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Best Up-and-Coming Hotels 2012

Best Up-and-Coming Hotels: SLS Hotel South Beach

Courtesy of SLS Hotel South Beach

SLS Hotel South Beach, Miami

This whimsical playground—the second property from nightlife impresario Sam Nazarian—is also the pedigreed product of designer Philippe Starck and star chef José Andrés. A $45 million makeover transformed an iconic Art Deco building into a fever dream of trompe l’oeil walls, phantasmagorical murals, and playful kitsch (a towering rubber ducky presides over the 8,000-square-foot pool party, Hyde Beach). The star power extends to the penthouse suite and a private bungalow, both designed by Lenny Kravitz’s new design company.

From $325 per night; slshotels.com.

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