By Lisa Loverro
It’s all about location when vacationing in South Beach and you get any closer to the action than at the historic Art Deco Gale South Beach boutique resort hotel. It’s located directly on the very posh Collins Avenue and, although not directly on the beach it’s only a block away, and nearby to some of Miami’s most iconic hotels such as the Delano and the iconic restaurant and shopping district along Lincoln Road.
Originally erected in 1941, the landmark structure was once two hotels, the Regent and the Gale located on an up-and-coming section of Miami known as South Beach. Architect L. Murray Dixon had the unique vision to build two venues of Tropical Art Deco fashion; a style the pioneer is today credited with developing.
Recently reopened in 2012, the two hotels have been joined together (the original hotel Regent sign still graces the back of the building) and the Gale South Beach now offers 87 rooms with a retro inspired feel and chic vibe. All rooms are fitted with flat screens, iPod docking stations, and modern bathrooms. The bedroom walls are decorated with black and white photos of iconic 1940’s images and while there are no tubs or full size closets in the room (somewhat of a norm for boutique hotels here), you’ll make do with the modern shower and luxurious bath products.
There is a beautiful 5,000 square foot rooftop pool gleaming with full sun throughout the day along a lounge serving cocktails and small bites. In the evening the hotel plays host to one of the most popular clubs in the area, Rec Room, which offers a NYC vibe with a relaxed Miami attitude. Guests should take note that some of the lower level rooms at the Gale can be a bit noisy because of this club so unless you party until the sun rises, ask for a room on a higher floor.
Dining at the Gale is just as opulent with the opening of Dolce Italian in January 2013. With their very own mozzarella bar, there’s a full menu of Italian classic dishes including pastas risottos and fresh fish. You’ll find this restaurant bustling with both tourists and locals and is a nice compliment and convenience to this chic and iconic hotel.
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