The Royal Palm’s retro feeling pays homage to the original hotel’s rich history (it was built in 1939), preserving elements of the Art Deco hotel’s original design such as the compass rose on the terrazzo lobby floor, the original green glass reception desk, and porthole windows in the lobby lounge. It’s situated on the beach with direct beachfront access, right in the heart of South Beach where Ocean Drive meets Collins Avenue.
The 393 guest accommodations range from a classic king with oceanfront view to a two-bedroom, poolside indoor/outdoor luxury suite with living and dining area. The modern room décor features a casual beach house ambience with whimsical touches and flora and fauna artwork. The hotel offers two pools and a choice of several restaurants.
Best bet: Byblos Eastern Mediterranean Restaurant, popular with locals and visitors alike. There’s al fresco dining in The Grove, featuring regional Florida fare. The full-service Privai Wellness + Spa features sea salt and botanical infused treatments.
Visit: 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139; 305-604-5700; www.marriott.com