Both eccentric and extravagant, the one-of-a-kind Pelican Hotel in Miami's South Beach was built in 1948 by architect Henry Hoarser. In 1999 the boutique hotel was acquired by the founder of the Diesel clothing company. Together with Swedish designer Magnus Ehrland they envisioned the decor of the Pelican, with Ehrland spending seven months at garage sales, second hand merchandise dealers, flea markets and antique shops throughout Florida in order to collect all the furniture and objects they needed.
If you are a diehard fan of white-on-white, or fussy Art Deco revivalism, this is not your place. Instead, choose from nearly thirty individuall themed guestrooms like "Big Bamboo" and "Executive Fifties", the cowboy-hipster chic of "High Corral, OK Chaparral" or the Sixties London fantasy "Psychedelic(ate) Girl". Americana kitsch can be found in the "Stars & Stripes" or boudoir chic in the "Best Whorehouse". The list goes on with the ultra-feminine "Power Flower", the leather-and-stripes "Executive Zebra Suite" and "The Love, Peace and Leafforest" with soft green and wooded panoramic wall, a giant butterfly and a brightly colored armchair. Ornamental gold and stylized dancing chorus girls are the principal décor of the "Viva Las Vegas". Each room features recycled oak flooring and organic beds, comfy sitting areas, flat-screen cable TVs, coffee-makers, iPod docking stations and suggested soundtracks. Selected rooms have ocean views.
The suites on the top floor would make a perfect secondary residence for James Bond. As original as the other rooms, one of these terrace apartments has original Schultz chairs, a large aquarium incrusted in a copper wall and an incredible totally round bed in one of the bedrooms.
The casual and hip Pelican Cafe features Mediterranean cuisine, in addition to fresh breads, pastries, and pizza, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The remarkable relaxed bar is open early evenings.
The Pelican is located opposite the beach. Guests can schedule a massage, or burn a few calories in the fitness centre nearby.
• 29 rooms
• Hotel opened: 2000
• Interiors: Magnus Ehrland
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