Shore Club South Beach
More than a decade after its star-studded opening, the Shore Club still manages to regularly pack the house with beautiful people modeling the latest designer swimwear. The bulk of the people-watching action happens just off the beach, at the hotel's pair of elevated infinity pools and the outdoor Rumbar, which stocks around 75 types of the spirit. For a less casual meal, guests can choose from the South Beach outpost of Nobu or casual Italian fare at Terrazza (which packs in the crowds with its Sunday Ladies Who Brunch, mainly because of the bottomless mimosas and bellinis). The hotel's 308 rooms, many of which have ocean views, are a bit smaller than those at the Morgans Hotel Group's other South Beach properties, the Mondrian and the Delano, but are attractively minimalist, with streamlined furniture, a white-on-white color scheme, and Mexican sandstone bathrooms with glassed-in "wet rooms." (They were designed by famed British architect David Chipperfield.) The landmarked Art Deco lobby leads to a labyrinth of gardens.