Friday, December 18, 2009

The Alexander Miami Beach-the 'suite' life away from home

Travel: The Alexander All Suite Hotel

5225 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, Florida 33140



by Dwight Casimere

“The next time you come to Miami, you’ve got to stay at The Alexander.” That firm suggestion was made to me on more than one occasion from locals knowledgeable about the hospitality industry during my many visits to this magical city.

After a set of fortunate coincidences, I wound up staying there during a recent trip to write first-and about the city’s Miami Spice and 4 for 3 promotions by the Miami Visitors and Tourism Bureau during the months of August and September.

“First of all, The Alexander isn’t just another hotel,” Didi Cubillos-Lopez, Director of Sales at the Alexander Hotel, informed me. “The suites are actually condominiums that are individually owned.”

That accounts for the home-like atmosphere of each of The Alexander’s 121 beautifully appointed suites that range from junior suites of 920 square feet to two bedroom, two bath suites of 1,250 square feet. “No two units are alike, but they all share one common feature, they all have balconies and magnificent views of either the Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach or the Inter coastal Waterway, or both.”

That unique positioning along “Millionaire’s Row,” the exclusive stretch of about two and a half miles of sun, sand and surf that is the quintessential playground for the wealthy elite and celebrities. World famous landmarks such as the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc are just steps away. A short cab ride or a hearty morning bike ride takes you right to the action along Ocean Avenue and the Art Deco District of South Beach.

All of the suites at The Alexander have beautiful designer furniture, gallery quality artwork, full equipped kitchens and luxurious marble bathrooms, many including Jacuzzi tubs.

With Shula’s legendary steakhouse on the mezzanine level, two dipping pools on the hotel’s serene garden terrace and the brilliant expanse of white-sand beach and the crystalline turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean just steps away, there’s almost no reason to step beyond the confines of The Alexander.

Munching on a buttery-flakey house made croissant and tasty ‘banger’ sausages, Lopez continued to extol the virtues of ‘the suite life’ at The Alexander. “A homeowner’s association actually governs the property, so there’s an absolute priority placed on privacy and tranquility. It’s a great place for families, especially with the convenient kitchen and its also a great getaway for couples. We actually have a lot of locals who are regular customers who come here just for a romantic getaway to escape from the kids and nosy neighbors for a weekend.”

After a couple of days and nights at The Alexander and a sumptuous dinner at Shula’s (and a failed attempt at downing the legendary ‘Shula’s Cut’ 48 oz. T-Bone) it was difficult to pull up roots. A quick call to the front desk insured a prime suite location for a planned winter getaway. For more information, visit

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