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Soho Beach House photos by Robin Hill

Soho House by Shulman and Assocuiates photo by Robin Hill (c) (5) copy

Soho Beach House photos by Robin Hill

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Soho Beach House photos by Robin Hill

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Soho Beach House photos by Robin Hill

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Soho Beach House photos by Robin Hill

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Freehand hostel, photo by Adrian Gaut

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Freehand hostel, photo by Adrian Gaut

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W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, photos courtesy of W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

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W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, photos courtesy of W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

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W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, photos courtesy of W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

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W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, photos courtesy of W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

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W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, photos courtesy of W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

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Postcard Inn, photo by Eric Laignel

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Postcard Inn, photo by Eric Laignel

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Postcard Inn, photo by Eric Laignel

Hotel Design | Kings of the Beach

Monday, July 15th, 2013

By Amber Gibson

Big-name designers and bright, sexy interiors make these Florida and Caribbean hotels worth the trip.

Soho Beach House
Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach is crowded, but you can’t miss Shulman + Associates’ pristine 16-story white oceanfront tower. Part hotel and part private club, the 50-room Soho Beach House high-rise encompasses the new tower and a restoration of the 1941 Sovereign Hotel. Each floor of the new building terraces upward for an edgy, urban feel. “The challenge was to try to connect the landscape, sky, and water all around,” says Allan Shulman, principal building designer and architect. “I think we really did that by multiplying the amount of landscapes in the building.” Shulman seamlessly blends indoors with the outdoors; the entire glass wall of tower units opens up to give guests an unparalleled view of the ocean. “In the new building, you feel like you’re on a terrace because your view is bounded only by the horizon,” he says. “In the old building, you were in more of a picture frame, looking out the window. Here you really feel like you’re on the ocean. Those are two very different experiences.” Shulman connects the two structures with a few similarities in design. “They’re both white, planar, and taut in quality and there are little quotations that refer back and forth between the two. The tower core of the new building is ribbed and detached in the same way as the old. I really wanted to find the alter ego of the existing building, to speak to a contemporary generation,” he says.

Freehand
Miami Beach, Florida

This is not your horror movie hostel. Roman and Williams, the interior design firm behind New York’s Ace Hotel, made sure of that. The first location of a budding brand, Miami’s Freehand is a highend hostel with plush bunk beds that are a far cry from college dorm rooms. Both private and shared accommodations are available, with custom artwork and furniture in a modern maritime theme. Think early-’60s pool party scenes à la Catch Me If You Can amidst ’30s art deco buildings. Formerly the historic Indian Creek Hotel, the revamped space is low-key but eclectic, welcoming everyone from hipsters to families with toddlers in tow.

W Retreat & Spa
Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Just off the coast of Puerto Rico, the rustically luxurious W Retreat & Spa bears the mark of its designer—Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola—the moment you step into the resort’s whimsical living room. Oversize pillows are scattered over avant-garde furniture made from recycled materials in the airy common space, and a map of the island (hand-painted by Urquiola herself) is the focal point. Throughout the 156-room property, rainbow pops of color play against natural beige tones found in reclaimed wood walls, plush beige Moroso sofas, custom Canasta chairs, and Tiger Eye area rugs. Urquiola designed several exclusive installations for the hotel, including painted steel “Vieques” tubs in guest bathrooms—so cool that one was displayed at the Museum of Applied Art in Cologne, Germany.

Postcard Inn
St. Petersburg, Florida

You can flip-flop your way from surfer-casual poolside cabanas to your retro-cool room without seeing a single design misstep at this renovated 1960s motor lodge. Chris Sheffield and Kate Rohrer of SLDesign don’t challenge the beach views, but rather accent them in comfortable rooms complete with surfboards jauntily propped in the corner, photo murals of local surfers across the headboard, and colorful striped banquettes. Design accents like stenciled concrete floors in the two-story lobby and tables fabricated from reclaimed driftwood make communal spaces cozy, and the authentic atmosphere gets a nonchalant nautical elegance from one particularly cool piece: Sheffield and Rohrer bought all the cotton rope they could find in Tampa and spent 12 hours installing a 1,000-foot-long macramé element of rope, lights, and hand-dyed string to dangle from the lobby ceiling.

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