A boutique hotel in Miami Beach that completely charms

Casa Claridge’s has top-floor rooms with porticoed terraces and a pocket-perfect bar

The Queen suite at Casa Claridge’s, Miami Beach
The Queen suite at Casa Claridge’s, Miami Beach

The hotelier-developer Alan Faena doesn’t tend to do things small – witness his now much chronicled Miami Beach district, which he named… after himself. But for all the fantastical flamboyance of Hotel Faena and its residence towers, I would pick Casa Claridge’s (www.faena.com/casa-claridges; from $345) – the modest 1920s Mediterranean-style apartment building-turned-boutique hotel on the “other” side of Collins Avenue that became part of the Faena District last year – every time. While it’s inevitably been given a bit of the Faena treatment (there’s quite a bit more scarlet in the decor than was once the case, for instance), the bones, and atmosphere, of this charmer have endured. My top-floor room had a tiny but sublime porticoed terrace; the double-height living room felt like my personal library, complete with lived-in sofas and stacks of appealing reading material; and the bar in the restaurant – tiny, wood-panelled, with just a handful of rattan stools – was pocket perfection.

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