A Renovated Throwback Hotel in the Heart of Modern South Beach
South Beach hotels are commonly associated with the latest styles and fashions. The hotels draw the glitterati to flaunt their wares and compete for attention. Yet some hotels attempt to buck the trend, such as The Gale Hotel. This South Beach hotel offers an old-school environment in which to enjoy Miami Beach.
While most South Beach hotels emphasize contemporary art or outlandish parties, The Gale offers a low-lit lobby, wood bedecked walls, and black and white photographs of Frank Sinatra and Mickey Mantle. This purposeful understatement serves as an exclamation point in modern South Beach.
The Gale has two bar areas, the lobby and the basement. The lobby bar is hip without being hipster, attracting locals and pedestrians. More intimacy exists in the basement lounge, fashioned with 80’s records and board games, old stereo receivers, and low-lit ceilings.
A renovated Art Deco hotel, The Gale naturally exudes historical perspective. Its décor mixed with a Model-T Ford at the rear entrance, imply The Gale intends to remain fashionable as fashions change.
Yet history also constrains The Gale’s design. The rooms are small by modern expectations, and although offering ocean views, the rooftop pool is narrow and shallow, more for wading than swimming.
Just two blocks from the beach and Lincoln Road, The Gale is juxtaposed to its vibrant surroundings, offering a cozy respite from, yet preserving easy access to, the energy of South Beach
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