Ask Imagine: Concierge Concerns

Dear Imagine Lifestyles,

I will be coming to South Beach soon for a business trip, and assume I will be left to my own devices often.  I am free to stay where I please and would really like a luxury accommodation with a concierge who is knowledgeable of Miami.  I feel that the last time I visited I missed out on much of what Miami has to offer.  Do you have any suggestions?
Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals

Mark, Sacramento, CA

Jersey Shore Meets Miami

The infamously tacky cast of “Jersey Shore” is being transplanted to chic Miami for season 2.  Yes, the self-proclaimed “Guidos/Guidettes” will be touting their self-centered, trashy idea of sophistication that so many have come to adore on our beach lines.  And will the world ever be watching!  The question iJersey Shore Miami Casts, will Miami accept the cast?

That is the thing about Reality TV, the more outrageous, the more people want, and then it must continue to become more shocking to please the audience.  And this theory is no different when it comes to the cast of Jersey Shore. 

Ask Imagine: Quiet Luxury Hotels South Beach?

Dear Imagine Lifestyles,

I will be coming to Miami and South Beach for a business trip soon, and I am interested in locating a luxury hotel in South Beach that is near all of the restaurants, bars and beaches, yet quiet and understated.  It is important that I have a quiet place to unwind and work during the week, without all of the noise and fuss that make South Beach so much fun.  Where do you suggest I stay?


Alan, New York

Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Chicago

The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago

It’s officially here.  Warm weather has arrived in Chicago after a few long, cold months of winter.  Arguably known as one of the greatest cities in the world, Chicagoans are ready to escape the rigors of winter and enjoy the city and all the amazing events and activities it has to offer.  And for the record, Imagine Lifestyles would never argue the fact that Chicago is definitely one of the greatest cities in the world.  As many people from all over the world embark on our wonderful city this summer, let’s take a look at the top five hotels to stay in while visiting.  Coming up with just five was no easy task, but the following hotels are simply the cream of the crop.

1.    The Drake
2.    The Peninsula
3.    The Palmer House
4.    The W
5.    Trump International Hotel

Ask Imagine: Is Miami too Hot to Visit in the Summer?

Dear Imagine Lifestyles,

I am a fan of your website and blog.  I have been following your stuff for almost a year, thanks for the information and entertainment.  There is one issue that I have not seen covered in your blog, and that is Miami during the summer. 

Imagine Lifestyles Luxury RentalsI have been told that it is too hot to take a trip to Miami in the summer, and was curious about your take on that advice.  It would seem that the hotter the better with the Ocean and luxury hotel pools to soak in.  I am overdue for a mini-vacation, and was contemplating a quick trip to Miami to rejuvenate.  Let me know your thoughts on the matter.

Peter, New York

Green Goes Luxury—Eco-Friendly Hotel Practices

Who says luxury hotels can’t be eco-friendly?  The growing trend of going green has infiltrated even the most luxe of hotels, making strides toward a decidedly green future and preservation of our planet.

Savvy travelers in growing numbers are supporting conservation by selecting which establishments they visit, and that also extends to luxury hotels around the world. 

Yes, sustainable hospitality practices are becoming increasingly prevalent among the luxury hotels of today.  Many luxury hotels are becoming LEED Certified, which stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”.

Coconut Grove Arts Festival This Weekend

Coconut Grove Arts Festival This Saturday, February 13th, will mark the 47th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival.  The event will take place in beautiful Coconut Grove, Florida, from February 13th-15th.   Hours for the festival are 10am-6pm all three days.

Ask Imagine: Setai South Beach vs W Hotel South Beach

Dear Imagine Lifestyles,

I am a regular reader of your luxury blog, and of course an exotic car buff.  I am writing to you because I am planning to surprise my wife and two young children with a trip to Miami. 
I have to come down on business anyway, so I thought it would be a nice surprise to yank them out of the New York snow for a week.  My question is, which luxury hotel is best for my situation?
I have stayed at the W Hotel South Beach before, but am wondering if you have any other suggestions for those traveling with small children?  Your help will be appreciated!

Thanks guys,
Charles, New York, NY

South Beach Luxury Hotels Reaching Capacity for Super Bowl 44

Luxury Hotels South BeachIf you are planning to head south for Super Bowl 44 next month, and intend to stay at one of South Beach’s luxury hotels, the prime picks are reaching capacity.  In fact, the new W Hotel South Beach is officially booked solid for Super Bowl week.  After calling around town this morning, here are some remaining options (subject to change, of course):

New Year’s 2010 Miami-Kid Cudi & John Legend to Perform at W Hotel South Beach

Looking for a luxurious and celeb-laced party to bring in 2010?  The W Hotel South Beach will be host to a performance by Kid Cudi with a musical interlude by John Legend.  This is where some of South BeacKid Cudi New Years Miami at W Hotel South Beachh’s savviest partygoers will be spending the New Year.