Miami: Dignified Retro Openings on the Art Basel Trail

If you, too, have been looking for a stylish reprieve from the madness that is Collins Avenue during Art Basel, Gale South Beach will have your sullen heart skip a beat. Outfitted in the finest Italian details and light-washed interiors, the newly-opened hotel to the growing portfolio of Keith Menin ( who brought  swagger to West Ave. with the Mondrian Hotel), Gale breathes fresh air into a historic property big on old-school charm. Should some shut-eye in one of the rooms that boast the ’40s glamorous stylings not be in your future, Gale’s open to the public wine-and-dine ‘em offerings will make you a believer in the rebirth of cool, even if the lingering artsy-fartsy types make you feel like grandma Suzie.

At soon-to-open Dolce Italian, the menu reads like a wet dream of any gluttonous creature (baby spinach and pumpkin ravioli with smoked ricotta or shortrib cannelloni with porcini cream, anyone?) and The Regent Cocktail Club, a mega-civilized alternative to the drunken ruckus that abounds beyond Gale’s stylish gates, would make the Rat Pack proud. 

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The Mondrian Gets Tivo

imageThe Mondrian South Beach, set to open December 1, is adding another feature to its roster: Tivo. The Mondrian opted for the deluxe Tivo package so guests will be able to record two shows while watching a third. If this pilot Tivo program goes well, look for the Tivo at all the Morgans Group Hotels, which include: New York’s Morgans Hotel, the Royalton, Hudson Hotel; Miami’s Delano, The Shore Club; Los Angeles’ Mondrian; San Francisco’s Clift Hotel; Scottsdale’s Mondrian, Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel, and London’s St. Martin’s Lane and the Sanderson. All the more reason to order room service.

Hotel Opening Roundup: Encore Las Vegas, Mondrian South Beach, Viceroy Miami

image Despite the economic downtown, several hotel groups are forging ahead and taking reservations:

1. The Las Vegas Encore, by Team Wynn, is taking reservations for late January 2009.

2. The Mondrian South Beach is taking reservations as of December 1, and to celebrate the opening, they’re offering rooms at the bargain-basement price of $195 a night (through February 2009).

3. The Viceroy Miami is opening its Miami doors in February of 2009. Expect an infinity pool, billiard room, and movie theater (!).