One of the most difficult aspects of planning a trip to Miami can often be deciding which hotel to choose from, since there are so many amazing options, but arguably one of the most luxurious and stylish hotels, particularly in South Beach, is The Raleigh.
The Raleigh was named as the “Grand Dame” of the South Beach Art Deco style by Conde Nast Traveler and the historic design elements are one of the most notable features of this beautifully designed and maintained hotel.
The Style and Atmosphere: South Beach is known as being a lively and primarily adults-only scene, but The Raleigh is actually one of the more family friendly options in the area. It combines a sense of elegance with comfort, and while everything is beautiful in this hotel you’re not going to find a pretentious atmosphere. While much of the historic Art Deco inspiration remains, the hotel was renovated in 2006 so you’re also going to get a taste of modernity. The Raleigh has also hosted a variety of iconic film stars and events through the years including synchronized swimming displays from Esther Williams and Chanel cruise collection fashion shows.
The Amenities: One of the premier amenities at The Raleigh is the pool, which was named as one of the most beautiful pools in America by Life Magazine in 1947. While the pool is just steps from the excitement of South Beach it feels like a tranquil oasis thanks to the beautiful tropical landscaping and the soaring palm trees that surround it. If the beach is more your speed you’re just a short walk away and you also have the option to resort a private cabana to enjoy the sand and beautiful water of Miami.
Dining options at The Raleigh include Restaurant Michael Schwartz, which is the in-house eatery of the Raleigh, serving American fare using fresh and seasonal ingredients with creative menu items created by award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. The martini bar offers creative mixology options combined with modern twists, and Details magazine named it as one of the country’s top 10 hotel bars. Also on the property are The Pool Bar and The Coffee Bar. The Pool Bar has been part of the local social scene for more than 70 years, while The Coffee Bar is a great place to pick up not only your morning beverage but also a range of snacks and treats before you head to the pool or the beach in the morning.
The Rooms: One of the only downsides of The Raleigh is that the rooms are on the smaller side since this is a historic hotel, but you get so much beauty and luxurious comfort that it’ll likely be worth the trade-off. You can opt for a variety of ocean and pool-front rooms and suites and also rooms with balconies so you can enjoy the sea air and breezes from the comfort of your private space. Suite options include the Art Deco suite and the Esther Williams Suite.