MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida has long been known as a world-class tourist destination.

This year three hotels in our area have been given special recognition. They were added to “The Hot List” in Conde Nast Traveler’s May issue.

“We compile a list of every hotel opening. We whittle it down to the most promising and we visit every hotel incognito, anonymously and we check out everything. From the service quality, we sit in the bathtubs, look at room service, everything. Someone’s got to do it,” joked magazine’s senior editor Lisa Gill.

The St. Regis Hotel and Spa in Bal Harbour is known for its ultra-glamorous decor and high style service. The St. Regis sits at the center of the area known as the ‘Rodeo Drive of Miami Beach’.

“This hotel really epitomizes the white glove service without the stuffiness, you get all the attention to detail,” said Gill. “You don’t have to think for yourself.”

South of the St. Regis on Collins Avenue is the James Royal Palm. The 393 room revamped Art Deco hotel sports an ultra-laid back vibe, a 60s nostalgia feel and a pair of super cool restaurants.

“It’s a renovation of an existing Art Deco hotel and they’ve respected that, so you really get a feel of retro-ness,” said Gill.

And finally one of South Beach’s new happening spots is the SLS Hotel. The 140 room hotel has quirky decor, a funky pool, hot restaurants and of course beautiful people.

“It’s trendy and there is an intangible quality about a “Hot List” hotel. It’s also about the people who populate it. What’s nice about SLS Hotel is it’s a scene and it’s a fun scene,” said Gill.

More than 150 hotels are on this year’s “Hot List” with three in our own backyard.

“What’s nice about Miami is it’s always changing and this year is no exception,” said Gill.

The Conde Nast Traveler “Hot List” issue is out on stands now.


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