Fontainbleau Hotel

Average rating: 3 stars
An art deco hotel dating to 1929, this budget oceanfront property is within easy walking distance of restaurants, shopping & more.

Address: 600 Ocean Drive

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Red South Beach Hotel

Average rating: 4 stars
Stylish boutique hotel with lush gardens, a nightly hosted wine hour & beach cruiser bikes.

Address: 660 Washington Ave.

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Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach

Penguin Hotel

Average rating: 3.5 stars

The Clevelander is an icon among Ocean Drive Hotels, South Beach bars, and entertainment venues in Miami Beach.

Address: 4835 Collins Avenue

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Average rating: 3 stars

​Built in 1948, this art deco hotel is ecorated with full-wall, nature-inspired art.

​Address: 1418 Ocean Drive

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Average rating: 4 stars
Airy rooms with colorful accents floors, some rooms with balconies & ocean views.

Address: 3101 Collins Avenue

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Going door to door in Washington D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood could yield some interesting (and famous) results.

During an appearance on “Ellen” last week, former First Lady Michelle Obama revealed some of the family’s adjustments to life after the White House — including the novel concept of a doorbell.


​“Now I have a door and a doorbell, and people actually trip out when I come to my door and I open it,” the former First Lady told Ellen DeGeneres.

After moving out of the White House, the family decided to stay in Washington, D.C. — at least until Sasha, who is currently a junior, finishes high school.


​“What I learned in those eight years is that home is where we make it,” Obama said on the show. “We were in the White House for eight years, but it wasn’t the house, it was us in it. It was our values and our love for each other. We just moved that to another house.”


​However not everyone is happy with the move. Despite there being nine bedrooms in the house, Barack Obama thinks he was cheated out of space, Michelle revealed. The former president complains about his lack of closet space and the fact that his office is the smallest room in the house.

This Is Why You'll Never See Kate Middleton Take Off Her Coat

Average rating: 4.5 stars

​Featuring bold, modern decor, it offers an ideal, exceptional location with bay view rooms.

​Address: 1100 West Avenue

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Average rating: 3 stars
This 49 room boutique hotel located in the heart of the Art Deco district and close to the fun.

Address: 660 Ocean Drive

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Average rating: 4 stars

This all-suite hotel overlooks white sand beach from its location on Millionaire's Row.

Address: 4835 Collins Avenue

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Kate Middleton is well known for her distinct, polished, and truly regal fashion sense. Though, it turns out, some of her looks may not be by choice.

While traveling through Norway and Sweden, Middleton has been showing off her signature chic and literally buttoned-up style in an array of coats, including the black belted trench coat she wore to play hockey in Sweden, and a red and white houndstooth number she wore on the same trip. In fact, you rarely saw her without a coat on because, according to Harper’s Bazaar, it’s against royal protocol for her to take it off in public.

“Here’s something you might not have noticed,” the magazine wrote in 2017. “When Kate turns up to an event wearing a coat (or a coat-dress, as she so often does), she won’t ever take it off while she's there. Even though she is most definitely wearing a chic dress underneath, taking off a coat is apparently an unladylike action and probably disrupts her outfit choice.”


​So there you have it, even if Kate becomes a sweaty mess she still won’t take her coat off because of an odd, old-fashioned rule. She’s certainly used to those fuddy-duddy guidelines, however, as she and the entire royal family have to abide by some pretty strange royal fashion decrees.

For example, Kate and the other women of the royal family will never be spotted wearing brightly-colored nail polish as it’s considered gauche. And you’ll never catch her or other royal women without nude pantyhose on at an event thrown by the Queen. According to Harper’s Bazaar, the Queen insists ladies always cover up, even with sheer pantyhose, before coming over.


​And perhaps most famously, Kate, the Queen, and now even Meghan Markle are almost always seen carrying a small handbag or clutch. This is less of a royal protocol and more for their own protection. This way, the royals aren’t seen as rude if they don’t shake someone’s hand (as they need to carry their purse instead). Furthermore, the Queen reportedly uses her bag as a signal to her staff.

“If the Queen places her handbag on the table at dinner, it signals that she wants the event to end in the next five minutes,” the Telegraph reported. “If she puts her bag on the floor, it shows she’s not enjoying the conversation and wants to be rescued by her lady-in-waiting.”

While it’s hard to feel bad for a princess, it is kind of annoying to think about having to put on nude tights, a buttoned-up coat, and carry a clutch just to leave the house. So next time you’re feeling a little jealous think about the fact that you can wear sweatpants and you won’t be breaking any protocol for doing it.

Beach Paradise Hotel

TSA Discovered a Record-breaking 3,324 Loaded Firearms in 2017

4.1-star hotel

​​Great hotel, great location and great/clean strip of the beach... city view, oceanfront, and poolside suites. 

Address: 1685 Collins Avenue

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Average rating: 3.5 stars

This trendy boutique hotel with red and white roomslies a block from the beach and 1.2 miles from the shops and cafes of Lincoln Road.  Address: 3010 Collins Ave.
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Congress Hotel

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Average rating: 3.5 stars

this vintage-modern boutique hotel was named for Britain's eccentric former prime minister) is a block from the beach.

​Address: 350 Ocean Drive
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Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach/Oceanfront

Average rating: 4.5 stars
This upscale boutique hotel dating to the '40s features elegant Georgian Revival architecture and walnut floors. Address: 1440 Ocean Dr.

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Clevelander South Beach

Hotel and Restaurant

Average rating: 4.5 stars

​​Vintage chic design, dining and private beach at their luxury South Beach boutique hotel and lifestyle resort.

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Average rating: 4 stars

This luxury resort provides some of the most spacious hotel suites on the beach.

Address: 4525 Collins Avenue

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Average rating: 4 stars
Plush, contemporary quarters, ranging from studios to penthouse suites and is steps away from dining and nightlife.

Address: 510 Ocean Drive

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Average rating: 3.5 stars

​Across the street from Lummus Park, this all-suite oceanfront hotel occupies 5 art deco buildings and massive suites.

Address: 1052 Ocean Drive

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The Princess Ann

Average rating: 3.5 stars

​This iconic art deco boutique hotel, with its signature 1955 Oldsmobile parked out front, is an Art Deco icon.

​Address: 700 Ocean Drive

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Room Mate Lord Balfour

Average rating: 2.5 stars
Set 1 block from the ocean, this modern boutique hotel in South Beach’s Art Deco District is a 5-min. drive from Lincoln Rd. Mall

Address: 920 Collins Avenue

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Average rating: 3.5 stars

​Stylish rooms & suites at an upscale art deco hotel with an outdoor pool, cabanas & a private beach.

​Address: 1741 Collins Avenue

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Blame increased demand and soaring agave prices.


Increased demand and soaring agave prices have put Mexican tequila producers in a bind, leading to a potential shortage.

The price of agave rose six-fold in the past two years, affecting even large-scale producers in Mexico, Reuters reported.

“At more than 20 pesos per kilo, it’s impossible to compete with other spirits like vodka and whisky,” Salvador Rosales, manager of smaller producer Tequila Cascahuin, told Reuters. 

“If we continue like this a lot of companies will disappear,” he said.


Tequila has emerged as a globally popular drink in the past decade, effectively building a reputation that appeals both to luxury consumers and hard partying college students.


​Brands at the top end of the price scale have seen dramatic revenue growth, with Don Julio's sales spiking by as much as 25 percent in recent years, Fortune reported in 2015.

“There’s a much greater recognition that tequila can be a sipper, not just a shooter or dropped in a margarita,” Bill Norris, the beverage director for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, which stocks dozens of premium tequilas, told Fortune. “People see it alongside single-malt Scotch.”

The U.S. in particular has become a large consumer of tequila, thanks in part to its close proximity to Mexico. The U.S. consumes some 80 percent of Mexico's tequila exports, The Atlantic reported.

With U.S. consumers standing to lose the most, residents might want to start stockpiling their favorite bottles now.

Average rating: 4 stars

​This chic art deco-style boutique hotel has a scenic rooftop pool and an on-site Latin-inspired restaurant. 

​Address: 1745 James Avenue

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Paris is widely regarded as the most romantic city in the world — and the twinkling Eiffel Tower is no small part of the allure.

Every night, 20,000 bulbs light up the Eiffel Tower, creating the famous evening skyline we all know so well. If you're looking for a romantic Valentine's Day gift, you can now buy a piece of what makes Paris sparkle.


​With their time as bright lights of the city over, 450 of these light bulbs have been taken down and crafted into keepsake ornaments called “Diamond Lights.” These authentic flash bulbs have all been removed from the Tower and then attached to a Venetian red, riveted steel base — almost like the iron Gustave Eiffel used to build the tower.










​Each light is unique, with different markings and imperfections in the glass, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

These rare pieces of Parisian history are priced at €540 including tax (about $669 USD without tax). Each ornament comes with a print of Caren Georges engraving “The Eiffel Tower ablaze during the 1889 Universal Expo.”

Average rating: 4 stars

Ultra cool and stylish, this boutique hotel and spa is a 10-minute drive to the beach.

Address: 40 Island Avenue

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Average rating: 4.5 stars

​The Loew's  offers luxury guestrooms and suites, resort-style pool, and flexible meeting space in the heart of S. Beach.

​Address: 1601 Collins Avenue

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Average rating: 4.5 stars

​Arguably the most luxurious hotel on Miami Beach, it oozes elegance at every corner.

Address: 4441 Collins Avenue

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Fairy tales inadvertently teach children that entering a stranger's home can lead to amazing discoveries. Goldilocks stumbled across talking bears that ate porridge and slept in beds. Jack the giant beanstalk killer found a goose with lucrative ovaries. And Hansel and Gretel learned that houses can be made of magical diabetes. Given the popularity of such stories, you might expect most kids to become thrill-seeking cat burglars in adulthood. Thankfully, the majority of grown-ups find less questionable ways to explore unfamiliar abodes. One of those ways is Airbnb.

Airbnb essentially lets you sleep in Baby Bear's bed without the fear of being turned into blood porridge. The service connects travelers looking for lodging with people looking to host them. If all goes well, the hosts get money and the travelers get a guilt-free Goldilocks experience. But unlike the fantastical stories from childhood, Airbnb stays don't include golden eggs or edible rooftops. Nevertheless, the surprises people find can seem just as grim and ridiculous as anything you've read in fairy tales.


Baboons are extremely cheeky monkeys. They have hamster-like cheek pouches, boast blush-colored rump cheeks, and are the very definition of rudeness. That's three kinds of cheek. Good things come in threes, right? That makes meeting a baboon a good thing. Therefore meeting seven baboons — which contain 21 units of monkey cheek — should be exponentially better. Yet when Tanzanian Neil Cave came across a septet of baboon intruders, he didn't experience exponential delight.

As Vice explained, in June 2017 Cave rented a residence in Cape Town, South Africa, for a family trip. At some point during their sojourn the Caves decided that their bnb needed some fresh Air, so they left a patio door open. As any talking bear will tell you, such incautiousness leaves your home vulnerable to food-filching children. But instead of getting burgled by a blonde girl, the non-bear Caves got robbed by baboons.

A total of seven baboons threw "an hour-long party." Neil Cave filmed three of them in his kitchen and posted the footage (above; contains strong language) online. The monkeys munched on bread, snacked on salad, and left a trail of trash. They also pooped. Police eventually dispersed the marauders, but by then the animals had done 850 South African rands ($66.20) worth of damage. Apparently, unsatisfied with their carnage, the baboons later returned. Their second visit proved more amusing, though. The mischievous monkeys reportedly drank bubble soap and began "burping bubbles" on the roof.


One advantage baboons have over humans is that baboons can basically poop wherever they want. Humans have it much harder. If you discard your colon cargo on someone's porch, you could end up behind bars, barring age-related or diplomatic immunity. You might also get barred by Airbnb. Per the company's website, ban-worthy offenses include certain types of property damage, violent crimes, and various felonies. The company even does background checks on applicants. Of course, that doesn't guarantee Airbnb will sniff out brazen defecations. In 2017 CBS revealed that the service sometimes fails to flag people who've done way worse.

French tourist Carole Escaliere learned firsthand how sketchy Airbnb users can be. While searching for work in Silicon Valley, she rented a house in nearby Daly City. Her host, Zameer Azam, assured her that she'd share the space with "one other woman." Obviously Azam needed a math tutor because that second female was really seven or more dudes. Some of those dudes watched and accosted Escaliere while she showered. One guy entered her bedroom with clearly ungentlemanly intentions. Unsurprisingly, she got the heck out of Dodge.

Escaliere didn't just dodge possibly predatory lodgers. After doing some digging, investigative journalists uncovered that host Zameer Azam, who lived in the rental's basement, had done 10 years in the slammer "for kidnapping and beating the mother of his child." Worse yet, despite Airbnb's claims to the contrary, "the most basic background check" would have exposed Azam's dark past.


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People around the world like to give the US a hard time - they like to make fun of their accents, they're bewildered by the many friendly smiles, and overactive air conditioners are a great source of concern (and cold).

But stereotypes aside, what are the real-life American quirks that shock foreigners?

We looked at a recent Reddit thread that had non-Americans share the strangest things they learned about the US after visiting.


​American portion sizes are bewildering to foreigners


TheMediumPanada said that “The size of food servings in restaurants is 50-100% bigger than in Europe.”

Phalty was awed by “the raptor sized turkey legs sold at amusement parks.”


​They're surprised by the number of drive-thru establishments

Outofplaceandstrange was surprised by the number of drive-thru establishments the US features. Others agreed, citing drive-thru liquor stores, and even drive-thru Daiquiri stands in Louisiana.

In general, foreigners find it weird how Americans seem to drive absolutely everywhere, resulting in parking lots the size of small villages.

They don't understand why there are so many ads for lawyers

Hn-t mentioned how ubiquitous ads for lawyers are stateside. According to the Redditor, "Most of the time you couldn't go anywhere without seeing any ads for lawyers." 

They're terrified by the many ads for prescription drugs

Many others added pharmaceutical ads to the list. According to crunchymush, “Sitting in our hotel room in Vegas and listening to the horrendous lists of possible side-effects for drugs made me wonder how anyone can bring themselves to take them. Lunesta is terrifying. I don't remember the specific ‘possible side-effects,’ but I just recall the fact that ‘death’ wasn't the most troubling one.”


Apparently, there are a lot of squirrels in the states

Crazy_pants_wolf was shocked by the amount of squirrels. Others agreed, and added that American squirrels are also “terrifyingly bold.”

The amount of space in the US is also shocking to people

Musland writes “I know the US is a huge area, but the size of the roads and parking lots just seemed really strange [to] a central European.”

Various Redditors agree, pointing to the amount of space between homes. British user BloatedBaryonyx said “I see American houses on TV and am amazed by how they have all these massive detached houses. I thought the people living there were rich or something, but I eventually picked up enough context to know that this was a standard suburban house.”

Visitors are awed by the country’s sheer size

“It took me a while before I realized that a person cannot drive from New York City to the Grand Canyon in one day,” wrote Toykolunchboxes. 


They also think cars are really big

Crunchymush recounts renting a Ford Taurus, "which by Australian standards would be a ‘family sedan,’ but I felt like I was driving a go-kart. Everywhere I looked there were massive pick-ups with dual rear-axles. I'd look out my side windows half the time and all I could see was hub caps."

Americans seem to be much friendlier than other nationalities — and it freaks people out

"Americans are extremely friendly, almost to an uncomfortable degree for some," TheMediumPanda said. "My parents got slightly lost and had to ask for directions, after five minutes, 20 people with huge smiles were surrounding them, trying their utmost to help. Several offering rides back to their hotel."

TheRider1 describes Americans as having a "lack of inhibition with strangers," while others highlighted how often Americans "smiled at strangers."

In general, foreigners seem perplexed at how open and comfortable Americans are with complete strangers.


The gap between toilet stalls’ doors is disconcerting to visitors

Bedsheetsforsale is American, but only realized how exposed American toilet stalls leaves users when traveling to Europe. "I remember being in England, and seriously every bathroom stall was sectioned off with a full door and everything. Seriously, the gaps in between American stalls are horrible and I always think someone is watching me."

Foreigners don't understand taxes, and why the price listed on an item isn't the price expected at the cash register

Foreigners complain about how the price tag on an item changes once you get to the cash register. Ahphoque says “Price tag says $5, you take a $5 bill out of your wallet, then bam, you're asked to pay $5.86 or whatever.”

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In addition to firearms, TSA agents uncovered a number of hand grenades, a lipstick knife, and a sword cane.


​The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a record-breaking number of firearms inside carry-on luggage in 2017: 3,957.

About 84 percent — or 3,324 of those weapons — were loaded, according to the TSA's annual report.

The number of firearms was up from 2016's record of 2,815 loaded firearms and 3,391 overall, accounting for a 16-percent increase year-over-year.

The increase since 2005, the first year included in TSA's 2017 report, is even starker. TSA agents have found that the number of firearms being discovered in carry-on luggage has been multiplied six times over, with just 660 firearms uncovered in 2005.


​During that same period, gun ownership in the U.S. has dramatically decreased, according to a variety of polls conducted by Gallup, the General Social Survey, and others. One CBS poll in 2016 reported that gun ownership was at a 40-year low.

While fewer people are buying guns, people who do buy them are buying more than they ever have, according to statistical data. The average gun owner in the U.S. now possesses eight firearms, with half of the guns in the U.S. belonging to just three percent of the population, according to a recent Harvard and Northeastern University study obtained by the Guardian.

TSA's screening technology has seen major advances in the years following 9/11, and the higher rate of firearm discovery might be tied more closely to better screening systems than to a jump in the number of people attempting to bring firearms through airport security.


​Passengers are allowed to travel domestically with their firearm on most flights as long as they pack it, unloaded, in their checked luggage and not their carry-on. The TSA requires passengers to declare any firearms in their luggage when checking bags.

The top airport for firearm discoveries in the U.S. was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with 245 firearms. Dallas/Fort Worth International landed in second place.

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From boutique to budget, mom-'n-pop to luxury, you'll find everything under the bright Florida sun on Miami Beach when it comes to hotels. Here are a few of our favorites, in no particular ranking or order... they're just places that we've frequented, rated, reviewed and recommend to anyone in search of high-quality lodging. RATINGS by hotels.com

The Colony Hotel

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Average rating: 3 stars

​It offers the rare combination of spacious accommodations, a prime location, and outstanding value. 

Address: 1330 Collins Avenue

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Marseilles Hotel

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Delano South Beach

Average rating: 3 stars

​Hip rooms with pine floors and art deco style furnishings, one of the most photographed hotels.

​Address: 736 Ocean Drive

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Avalon Hotel

Average rating: 3.5 stars

​Evoking 1930s' vintage style in Miami's famed Art Deco District, this is one of the best-kept secrets in South Beach.

​Address: 1650 James Avenue

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Mondrian South Beach

The craziest things ever found in an Airbnb

Average rating: 3.5 stars
This modern hotel features boutique rooms with balconies on the ocean & art decor.

Address: 3925 Collins Avenue

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Blame increased demand and soaring agave prices.


Increased demand and soaring agave prices have put Mexican tequila producers in a bind, leading to a potential shortage.

The price of agave rose six-fold in the past two years, affecting even large-scale producers in Mexico, Reuters reported.

“At more than 20 pesos per kilo, it’s impossible to compete with other spirits like vodka and whisky,” Salvador Rosales, manager of smaller producer Tequila Cascahuin, told Reuters. 

“If we continue like this a lot of companies will disappear,” he said.


Tequila has emerged as a globally popular drink in the past decade, effectively building a reputation that appeals both to luxury consumers and hard partying college students.


​Brands at the top end of the price scale have seen dramatic revenue growth, with Don Julio's sales spiking by as much as 25 percent in recent years, Fortune reported in 2015.

“There’s a much greater recognition that tequila can be a sipper, not just a shooter or dropped in a margarita,” Bill Norris, the beverage director for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, which stocks dozens of premium tequilas, told Fortune. “People see it alongside single-malt Scotch.”

The U.S. in particular has become a large consumer of tequila, thanks in part to its close proximity to Mexico. The U.S. consumes some 80 percent of Mexico's tequila exports, The Atlantic reported.

With U.S. consumers standing to lose the most, residents might want to start stockpiling their favorite bottles now.