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"Puttin' on the Ritz"
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Lincoln Road at the Beach
Tele: (786) 276-4000

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas


Just the words Ritz-Carlton conjures up an image of refined elegance and Miami's Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is certainly no exception. Built in the fifties by famed MIMO (Miami Modern) architect Morris Lapidus, the hotel has undergone several subsequent renovations, but has always preserved Lapidus' whimsical flights of fancy. The hotel is simply stunning, with Lapidus' curved walls and mezzanines displaying the Ritz's spectacular art collection.

The hotel is a destination for the rich and famous from around the world and this includes many of Hollywood's hot young things. Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson had both been guests the week before we were at the hotel on May 22, 2007. The Ritz has also hosted (and hosts) stars like: Tobey Maguire; Tony Braxton; Vivica A. Fox; Jimmy Falon; Ty Pennington; Michael Jordan; and Daisy Fuentes.

The hotel excels with its personal services, ranging from the La Maison de Beaute Carita Spa (which features four Prada treatments) to a hot-looking tanning butler who patrols the sun bathing area with his supply of sunblock, ever ready prepared to doctor the Ritz's sun worshipper's hard-to-reach bits and pieces.

And there are the restaurants: the DiLido Beach Club "the only oceanfront restaurant on South Beach"; the Americana (with both in and outside seating); the cool Lapidus Lounge; all the way to the stunning elegance of David Bouley's Evolution.

The Ritz-Carlton: the place to see and be seen on South Beach.

Lobby View with Lapidus' Wall of Lights
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Lobby View
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Lobby View
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Lapidus Lounge
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

La Maison de Beaute Carita Spa
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Lapidus China in the Gift Shop
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Ritz-Carlton, South Beach's Kid's Camp
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Jenni Greenspan
Ritz-Carlton, South Beach's Public Relations Manager
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

The following photos are courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach:

The Tanning Butler

An Ocean Front Suite




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