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Location: Miami Beach
Designate: Bowen Holly
On offer: An eclectic ode to Magic City’s storied past and flashy present, the latest release from boutique operator Salt Hotels brings a welcome dose of relaxing energy to tourist-choked Collins Avenue. Located steps from the sand in an iconic 1939 Art Deco building by architect Henry Hohauser, the intimate 91-key getaway is a distinctive newcomer to the hospitality scene thanks to a high-touch program that merges the fine arts, live music and innovative cuisine without the bacchanalian crowds. Part-timers of Miami Beach themselves, Salt Hotels co-founders David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea channeled their industry experience into local stalwarts like the Shore Club, Mondrian and The Standard to s ensuring that the Greystone Hotel offered something worthy of the city’s reputation as a renowned travel destination while maintaining a sense of relaxed sophistication.
Standout Features: From the oasis-like corner lobby with lush flora and curvy furnishings to a shaded courtyard lounge that serves Japanese “sando”-style sandwiches enlivened with flavors that evoke the colorful, focused dishes on Miami Health, delightful moments feel like they’re around every corner. At Sérêvène, the property’s signature restaurant, award-winning executive chef Pawan Pinisetti marries Japanese ingredients and French techniques with experiential dishes such as table-carved suckling pig. Playful dishes such as wasabi ranch “hash browns” with caviar and quail “lollipops” are original and well worth trying. The adjacent Greystone Jazz Bar is pure 1920s bliss, with pianists singing genre hits and DJs spinning lounge beats while guests and in-the-know locals sip creative and classic cocktails served from cut-crystal glassware. With sparse blond-wood furniture and rattan accessories, the cavernous, rustic-minimalist bedrooms are the perfect place to retreat to after soaking in Miami’s famous nightlife scene.