INTRODUCING LIFE HOUSE’S LATEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN THE CHARMING SOUTH OF FIFTH NEIGHBORHOOD.
The property’s on-site restaurant Pretty Swell offers a colorful cocktail menu PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFE HOUSE HOTELS
Nestled in the South of Fifth neighborhood just steps from the ocean, the newest addition to the Life House hotel portfolio is a transformed 1930s landmark Tudor cottage perched in a tropical enclave on the southernmost tip of South Beach. The 27-room property draws inspiration from its historical features like rich terrazzo flooring, salvaged stained glass and live-edge wood in a crisp palette of amber and jade, with vintage local finds flecked throughout the premises. The room categories span from cozy queens to family suites, and even luxurious bunk chambers for larger groups traveling together.
Elevated queen suite PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFE HOUSE HOTELS
The guest journey starts in the garden lounge, which is decorated with custom, wood-framed sofas, fringed umbrellas and wicker garden seats surrounded by native flora and tropical plants. The design narrative continues in the indoor living room, where an eclectic array of coastal treasures such as a reclaimed-wood surfboard, cane and wicker pendants, and a live-edge wood table are anchored by a fireplace where guests are invited to relax to the tunes of the vinyl player. The bar counter takes inspiration from beach waves, reflected in the curved cement base rendered against the stained-glass back bar shelving, and walls with timber paneling—typical of the Tudor-style architecture of the house.
The hotel’s indoor living room encourages guests to come mingle. PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFE HOUSE HOTELS
The on-property restaurant, Pretty Swell, encourages locals and travelers alike to gather from sunrise to sunset for healthy bites and craft cocktails. The menu offers a refined yet approachable all-day selection inspired by the culinary cultures of the surfing regions of the world from Baja to Bali, and Hawaii to Australia, with veggie-forward options. The cocktail program is a dynamic nod to the ’70s with charred herbal cocktails, fresh-pressed juice libations and a sustainable wine program.
Pretty Swell’s menu emphasizes locally sourced, fresh ingredients PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFE HOUSE HOTELS
Life House’s reverence for the ocean is also in evidence in a number of charitable efforts on-property, like monthly beach cleanups with local organizations like Send it 4 the Sea, donation-based paddle-outs and implementing sustainable practices to preserve the oceans with zero-waste endeavors. So sit back, relax and feel good about your staycation in paradise. 321 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, @lifehousehotels
Life House, South of Fifth lobby views. PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFE HOUSE HOTELS