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 March.

Currently, guests 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.

The Sagamore Hotel's L-shaped infinity pool might be fun for kids, but it attracts plenty of adult sun worshippers.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.

For more information, call (877) 242-6673, or visit www.sagamorehotel.com.

To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].

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