Of the many South Beach hotels, only the Raleigh truly continues to channel the bygone glamour of South Beach culture with its opulent and relaxed atmosphere. Conveniently located in the heart of the area, it's discreet enough for those seeking a low-key retreat but also makes a good home-base for party hopping and shopping. Next door is the almost equally hip Delano Hotel, and just a few blocks further lies Lincoln Road. One of the best features of the Raleigh, its pool makes a great setting for scenesters and celebs to lounge through the afternoon after some quality time spent hitting the waves at the beach, which is just a few feet beyond the hotel confines. Prepare for time by the water by stepping inside the hotel for a visit to the Raleigh Boutique, which offers a steadfast supply of swimsuits, sunglasses and beach toys, or take a break at the baroque pool deck with fare from Restaurant Michael Schwartz.