For a world-class con man, James Sabatino has a habit of burning out in blazes of self-inflicted pain. As a teenager, he pulled off an incredible run of schemes, including getting close to Julio Iglasias by posing as a Sony Music executive and wrangling more than 200 Super Bowl tickets from the Dolp ... More >>
Few people would argue that room service is one of the greatest joys of the First World. And Room Service Restaurant Lounge aims to bottle that boozing-in-a-bathrobe feeling and sell it for a pretty penny on South Beach.Designed to mimic a sleek, modern five-star resort, the new establishment offers ... More >>
You know what constitutes a great birthday in our eyes? When the birthday girl or boy (or luxury hotel) gives us a present to celebrate the day.In this case, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove turns 10 on October 8 -- and is celebrating by offering spa treatments -- and three course meals for ten bucks. ... More >>
All photos by Emily CodikA lone motorcycle raced through the coral dirt road, unraveling misty gusts of powdered sand. We were lost, and had already given up on reaching Playa Cosón, a beach off of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic.We waved the driver down. "Hey! Excuse me!" my father shouted ... More >>
No, that is not a misspelling in the headline. The folks over at B Hotels and Resorts have a goal -- for the letter "B" to be as familiar in front of the word hotel as the letter "W."The company's two Broward locations opened just 18 months ago in Sunrise and on A1A, but they've already become a fav ... More >>
Big drama at two of Miami's best known hotels this weekend, as two iconic resorts had some dramatic shake-ups on the business side. The owners of the Eden Roc, a Miami Beach classic, are taking their management company to court. Meanwhile, the owners of the Setai, a member of the new guard of Miami ... More >>
For the second time in the row, Florida politicians decided to ignore the rules of the Republican National Committee and moved ahead with their plan for an early primary. Like 2008, this means that Florida Republicans will lose half of their delegates at the national convention, but this time aro ... More >>
Marc Averette via wikimedia commonsThe Four Seasons Hotel on Brickell AvenueGrowing up in communist Poland, Bozena Sawa secretly idealized the glittering luxury hotels that dotted capitalist Western Europe and the United States. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, she moved to New York and fell i ... More >>
The pool at the Mondrian hotelWant to have an out-of-town friend who is strapped for cash pay you a visit sometime soon? Well, you better offer your futon, because according to a new ranking from Forbes.com, based on average hotel room price, Miami is the sixth most expensive city to visit in Ame ... More >>
The Royal Palm hotel was the first black-owned hotel in all of Miami Beach, and as our Francisco Alvarado once put it, "was supposed to be a beacon of atonement for Miami-Dade County's racist past." After it re-opened on 16th and Collins in 2002, a string of bad business calculations and bitter d ... More >>
Few things in South Beach can be called exclusively straight, but there's always room for an unabashedly queer take on things. Enter Lords South Beach. It promises to be the only exclusively gay hotel in South Beach and is set for a soft opening on November 21. There's a few twists on traditional ... More >>
Four RoomsEver wonder what kind of crazy stuff hotel room service attendants see on South Beach? We did. So we asked around in the kitchen of a certain luxury inn where the tips are big and lips are shut.Five attendants were waiting to send condiments and comida up the elevator about 10:30 ... More >>
via Milan.Boer's Flickr/cc2.0The palm lined entrance to the BiltmoreAre there any iconic Miami hotels that aren't having some sort of financial trouble at the moment? How about the historic Biltmore in Coral Gables? That's probably doing good, right? Oh, wait, the management companys owes the cit ... More >>
The Royal Palm Hotel will be sold in a public auction in May.The Royal Palm Hotel on 16th Street and Collins Avenue was supposed to be a beacon of atonement for Miami-Dade County's racist past.In 1989, county officials snubbed South African leader Nelson Mandela when he visited Miami. African Ame ... More >>
The owners of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach borrowed about $620 million to complete its recent $1 billion makeover, but according to Business Week, they haven't made payments on any of the loans since September. Now BW says they're offering a restructuring plan to lenders. Yes, yet another Miami ... More >>
via Emilio Labrador's FlickrTravel Leisure unleashed its annual survey of American travelers, and the magazine seems to think people in Miami are both hot as hell and dumb as hell.The Big Orange took first place for most attractive people and second for most stylish city, and let me tell you I ... More >>
Pitbull's new album, Rebelution, officially came out yesterday, though in these parts we've been hearing lead singles "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" and "Hotel Room Service" (and even "Krazy") for what seems like forever already. And because Pitbull seems like such a Miami phenomenon, it's alm ... More >>
Miami-Dade Police found a young Hialeah man dead this morning at the Days Inn Miami International Airport Hotel. He was identified at 3:30 a.m. as 21-year-old Raudel Sanchez. The noisy, rundown hotel is located on NW 11th Street on the southwest side of the airport. Not much is yet known ... More >>
Conrad MiamiNew logo, new menu and conceptConrad Miami is no longer chefless. Executive Chef Jonathan McCann fills the four month void at its signature restaurant Atrio, since Michael Gilligan exited in the spring to join the W Hotel South Beach. McCann now oversees the Brickell luxury hotel's in ... More >>
Does that headline make any sense to you? We're feeling a touch of the surreal today, so we went with that over "Standard Hotels Teams with Quicksilver," which is indeed what this is all about. André Balazs' Standard boutique hotel chain teamed up with Quicksilver, titan of the ma ... More >>
Here's Derick G's behind the scenes video for the new Pitbull song "Hotel Room Service." This video is presented in HD. Holy fuck are cameras getting good now. The actual music video is directed by David Rousseau and the location is the Epic Hotel downtown.
For the Latin music lovers out there, WMC hasn't forgotten about you. Our sources at the Shelborne say salsa princess La India is slated to make a cameo some time this afternoon, er, which is basically now. The hotel is hosting DJ Magazine's Recession Sessions so this ought to be interesting. We're ... More >>
Just returned from the Gansevoort South. Music editor Arielle Castillo and I were at the A Party Worth Blogging About event by EatSkeet.com and HipsterRunoff.com. So in honor of HRO I'm going to ask a few philosophical questions:Do pool parties need people in order for it to be a 'partie'?If someone ... More >>
If you thought the Federal ethics charges against Mary McCarty and her band of merry Palm Beach County and City Commissioners was scandalous enough, you haven't heard what the California Avocado Commission has been up to in the past three years. McCarty, after all, only accepted a few free hotel roo ... More >>
Kickboxing and mixed martial arts hit Miami.
At The Standard, your nana aint playing bingo.
Sure, the economy's bad here in South Florida. Workers are getting laid off, salaries slashed, homes foreclosed upon. But have some pity for the poor Deutsche Bank employees in Germany. According to the London Independent, senior executives of the German Bank can no longer expense brothel visits or ... More >>
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