Two weeks ago, South Beach woke up to the surreality of its latest newcomer, Dream South Beach. The heavily hyped “see and be seen” hotel merges sexiness, eclectic modernism, historic preservation and a bit of classic South Beach pretention smack in the center of beach’s renowned party zone.
Constructed within two sensationally refurbished, archetypal Art Deco buildings, the hotel stays true to the beach’s architectural roots. Given the size constraints of the original 1939 building, the rooms are primarily boutique-sized. But the Dream team has worked magic on the interiors, instituting meticulous design details that include colored bed lighting for a trippy fantasia atmosphere, glass closets, dramatic chandeliers in every room, and warm hardwood floors.
These seductive rooms are indeed made for friends (or the right couple) searching for fast times in Florida’s sexiest city. It’s geared towards the twenty and early thirty-somethings looking for a well located hedonism sanctuary for pre and post parties, tanning on the beach, and late-night debauchery.
Given its ideal location on Collins Ave. and 11th Street, the silky sands, ocean blues, and SoBe’s scantily clad brigades are just a block away. The hotel provides beach chairs on its very own designated slice of sugarloaf coastline just south of 11th. Naturally, this forward-thinking dream machine provides complimentary beach gear “to go” available at front desk, like towels and sun lotion.
If you choose to skip the beach (and at many points, you will), you can simply chill at the Palm Springs-inspired rooftop pool. The crowd is easy on the eyes to say the least, and there’s ample pool and lounge space for sun, fun, and splashing. When hunger calls during breakfast, lunch, dinner, the Tudor House, Geoffery Zakarian’s latest house of deliciousness, is right downstairs.
It’s worth checking out the Tudor House, even if you have no plans to live out the “dream.” The restaurant’s American comfort foods are true one-of-a-kind creations – fresh, organic ingredients to create sophisticated versions of decadent (and highly caloric) American eats. Items like the homemade Oreos, buttered popcorn milkshakes, country fried chicken, and coconut marinated scallops in mason jars are pure foodie fantasia.
A Junior Suite at Dream