And now, an update to the Curbed Miami Hotel 18, our map of the 18 'Essential' South Florida hotels. These hotels aren't the flavors-of-the-month, but rather hotels that are in it for the long haul. They're Miami's classic hotels, Miami's most reliably good hotels, Miami's iconic hotels, Miami's historically significant hotels,the hotels that define certain important aspects of our city's culture in the way that only a bustling hotel can.
We'll be updating the map again in due time, so if you have a favorite that wasn't included, please mention it in the comments or tip us for next time. If you spot a hotel unworthy of the Hotel 18 distinction, we want to hear about that, too.
The list has had fewer changes since its last incarnation in March, with the only subtraction being the Shore Club, most of which will soon be converted to condos. The Fisher Island Club was promoted to replace it. At first glance, one might find a few exclusions, like the wonderful Raleigh Hotel and the superlative Setai, surprising. With the list capped at 18, we had to be shrewd. The Raleigh was dropped from an earlier list because major alterations to the property are in the planning stages, making its future somewhat of a mystery. Meanwhile, the Setai has certain similarities with the neighboring W Hotel, as far as glamour, beauty, and a desire for exclusivity go, but the W is oriented outwards, with public rooms facing the street and a large, welcoming public lobby. The Setai is basically a cloister. Managerially, the W also appears to embrace its community much more than the Setai, which itself has experienced major managerial upheavals in recent memory, thus the Setai was dropped.
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