pestana / miami

whenever we go to miami, we are on the look out for the perfect place to stay – we don’t really want to splurge in a fancy hotel – we basically spend the days out and about shopping and dining. but we do like staying somewhere nice, well located, close to lincoln road and easy access to parking.

we have previously stayed at the townhouse, a small boutique hotel that we really liked, although the rooms were slightly on the small size. then we decided to try out an art deco hotel in ocean drive and stayed at the victor, but we found it too busy and noisy, and not worth the upgrade.

whilst i was looking for a place to stay on expedia, i found a newly opened hotel, that belongs to the portuguese hotel company pestana, and with a very friendly opening rate.

the hotel was exactly what we wanted, a small boutique hotel in a convenient location, nice and simple decor, close to parking, friendly staff – and brand new!

i specially loved the simple decor, all whites and brights, with beach themed black and white pictures in rooms and public areas.

the breakfast was simple, perfect to grab something on the go and served at the coffee shop by the pool – the capuccinos were delicious!

we will definitely try to stay here on our next visit to miami, i hope the property is well maintained and the prices don’t get too high.

ps – pestana south beach’s website, and other favourite places we have stayed and liked

la minervetta / italy

when we travel we always like to stay in al least one special place, after having worked for more than 10 years in luxury hospitality, i really enjoy analyzing how hotels go the extra mile to be the favorites – how does it make it a better experience.

la minervetta conquered me from the very first sight, when i stumbled upon it on tablet hotels (we like choosing the hotels for our trips through tablet, and you?). we tried to book it when planning our honeymoon, but it was fully booked for the whole stay – not strange since it’s a 12 room boutique hotel and september is high season…

but when i want something so bad, i think positive, i do all i can to get it…(ok, and i get on all waiting lists possible and bug them for possible cancelations every other day!) and a week before traveling the hotel was opening a new room – available to book!

the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but breakfast, served in the terrace, is as good as it can be. i could have breakfast, with the stunning views to the bay of napoli and mount vesuvios, all day long.

the decor is incredibly stylish, with the perfect mix and match of blue and red marine stripes, sicilian ceramics all over, and corals and conch in-between.

the location is perfect, perched above sorrento’s harbor, we adventured down the steps for dinner, and  walked back from the city centre after having gelato – but basically just wanted to hang out in the hotel.

ok, we only had one night to enjoy it, but it was well worth it and a good start of our vacation before heading across the bay to the crazy city of napoli.

hotel la minervetta sorrento’s website

and other places i stayed and liked.