Hotels inundate our city as the grand metropolis that we are expands and lures a continual flow of touristic traffic. Grand and small, these museums of luxury and lavish décor capture the locals as much as those that fly in from miles away. We were no exception to this phenomenon when we fell in absolute love with Casa Claridge, a boutique hotel nestled in Miami Beach.

Words do not serve this wonder justice as artwork, culture, and hospitality embody every corner of this historic landmark. Originally opened in the 1920’s, the building was known as El Paraiso Apartments and was designed by Martin L. Hampton. His travels to Spain influenced the make-up of this space and revived a Mediterranean flare. The hotel is presently owned by the palace-like masterpiece, Faena. Stayed tuned for this gem.

The modern day art at Casa Claridge qualifies this hotel to be a gallery in my opinion. We rushed over after seeing the hand-cut non-woven fabric from Argentinian artist, Manuel Ameztoy blasted all over social media. Straight out of a scene from The Grand Budapest hotel, this room is what dreams are made of literally. Even the near-by elevator has an intergalactic invasion and resembles that of a cosmic time capsule.

If you are not convinced of this destination at this point, our recommendation is that you make a visit for yourself…it was suggested to be a “paraiso” and it truly is. In the spirit of our Thrifter life, we jump at every shot when it comes to exploring and hunting down these aesthetically-filled ambiances. Until next time!


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