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Miami — By themiamiguide on November 14, 2009 at 9:18 pm

The Sagamore: Living with Art on Miami Beach

Some cities are more obviously theme-land than others in their collection of hotels with inventive identities.¬† Miami may be less obvious and¬†more stylish about it than Las Vegas, but it exists here nonetheless.¬† On the other hand, when the identity is authentic about the property and its place in the city, then the experience of staying there can really become¬†inviting and memorable in the¬†best sense of all these words.¬†¬†The Sagamore does all this without being¬† self-conscious or over-the-top,¬†so when it dubs itself “the art hotel” it also¬†defines the dimension it wants to immerse you in for a while as you travel.

Sagamore Suite (courtesy - The Sagamore)

Sagamore Suite (courtesy - The Sagamore)

Sitting beside other properties more physically prominent along the 1600 block of Collins Avenue, the Sagamore is actually easy to drift past and so it seems sequestered even before you enter.¬† The lobby has more of the feel of entering an expansive living room, the public areas have a gallery like configuration to them and the outdoor areas have the intimacy of a private expanse facing the ocean even though this is where the¬†pool area and the video garden are located.¬† The video garden is a long string of banquettes with invidual huge flat-screens that carry¬† images of the hotel’s latest visiting art collection.¬†

The onsite¬†Sagamore Collection is a showcase of contemporary art, including oils, acrylics, water colors, photography and mixed media sculptures by nationally recognized and and emerging artists.¬† The aesthetic spirit emerges elsewhere even up in the guest quarters where you may encounter¬†some thoughts about art by Jackson Pollock on the wall outside your suite.¬† Not surprisingly, the Sagamore attracts a faithful following among¬†visitors to Miami¬†directly involved in the art world, especially for events like the city’s annual Art Basel.¬†¬†But beyond that, it appeals to the sophisticated traveler who feels at home in the timeless as well as the contemporary nature of art wherever they go.

¬†¬†The rooms:¬† the hotel has 93 suites in a variety of sizes and dimensions ranging from studio to¬†a penthouse suite, from 600 up to 2,000 square feet,¬†on its¬†six floors.¬† The style again reflects the hotel’s¬†art consciousness in the use of color, pattern, and the physical layout of the rooms.¬† All suites come with the following amenities:¬†42″ Plasma TV in living room/bedroom with LODGENET System; gourmet bath and beauty products; mini bar with in-room refreshments and snacks; dual-line telephone with data-port and high-speed wireless Internet access (T1 technology); Individually-controlled Central AC and Circulation Systems; whirlpool bathtub; porcelain tile floors, robes, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, plates and cutlery upon request.

The Sagamore - 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tel: (305) 5355088

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