Best Up-and-Coming Hotels 2012
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.