Architect Morris Lapidus designed the building in 1956; he also designed the neighbouring establishment, the Fontainebleau. As an imposing hotel with a huge façade, the Eden Roc may be a bit too much for some. It includes two separate tower blocks, one that was built in 1956 and the other in 2008, with 21 storeys. As guests walk into the lobby, they'll immediately be struck by the circular bar that stands in the middle of the reception hall. It hasn't changed since 1956, although it underwent recent renovations. The interior is modern but has kept its 50s influences. The spacious lobby is well-lit and provides a perfect setting for a cup of coffee or to enjoy a relaxing moment in the morning, before taking on Miami. It's easy to understand why this place has always been a celebrity attraction.
In the evenings, the atmosphere becomes more festive, but more intimate too. In the area between the two tower blocks, there are lounge areas where you can enjoy a drink or simply relax during the day. If you're after some more peace and quiet, head for one of the 3, no make that 4, swimming pools, one of which is reserved for adults. It is soon to be integrated by the spa centre, which is due to open in May 2011. For the moment, you have to make do with the jacuzzi located next to the swimming pool.
Deckchairs and parasols are available on Miami Beach.