Miami, United States

SLS South Beach

Rates from (ex tax)$208.25

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD237.41), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Starck contrast


Day-glo party beach

SLS South Beach, Miami, is as much of a fusion dish as its surroundings. Philippe Starck brings French whimsy to the art-deco building, with rooms dressed like the boudoir of Madame de Pompadour (Louis XV’s mistress). Hedonists can lounge on exaggerated chaises longues, bathe in egg-shaped tubs or, ahem, put on a show for the mirror on the ceiling. Dining is Latin and Japanese inspired, and the hotel’s bars and beach club evoke the best of the Med. A dash of spice completes this melting pot: the Lenny Kravitz-designed penthouse suites are dressed in well-travelled rock-star style. 

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Need to know


140, including 13 suites.


11am, but flexible, on request. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $208.25, excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $40.00 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD208.25), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Breakfast (US$28 a person) is not included in the room rate. A resort fee of US$40 a day includes high-speed WiFi, two beach chairs, access to the fitness centre, bottled water at turn-down and coffee refills at the front desk.


Your manicured finger may be on the pulse, but the hotel’s concierge team hold a (probably Starck-designed) stethoscope to Miami’s beating heart; they’re available 24 hours a day to unclick the velvet rope of the city’s hippest hangouts. Franck and Leo are the swish hairstylists behind IGK, the hotel's salon; entrust your locks to them for beautiful beach hair. In-room coiffing and spa pampering is available on request.

At the hotel

Beach club, hair salon, gym, concierge, BMW hire, free high-speed WiFi throughout. In-rooms: 42” LCD TV, iPad, Bluetooth MP3 connection, high-speed WiFi, minibar and Ciel Spa bath products. The SLS Signature Suite and penthouse suites have 47” TVs and penthouse suites have full bars.

Our favourite rooms

We didn’t peg flimsy-leather-trousers wearer Lenny Kravitz as an interior-design whizz, but he’s gone head to head with no less than Philippe Starck and tastefully styled the hotel’s penthouse suites into travel-inspired, leather and gilt-trimmed hideaways with a bird’s eye view of the pool parties below – this is where the after-party will be. Starck’s signature wackiness is evident in the curvy mirror on the ceiling (eyebrows up), pink-tinted mirrors, appealingly disproportioned furnishings and trompe l’oeil, yet somehow it’s still oh-so elegant – pick the SLS Signature suite for powder-puff-hued and candy-cane-striped touches and oodles of space. And if you’re seeking R ’n’ R, choose a room facing inland.


Philippe Starck imagined the hotel’s two unheated pools as giant bath tubs, which explains the 10-foot, silver ‘rubber duckie’ sculpture perched cheerily on a decoratively tiled bank by the large pool in Hyde Beach club. Here, guests can lounge on tangerine-hued day-beds or cosy up in one of the private cabanas running along one palm-dotted side. Tempting canapés and drinks can be ferried over by easy on the eye staff, or you can be massaged as you sunbathe.

Packing tips

In your designer-label-emblazoned luggage stash swimwear to be seen in, and bring the stamina for marathon Instagram shoots and a few late nights.


The hotel’s public areas are wheelchair accessible and some rooms are suitable for guests with mobility issues.


Small dogs (under 15 pounds) can stay for US$150 a pet, each day. A waiver form must be signed at check-in. See more pet-friendly hotels in Miami.


When corks are a’popping and champagne’s a’spraying, this is not a place children can play in…

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The tables by the faux fireplace in Bazaar allow for sly room surveying. Nab one of the glossy white central tables at Katsuya, or sip your champagne poolside at Hyde Beach club.

Dress Code

Sashay around Hyde Beach’s pool deck in itsy-bitsy acid-bright bikinis or board shorts. For Bazaar and Katsuya, a little of Madame de Pompadour’s frippery, a lot of Miami glam.

Hotel restaurant

In Bazaar restaurant, chef José Andrés plunders his Spanish heritage to compile a menu celebrating Latin cuisine from past and present, comprised of tapas plates and authentic ham and cheese platters. The Miami Meets the World menu is a little more adventurous, with steamed buns, dragon-fruit ceviche and coffee-rubbed churrasco. Katsuya – dramatically dressed in scarlet and white by Starck – serves up miso-glazed, ponzu-slathered dishes, wagyu steaks and sushi and sashimi. Take breakfast or lunch at the Terrace, a European-style café showcasing Andrés’ innovative flair: we like the signature dish, the olive-oil pancakes. 

Hotel bar

Run by a bevy of beautiful bar staff, lavish Hyde Beach club draws a sun-kissed crowd for poolside partying, dancing on the sand, DJ sets and cool cocktails. If your wallet’s stashed with scads of money opt for a champagne spray package (from $1,000 for four bottles) to kick off the debauchery in explosive style. Revellers are welcome seven days a week till late; when guests aren’t dancing to turntable-spun beats, games, brunches and pop-up tasting events are held in the expansive space. Bar Centro is a little more demure, but no less exciting – chef José Andrés’ cocktail list contains salt-air-infused and liquid-nitrogen-chilled libations, and a reinvented G ’n’ T.

Last orders

The Bazaar is open from 6pm–11pm, Katsuya from 7pm–11pm (both open till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). Hyde Beach opens from 11am by day, its night-owl hours are 10pm–2am. Bar Centro runs dry at 1.30am. Breakfast on the Terrace from 6.30am–12 noon.

Room service

Eggs and avocado, salmon on toasted pan de cristal and an overflowing pastry basket for breakfast; chicken croquetas, chimichurri churrasco and key lime pie for dinner: José Andrés’ room service menu may keep you bed bound.


Photos SLS South Beach location
SLS South Beach
1701 Collins Ave, FL 33139
Miami Beach
United States


Miami International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Delta and JetBlue fly direct from New York; British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly from Heathrow. Flights across the Pacific stopover in Dallas, New York or LA. Alternatively, fly into international hub Fort Lauderdale, a 45-minute drive away. The hotel’s concierge will be happy to arrange transfers (prices vary).


Miami’s roads are a little congested but as with most states, driving is the done thing. If you’re planning to explore far and wide during your stay there are car-hire booths at both airports; however, if you want something shiny to cruise around town in, the hotel has a fleet of BMWs for guests to borrow, as long as they stay within a two-to-three-mile radius.

Worth getting out of bed for

South Beach is Miami Beach’s sandbox strip where the rich, beautiful, and those who suit a Speedo, come to play. Like the candy-hued art deco buildings on Ocean Drive, a five-minute walk away, the beach is colourful and lit in neon hues after sundown. By day, the stretch of sand by the hotel invites sunseekers to loll on an array of parasol-shaded loungers, or play beach volleyball; by night, champagne- and cocktail-fuelled shenanigans kick off in Hyde Beach club. Stroll south to Lummus Park for shore time in the Deco District; wave riders can book surf lessons or hire a board at SoBe Surf. Find frangipani-scented serenity in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden a 10-minute walk away – yoga sessions on Saturdays, meditation classes every Tuesday. Flamingo Park, a 20-minute walk away has a pool and tennis courts. Niche-brand seekers or designer devotees should rustle the racks in Lincoln Road Mall, host to Stella McCartney, Armani and other style-connoting names, or slip your sturdiest credit card into your most iconic bag for a spree at Bal Harbour Shops. The city doesn’t coast along on beaches alone: concerts at New World Symphony on Lincoln Road, historic throwbacks at the Art Deco Museum on Ocean Drive and twinkling toes at Miami City Ballet make it quite the sophisticate. There are also more art museums than you can twirl a paintbrush at; the ArtCenter South Florida, Bass Museum of Art and the Pérez Art Museum Miami paint the town all manner of hues; and you’re just a 10-minute walk from schmoozing at Art Basel in December or trying to spot the teeniest bikini at SwimShow from 16 to 19 July each year, both at the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

Local restaurants

Miami’s diverse denizens have all brought something to the city’s potluck cuisine; European, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean settlers (among others) have pinched and perfected dining here over centuries. Don’t be fooled by lithe beach bodies – portion sizes are ginormous. Catalonian eatery NIU Kitchen  is a favourite of hotel chef José Andrés, who dined there with the legendary Ferran Adrià former head honcho at El Bulli. Miami Beach institution Joe’s Stone Crab, serves the eponymous crustacean with lashings of secret sauce; queues are lengthy, so if you want down-home comfort food without the wait, try Whisk Gourmet on 56th Avenue for buttermilk biscuits, sliders and shrimp and grits. We prefer our food slow or artisanal, but El Palacio de los Jugos on 27th Avenue is the frontrunner for the city’s best chicharrón (fried pork belly), so we’ll make an exception; wash down with a chilled glass of guarapo (sugar-cane juice). Miamians are spoilt with a flock of Asian-fusion eateries, we like Komodo’s bird’s nest-style seating and the calorific (if you’re still counting) Filipino desserts at Talde Miami Beach.

Local cafés

Miamian breakfasts often involve fresh fruit juice and strong coffee with alfajores (a dulce de leche filled cake) and pão de queijo (cheese bread): Charlotte Bakery has the goods. Waffles topped with guava and cheese, and a huge range of filled arepas (cornmeal flatbreads) make lunch an intriguing prospect, too. Forget all you know about hot dogs – unassuming joint La Perrada de Edgar tops humble franks with fruit and whipped cream, shrimp and crab, and other curious delights; rumour has it, Anthony Bourdain made a pilgrimage here. Something sweet? Salty Donut and Mojo Donuts (76 Pines Boulevard) work some sweet Voodoo-esque magic in Miami. 

Local bars

Towards the southern tip of Miami Beach, at 1 Ocean Drive, Nikki Beach has torchlit tiki bars and white lounge chairs – it’s filled with potential cover stars for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or Men’s Health, so bring your swimwear A-game. Miami nightlife is a flamboyant firestorm on the senses, expect bottle service and a bit of burlesque: rap-lyric-immortalised Liv megaclub attracts big-spenders, Mango’s Tropical Café on South Beach has fab-u-lous floor shows and the Electric Pickle Company is spoken of reverently in DJ circles. The city’s deeply rooted LGBT scene ensures plenty of friendly – sometimes scandalous – venues; Score Nightclub on Washington Avenue has hosted Lady Gaga, muscle dancers and drag acts.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Philippe Starck-designed stay on South Beach and unpacked their flip-flops – and outrun their hangovers – a full account of their poolside partying will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a palm-tree-dotted postcard from SLS South Beach in Miami…

The symbiosis of fantastical hotels and Philippe Starck is such that on hearing the French avant gardist designed SLS South Beach’s pool as his own bath tub – complete with a giant silver rubber duckie – even Siberian hermits would sagely nod and say ‘yep, classic Phil!’ before resuming sheep-herding. Miami – that hazy psychedelic dream of Americana – is a fitting big top for Starck’s head trips; he’s viewed SLS South Beach’s rooms as if through the bottom of a half-full champagne flute – the marshmallow-hued decor is both fun and fizzy, yet crisp and elegant. Starck shares top billing with small-plates pioneer José Andrés, sushi master Katsuya Uechi and, um, rock star and erstwhile suite decorator Lenny Kravitz – a boutique boy band with celeb pull and culinary pizzazz. Housed in an art-deco shell, the hotel encapsulates Miami cool: a seamless succession of pool parties, state-of-the-art cocktails, Instagrammable environs and a sunny South Beach disposition. And yes, its location is as serendipitous as Starck agreeing to design duty. As Miami laureate Will Smith states, ‘you gotta have cheese for the summerhouse piece on South Beach’ but, before committing to that, maybe taste the Magic City life at SLS South Beach first.

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