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The Clay Hotel is a moderately-priced South Beach hotel that is frequented by young travelers from around the world. Built in 1925 and once home to Al Capone's South Florida gambling ring, the hotel was renovated in 1980. It still boasts its original wood counter, as well as terracotta floors and the all-around charm of Spanish deco. There's almost no reason to leave the hotel except that it's two blocks from the beach and right in the heart of South Beach.
The Betsy Hotel is located on Ocean Drive and is both welcoming and elegant. The building, with its Georgian front columns and an inviting porch, stands out in a sea of Art Deco. The rooms are artfully decorated and feature stacks of books for the reading pleasure of guests. Here, owners Jonathan Plutzik and Lesley Goldwasser have created a place where philanthropy and culture takes first place. In the surrounding neighborhood, there are art salons and community workshops, film screenings and cultural and charity events. At the same time, it offers luxurious amenities like the outdoor spa and it is run as a green establishment. In a city known for the beach, tans and parties, the Betsy is a unique experience.
Centrally located in Coral Gables, this hotel provides a warm and romantic environment evocative of a country inn. Each room is outfitted in dark, wood-paneled tones and distinctive furnishings. The hotel staff is friendly and accommodating, and guests receive fresh fruit baskets upon arrival. For those guests who are not ready to adjourn to their rooms, a lounge is also available. If you are looking to unwind in a serene environment, this establishment is a good bet.
Opened in 1926 as a posh country club getaway for wealthy winter visitors, the hotel is a National Historic Landmark. Its design is handsome Mediterranean architecture, with painted ceilings, heavy beams, mahogany and wrought iron accents, fountains and an enormous swimming pool (the pool is so large that the hotel at one time used it to present waterski shows). The hotel has several restaurants like the Fontana, Cascade and The 19th Hole Sports Bar and Grill serving an amazing array of cuisines. The hotel also has a golf course and a few tennis courts. Other facilities include clothing and cigar humidor shops, a private Cellar Club and a Cigar Saloon. The hotel's Gable Stage offers live entertainment.