MIAMI BEACH --
The Sagamore Hotel isnt as high-profile as some of the other
big-name hotels on Collins Avenue, Miami Beachs main drag. The
hotels chi-chi block is bookended by the Delano and the
Ritz-Carlton DiLido; up the street is the Shore Club.
But the Sagamore
is in the same class. Its boutique, one of three in the upmarket
Thompson Hotels chain; its intimate, with only 93 suites, and its
pricey: high-season rates start at $300.
Its big on chic,
in the sense of its ultrahip decor and its much-hyped lobby art
gallery. Its clientele is attractive and monied but without an
overwhelming look-at-me! factor. The vibe is low-key.
The hotel likely
will grow in stature with a new restaurant in the lobby (possibly
operated by the same company that handles the Delanos Blue Door)
and a top-of-the-line exercise room, both opening in
have to search elsewhere for a nightcap -- although thats not a
problem: The Sagamore is within walking distance or a short cab
ride of several nightclubs and bars.
Another big plus for the Sagamore is
the size of the rooms; at 400-square-feet-plus they easily outdo
other area accommodations.
The hotel boasts
all-suite rooms with a utility kitchen, living-dining room and
separate bedroom, all in white-on-neutral tones. Ocean-facing rooms
at the Sagamore have a balcony with room for a table and chairs.
The grandest suite offers a wraparound terrace.
Yet the Sagamore
wont do for everybody. Theres enough room for four in a suite, but
children seem out of place here. Though the pool would be a fun
place to splash and play, the sun worshippers at the L-shaped
infinity pool look like theyd be bothered by noisy kids.
This is not a
high-energy crowd. Guests can get an al-fresco massage in a terrace
above the pool (treatments start at $50) or order a midmorning
mimosa without leaving their beach chair. For others, their
fashionable faces obscured by giant sunglasses, a venture down the
path from hotel to pool, or through a latched gate to the beach,
might constitute a morning constitutional.
information, call (877) 242-6673, or visit www.sagamorehotel.com.
reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].