I have not been to Miami before and honestly, it's never been all that appealing. I have a bad taste in my mouth about the clubbing/drug culture there (maybe I just watch too much Dexter). There are some pretty amazing hotels in the city - like the Delano, the Viceroy, and the Mondrian - which have inspired me to reconsider Miami as a potential vacation spot. While the design aesthetic is impressive in those glitzy hotels and I certainly want to see them all, my husband and I probably wouldn't fit in with their typical clientele. I get the feeling that the scene could get a little exhausting. So, I was thrilled to run across the Raleigh. A hotel that is decidedly different from its aforementioned South Beach neighbors and seems to imbue a cool vintage vibe.
The hotel's tagline is: Relaxed Elegance since 1940. The phrase "relaxed elegance" is music to my ears and the fact that the hotel has been around for decades is a testament to its timeless appeal. Based on their website, I am dying to check it out!
From a design perspective, I think they did a fabulous job of allowing the retro mood to thrive in a modern context.
This pool seems like something Dorothy Draper would design.
I desperately want this umbrella...
Retro coffee shop...pretty authentic, eh?
This room could be a set for Mad Men. I can totally picture Don Draper in here.
Speaking of the era of Don Draper...here are some photos of the Raleigh back in the 1950s and 60s.
Vintage postcard showing off the pool's curves
More old photos...
Even their room keys are cool!
I think it looks pretty awesome and hope we make it out there sometime soon. It's kind of a bummer that our anniversary is during hurricane season. I suppose that is one of the advantages of going to Hawaii!
I'm curious to know what your favorite beach hotels are...please share. I need daydreaming fodder :)