CHRIS BLACKWELL
 
Founder of Island Records.  Recording stars include Melissa Etheridge, Bob Marley, U-2, and many others.
  
Art Deco Hotels:  The destination locations for the South Beach - Miami area.
  
In 1991 Blackwell expanded his interests to create candy colored Art Deco hotels.  The small European style lobbies are frequently occupied by film crews assembling for fashion shoots while glamorous models routinely pose and strut in front of azure pink or pistachio colored buildings.  Add sun, sand, glorious ocean, palm trees, and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
  
Hotel #1:  Originally built in 1936, reborn in 1992, located on the world’s most fashionable beach.
  
Accommodations:
46 guest rooms, including 4 ocean-front suites - vibrant with island colors, sponge-painted walls, rich batik spreads, canopy beds and art deco furniture.  Suites are more subdued.   Room service.
  
Features:
Conference room for up to 45 people, business facilities and video library.
 
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Hotel #2:  Another Deco phenomenon right on the ocean.
  
Accommodations:
44 guest rooms, including 4 oceanfront suites.  Hand painted Deco furnishings, doors, and brightly colored details play on whitewashed walls - a tropical sensation in uninhibited Florida whimsy.  In contrast, suites are as white as beach sand from walls to ceilings - and from sofas to curtains against hardwood floors.  Room service.
  
Features:
Fashion photo production wardrobe rooms, audio-visual equipment rentals, business and concierge services.  Lobby cafe with delicious food and cocktails until 11 p.m.  Valet parking. 
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Hotel #3 Beautifully restored in the Art Deco style near a convention center in the historic district.  Near the beach.
  
Accommodations:
100 rooms and 1 suite in delightful soft tropical colors with rattan furniture.
  
Features:
The large sparkling pool and stone patios are enhanced by lush tropical gardens.  A trendy bar and fashionable cafe for casual dining. 
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Hotel #4:  A cosmopolitan, European styled hotel located in the heart of The American Riviera - a work of art with dramatic architectural lines, rich tropical colors and eclectic decor from around the globe. 
  
Accommodations:
32 suites, spacious studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with sumptuous baths.  Richly and individually decorated with exotic furnishings, fresh flowers and plants. 
  
Features:
Boutiques and a fashionable café; communications, courier and business services; international staff, concierge services and valet parking.
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Hotel #5:  The star of them all, with a strong following of musicians as well as other members of the fashion and entertainment industries.
  
“A combination of aquatic glamour and island funk.”
 - Metropolitan Home
  
Accommodations:
12 guest suites.  Each suite creates its own tropical world filled with original Jamaican, Haitian and Cuban art.  All have full kitchens and many amenities.  Room service.
  
Features:
World-renowned recording studio and meeting facilities.  Tropical roof deck accommodates 50 people.  Private dinners for up to 14 in the mezzanine.  Business facilities.  Bar and Cookshack - famous for spicy dishes. 
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