Fiona Byrne

Miami Beach Edition

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  • Where:Miami
  • Why:To escape the hell that is a New York winter.
  • When:January 2014
  • Who:My trusty travel companion Ted and I.
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Cheap ass pool table in the lobby. JK. It’s Cararra marble.

Heads up: if you’re wearing dark denim a) you shouldn’t be in Miami and b) you shouldn’t sit on white sofas.

The marble lobby is very white and very marbly. The columns are original to the 1955 building. It used to be the Hotel Seville back in the day and was considered quite fancy and glamorous in its time.

I had a sick bungalow room overlooking one of the pools.

The light wood and single banana leaf is super Miami. The natural light is also super Miami. Love that light.

Clean and simple bathroom – very Ian Schrager innit.

The pedicure part of the spa featuring extremely comfortable chairs and extremely fancy nail polish.

The manicure part of the spa. Can I lie down?

The gigantic and beautiful spa relaxation room where you can enjoy unbelievably delicious coconut tea and a bowl of mixed nuts or some such.

The cabanas have TVs and strategically strewn beach blankets.

Is this not heaven on earth?

Another little area for lounging and cocktailing and maybe s’mores-ing sometimes.

This little gem of an area made me SO happy. It’s so chill and unique! That gate back there goes directly onto the beach.

Pretty sick exterior.

The amazing diving board is original to the property –no diving these days though.

Can you say Miami glamour? The gold bar almost floats in the lobby.

The larger of two pools on the property.

Everywhere you walk in the hotel draws another sharp intake of breath, not least the Market by Jean-Georges restaurant. It’s got all these food stations with various global food options. We were VERY drawn to the dessert station, obvs.

Sometimes, for really special guests (ahem!) the kitchen will make bananas foster chocolate balls. If you’re one of the lucky ones, your life will never be the same.

Lolz fact: These marble balls are actually upholstered poufs!

To me the rainbow lighting at the bowling alley in the basement is one of the best things about the whole property.

Not only that, there’s an ice-rink ALSO featuring rainbow lighting. It makes me almost emotional!

Just gorge.

Highs & Lows

  • The spa. We had this insane massage with reflexology. Slept for most of it and that never happens. God it was so good. And the mani-pedi was the best we’ve ever had, real talk.

  • The food. Jean-Georges…is there really anything else to say?

  • THERE’S AN ICE RINK AND A BOWLING ALLEY. ALL CAPS. SORRY FOR YELLING.

  • The Edition Pineapple. Made from copper, you won’t drink from anything cooler in your lifetime.

  • The whiteness of it all. It’s so Miami and dreamy.

  • The outside spaces are perfection, from the poolside lounging vibes to the beach. Frankly, we were extremely traumatized to have to leave this hotel.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    The most non-Miami Miami vibe. Sure there’s bandage dresses and sky high heels but they’re intermixed with hipster beards and skater vibes. It’s actually a really fun mix.

  • Location

    It’s in Mid-Beach, near Soho Beach House and The Broken Shaker. Good locashe.

  • Rooms

    294

  • Music

    Unobtrusive and cool. There’s a nightclub or a ‘disco’ too. It’s really fun.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Yabu Pushelberg with Ian Schraeger’s in-house design team.

  • Pool/Gym

    Two pools and a gym we never saw the inside of, as is typical of our stay at any hotel.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, three. And they’re all by Jean-Georges, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it! Market is the more casual, day-to-night café vibe while Latin-inspired Matador is all cozy booths and an outdoor terrace. There’s also a poolside restaurant called Sundial, and of course you can order from a food/cocktail menu on the beach. The pina colada is exceptional. We recommend a pina then a massage at the spa with reflexology.

  • Bar

    The lobby bar is hidden among a menagerie of tropical plants while the Matador bar is darker and sexier. Make sure you order the Edition Pineapple, but please don’t try to steal the pineapple. They’re watching you like a hawk, and stealing isn’t cute anyway.

  • Minibar

    What we liked about the Edition is they have artisanal snacks AND Snickers. They got that high-low thing happening up in their mini-bars.

  • Children

    That one kid crying by the pool ruined our breakfast one morning so…Disney is that way, kids. Miami isn’t for kids. It’s for adults acting like kids, okay?

  • Price

    Rooms from $479.

Just two walkable blocks away. It’s a speakeasy-ish hipster spot with great cocktails and poolside dining.

The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140, United States

Just two walkable blocks away. It’s a speakeasy-ish hipster spot with great cocktails and poolside dining.

Also walkable if you fancy a change of scene although, TBH we wouldn’t want to leave the Edition for love nor money.

Soho Beach House

4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140, United States

Also walkable if you fancy a change of scene although, TBH we wouldn’t want to leave the Edition for love nor money.

Miami Beach Edition

The Miami Beach EDITION, Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, United States

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