Lords South Beach Hotel

Lords South Beach Hotel |  Miami Beach, Florida |  What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say “Gay Hotel”… exactly. Well Lords South Beach, for my great surprise, is completely the opposite. Lords, identifies itself with the following line – An Appropriately Oriented Hotel, welcoming everyone with focus on alternative and open minds. More than a hotel; it’s a quantum leap in gay travel. A home away from home, just a lot more fun, posh, friendly, sexy, easy, satisfying, and gratifying. When I decided to book my nights there, at first I was a bit hesitant, but the experience was far beyond expected. Not a luxury hotel, not the most elegant pool area or restaurant, but certainly a hot spot in Miami Beach for those coming to relax, hit the beach, be in the groove and enjoy SOBE at full both during the day and most important at night.
My absolute favorite at Lords South Beach… the color scheme. Full yellow and orange, this is like heaven to meet. So much positive energy, to only match the atmosphere of South Beach. Located in the most dynamic beach destination on Collins Avenue between 11th. and 12th. Street. An exciting new hotel appropriately oriented for your special South Beach moments, you’ll love the bohemian rooms, fun-spirited dining and ultra-hot spots – the comings, the goings, the night life, the good life. Out MagazineABSOLUT VODKA, and Levi’s, their partners in crime, make exploring, socializing and looking good in South Beach easy.

LORDS South Beach varied room types are tailored to meet each guest’s personal desires. All rooms have an emphasis on comfort and convenience, going-out and staying-in will be equally fun. Featuring flatscreen television, i-pod/CD speakers, luxe linens by Frette, a large private bathroom with amenities by LUXE Bath, and a top shelf minibar. Video below of the Pied-a-Terre Suite, where I stayed. Made for mingling and mixing. Fun-spirited, with a sophisticated flair, these suites are appropriately appointed with intimate sitting rooms, ideal for after-beach or pre-evening cocktails… or both.

PAD Room, the standard category, with the iconic headboard photos of Elizabeth Taylor over your bed, hey a much better than a crucifix right.  Cheek and chic meet in Lords South Beach Pads with bold colors and custom-designed graphics. Video below.

I was very happy to learn about their concept ROOMS THAT MATTER, with which I agree 100% and have put into practice several times at CM by Carlos Melia. PAD Rooms category, but with an added bonus. 10% of proceeds will automatically be donated to your room’s assigned Lords South Beach give-back group – Hetrick Martin Institute or The Point Foundation – your choice. Bravo.!!! Lords.
Former Hotel NASH, and current member of the Cambean Hotel, Lords open its doors less than a year ago, becoming into the new Gay Hot Spot of Miami Beach, an area where the Gay exodus has been very notable. Before you use to walk by Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Washington or even Lincoln Road, and there was a day/night scene. Well that is all gone, but slowly growing back into a more refined and trendy way.
The lobby of the hotel with their huge Polar Bear, the bar and the pool area are the epicenter of meeting and mingling of South Beach. Sunday Cabana Boy Pool Parties, Wednesdays Game Nights and special live performances every week. So all you need to do is get your look on, get downstairs, and let the games begin.
The Pool area, where the emphasis is on plural. Enjoy three enticing plunge pools and an infinite number of equally enticing pool-goers. With a sunning, lounging and snacking area, poolside is the optimal spot for making a splash. Cha Cha Cabana, a poolside, fully stocked and fully staffed bar and restaurant (weekends until 2am) to make sure our swimmers and sun-worshipers are hydrated and happy is like performing a sexy little dance – a Cha Cha.
The Porch, a unique spot for casual socializing over Collins Avenue, SoBe style. With a prime view of the passing scene, The Porch is where Miami’s ‘elite meet’ to witness the comings and goings, and enjoy cocktails and light bites (until midnight). At  Cha Cha Rooster Bar , let your foot start tapping to the beats as you take in the glamour of South Beach and realize the possibilities for the evening are endless. Toast friends over an ABSOLUT cocktail at the Cha Cha Rooster BAR (Until 2am).
When the sun goes down, SOBE becomes alive boasting in full its sex-appeal. The staff and Concierge at the hotel, which I must point are very friendly and resourceful, will assist you with restaurant suggestions and more… But hey, do not forget to stop by the EQUINOX Gym, which offers Lords guest with daily free passes. After all, you are in South Beach and all that matters is how you looked 10 minutes ago. CM

Check my live VIDEO interview of the series – BEEN THERE DONE THAT – with Brian Gorman, Owner and Founder of Lords South Beach Hotel. Where he shares with me the inspiration and concept of Lords and future plans to come.

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Nespresso Cafe Lincoln Road South Beach

Nespresso Cafe Lincoln Road South Beach |  Miami Beach, Florida |  For those that like a nice breakfast in style while walking by Lincoln road, I strongly recommend this venue. Charming, great coffee, sandwiches and over all style. (Indoor and Outdoor seating area). * 111 Lincoln Road, South Beach. Mon – Wed. 10AM-10PM / Thu – Sun. 11AM-11PM. CM

The TIDES Hotel South Beach

The TIDES Hotel South Beach | South Beach, Miami, Florida |  An icon of the ART DECO scene of South Beach and Ocean Drive, The TIDES Hotel by the VICEROY Group is an institution of Miami Beach. The Tides South Beach debuted a provocative new design in the Fall of 2007 by trendsetting designer Kelly Wearstler. The glamorous new design re-dresses the hotel’s interiors incorporating elements from the sea, rich textures, sunset colors and vintage recreations with a nod to its illustrious past while setting new standards for future hotel design.
Renowned for its sophisticated yet informal beachfront presence, The Tides South Beach is the flagship of an emerging brand of Tides resorts in coastal destinations, ideal for South Beach vacations, romantic getaways, business travel to Miami, and more. It is true what they say my friends…. the gay scene of Miami Beach is no longer happening there, now it has shifted to Fort Lauderdale. But if you are still looking for the SOBE and Art Deco experience, The TIDES Hotel is one of the classics with an unparalleled location right across the gay beach, PALACE Restaurant and Bar, Washington St. and Lincoln Road.

This South Beach boutique hotel features forty-five stylish luxury suites all offering expansive ocean views. Spacious hotel accommodations range from Oceanfront Studio Suites of 550 square feet to the 2,600 square foot Tides Suite. Fours things stroke me right away after checking into The Tides. (1). The personalized service and efficient check in (everyone in the hotel were aware of my name, and arrival to the hotel), (2). The size of the suites (it is like I cool have hosted a cocktail in my room for 20 people), (3). The views of Ocean Drive and the beach line from my suite (waking up to see the sun coming up was just a treat and perfect reason for and early rise, that complimented by the FREE breakfast served at the Lobby of the hotel.) , (4) The fact of having my own beach chair and umbrella right at the gay section as an amenity from my suite.  OH and always relevant to us boys, TIDES is pet friendly, and for those newly gay parents the TIDES is children friendly.

I have to admit. The hotel holds to be one of the TOP exponents of the glamorous Miami Beach from the 90’s that is long long gone. But my honest feeling is that the hotel needs a few touches of modernism.  If you are a big fun of Art Deco style and the esthetics of South Beach, then you will be in heaven and feel like home. My take is to more modern styles, but hey like I always say, it is a matter of personal taste. Especially when both services and comfort are not an issue at all. Love that they have opted of tile floors as there is nothing that I hate more at beach hotels that carpets. Bathroom amenities are by VRAI by Fragonard Parfumeur. DVD/CD player and a selection of CDs. High-speed wireless Internet access (at an additional cost). In-room safe. Fully-stocked honor bar. Nespresso coffee machine. iPod™ docking stations. Plush bathrobes and slippers. Nightly turndown service. Hair dryer. In an effort to ensure future sustainability for our environment and as part of the hotel’s green initiative, The Tides South Beach will now offer purified water presented in carafes in all guest rooms.

For the finest in South Beach dining, visit the recently unveiled restaurant La Marea offering a fresh dining concept in a dramatic setting. The hotel’s front terrace, one of the HOT Spots in SOBE and Ocean Drive to seat and do People-Watching, is the place to see and be seen. Overlooking Ocean Drive serves alfresco cocktails and dining selections from La Marea.
For an intriguing gathering place to enjoy cocktails and appetizers, experience Coral Bar, South Beach’s tucked away treasure. This private enclave of a bar provides a distinctive, intimate setting in which to enjoy rum infused cocktails and fresh, seasonal culinary appetizers. With brass barstools made of faux hide seats and a reverse-glass mural of sea creatures, the bar’s inviting milieu tempts guests to linger and mingle within the lobby’s grand space.

24hs. fitness center and pool access for those not into the beach. The hotel also offers a full selection of South Beach’s finest spa services, in the privacy of the ocean-view residential hotel rooms and suites, and poolside at the pool terrace.

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