The Catalina Hotel is the latest addition to the South Beach Group hotels in Miami, of which this, the Chelsea, the Mercury and the Whitelaw are the pick of the bunch. Located in front of the stylish Raleigh Hotel on Collins Avenue, the Catalina Hotel can be identified by its large windowed front that looks more like a sportscar showroom.
The lobby is a roomy, tranquil space with white curtains flowing down from the double-height ceiling towards a set of white leather mini sofas, crafted wooden stools and an egg-in-a-hole chair. It’s very Miami. Apart from the spotty red lampshades, the rooms could not be any whiter, and there is plenty of room for the in-house masseuse to pay guests a visit. Out back there is a 75-foot pool, while the lobby’s bar serves free drinks to hotel guests between 7 and 8pm.