Built in 1939 and fully renovated in November 2005, the Albion South Beach Hotel is one of Miami Beach's (Fla.) true Art Deco masterpieces. The hotel stands a block from the pedestrian-only Lincoln Road Mall, which is filled with shops and restaurants, and serves as home to a symphony orchestra, multiplex cinema and theater. More than 50 local artists work and display their creations in the walk-in studios.
The Albion South Beach Hotel, located 2 blocks from the beach, sports a distinctly contemporary interior design. The hotel's clientèle is a mix of business and leisure, with an emphasis on travelers from the fashion, media, and art worlds. Catalogue crews, magazine editors, and photographers often use the hotel's superb architecture as the focal point for photo shoots. The 60-foot pool on the second level includes portholes looking into the deep end. After swimming laps, guests can work out in the fitness room. In addition to room service (limited hours), guests can also dine at the Albion Café poolside or enjoy a cocktail at the Albion Bar & Lounge. Guests can also schedule a private tour of the Rubell family's renowned collection of contemporary art.
Guestrooms have pool, courtyard, or city views, and feature a stark, minimalist decor, with custom wood furnishings by architect Carlos Zapata, and amenities ranging from complimentary wireless Internet access and 32-inch LCD televisions to spa bathrobes and the Rubell Hotels' own cucumber-scented bath essentials. The 100 guestrooms and suites feature Azzuri bed throws, oversized pillows, and Mediterranean-inspired curtains. Amenities also include direct-dial phones, and private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations.