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Hotel Ritz-Carlton South Beach (previously the Di Lido) Hotel 4 star
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The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is one of three Ritz-Carlton hotels in Miami along with Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. The South Beach hotel is unique in that it is right on Miami Beach. The pool sits on a raised platform that sits just above the beach so that guests get an unobstructed view of the Atlantic. The upsides are the large pool and the DiLido's restaurant, which is the only one of its kind to be so close to the beach. The hotel is an original neo-Art Baroque build that used to be called 'Di Lido' when it was first built back in the 50s. It is perfect for families and there is a 'VIK' program, which stands for 'Very Important Kids', specially put together for various age groups. Due to its central location, right at the heart of the Art Deco district, a five minute walk from the Lincoln pedestrian area and five minutes from Ocean Drive, it is ideal for guests looking for centrally-located good quality accommodation with facilities that are good overall.

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    • Hotel Ritz-Carlton South Beach (previously the Di Lido)

      Ritz-Carlton South Beach previously the Di Lido   -   © S. Poli / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Ritz-Carlton South Beach (previously the Di Lido)

      Ritz-Carlton South Beach previously the Di Lido   -   © S. Poli / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is located on Lincoln on Collins closer to the beach. The other half of Lincoln (across Collins Avenue), is one of the favourite shopping areas in Miami. The hotel sits on the promenade that lines a quieter part of Miami Beach as it is a few streets away from Ocean Drive.

    Accommodation 7.60 /10

    With 375 guest rooms, the hotel is no intimate boutique affair, but the service is friendly and efficient. The rooms are divided up into more categories than we have fingers, but the main difference between the rooms is the size and views. The rooms, all with balconies, feature dark cherry wood furniture and are dressed in nautical colours, giving the already bright rooms a fresh atmosphere. The rooms start at 35m² and go up to 232m² for the Ritz-Carlton suite. The rooms have complimentary tea and coffee making facilities (although we thought it was a shame to offer cardboard cups instead of crockery), large flat screen televisions with a range of channels, mini bar, bathrobes and slippers. The basic rooms are pleasant and have lovely views, although it can be a little noisy when the windows are open. The balconies also give out onto your neighbours' balconies, which is not ideal if you are one to sunbathe in your birthday suit! All rooms are non-smoking so the balconies come in handy. The rooms are all equipped with iPod docking stations and Wi-fi, but this comes at a fee unless you are on the club floor.

    All rooms save the club category and upper end suites, which have Bulgari products, have Ritz-Carlton own-brand amenities. The marble bathrooms are fairly well appointed except that the shower door can only open if the bathroom door is at the right angle. The rooms are otherwise pleasant and comfortable.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The large neo-Art Baroque lobby has recently been renovated to a more contemporary look complete with wooden panels lining the walls dotted with lights throwing a gentle and warm glow. The lobby is smart and sophisticated, especially to the very back, where you will find the lobby bar - the bar was actually the original hotel reception back in the 50s when the hotel first opened. The decor was designed by Morris Lapidus, a renowned architect during Miami's 1950s beach architecture revival. He has designed several hotel interiors in Miami, including the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels.

    The terrazzo floors and banisters leading up to the first floor restaurant are also originals. The Ritz-Carlton took over the hotel in 2003 and has been well-maintained since. The staff at reception is friendly and efficient. The rooms are situated on the upper floors of the hotel. One floor is dedicated to executive rooms, which look exactly the same as standard rooms but with the added bonus of access to the business lounge. The first floor is where you will find the main restaurant that opens out onto the pool, which looks just like a lido pool. The accommodation blocks form a horseshoe around the pool, so that most rooms have a sea view. The pool gives onto Miami Beach. There is a direct access to the walk that lines the beach. Along the walk is the De Lido restaurant, which is one of the most pleasant areas to stop by for a drink and a quick bite to eat as it is one of the rare seafront restaurants in town. The hotel also has a 16 000 ft Ritz-Carlton spa with 16 treatment rooms, where the main brand of products is the high-end French Karita brand. Despite having all the pros adults may be looking for, the hotel is very family oriented and has a 'VIK' (Very Important Kids) program for children from 5 to 12 years of age.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The hotel has several outlets, including the all-day dining restaurant, Bistrot One, on the first floor, the DeLido Beach Club, and the Executive lounge. For a quick snack or beverage, there is the bar to the back of the large Lapidus-designed lobby, where you can appreciate an original Basquiat work that hangs behind the bar.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in Bistrot One. A contemporary American Bistro, this chic yet cosy enclave serves fresh local seafood, steaks, an extensive wine list and soufflés, with indoor and al fresco poolside seating with soft lighting and infinity views of the Atlantic Ocean. For a pre or post dinner drink, the Lapidus Lounge has a wide-ranging cocktail list and a hushed atmosphere. Friday brunch is served here from midday to 3:00pm. Our favourite option at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, is however, the DiLido Beach Club, which lines the promenade just across the beach. The restaurant is the only one of its kind to be so close to the beach, which gives it an unrivalled chic beach holiday atmosphere! Under the creative eye of Chef de Cuisine Josh Becker, this casually elegant enclave is the only oceanfront restaurant and lounge on South Beach, and a place to enjoy Sun Cuisine - flavorful dishes inspired by tastes from beach towns along the southern Mediterranean and North African coasts. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and for cocktails from midday till sunset. We highly recommend the DiLido, even if you are not staying at the hotel.

    Beach 9.40 /10

    Miami Beach is pretty much the same all the way along: a long and wide stretch of sand with reasonably clear water. You won't see any locals in the sea until at least April though, but the 'snowbirds', as the Miami crowds call the New Yorkers, who come to Miami for a spot of sunshine during their big freeze period are happily splashing around; this does mean that the beach is rarely crowded at the beginning of the year. The hotel has its own section on the beach, where guests can rent beach loungers and towels - enquire with the hotel as the fee for beach service may be included in your room rate.

    To know

    The hotel used to be known as the neo-Art Baroque DiLido Hotel; as the building is registered as national heritage, the original name is still visible on the front of the hotel, so don't get confused, the Di Lido is indeed the Ritz-Carlton South Beach! There are several hotels that have multimillion dollar art collections and the Ritz-Carlton South Beach is one of them. Keep your eyes peeled for original works by wild child Basquiat and other renowned artists. Valet parking is available from $27day/$36 overnight.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Barber
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Location, location, location: right on the beach and in Art Deco district centre.
    • Family focused.
    • Beautiful ocean views.
    • Great big infinity-edged pool overlooking the beach.

    disadvantages

    • With more of a resort feel, it is not ideal for those of you looking for romance or intimacy.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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