There’s the Florida where lines are out the door for the early-bird dinner specials; the late-night news goes live around 5 p.m.; and the happy-hour beverage of choice is Ensure—gotta keep the Osteoporosis in check.
And yes, the average age of residents might be north of 40. But then there’s Miami and South Beach…
Miami and South Beach are hotbeds for vacationers looking to shred guitar licks behind their back, strings ablaze (credit to Jimi Hendrix), kick over a drum kit (credit to Keith Moon) after a thunderous solo, and be treated like a rock star within the confines of their hotel.
Hotels That Rock
When Jay Z crashes at The Setai, he probably crawls into bed with a good book (The Fault in Our Stars), brews some Rooibos tea and cashes in on some R&R. In reality this alternate dimension doesn’t exist, where rap moguls aspire to be in retirement communities. Back here on planet Earth, the “H to the Izzo” man recorded a few tracks at the Setai’s Lenny Kravitz-designed penthouse recording studio. The hotel’s facade splits its design between South Beach’s unique boutique architecture of yesteryear and also pays homage to the international Art Deco movement, as designed by lead designer, Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston International. And as a guest, you can even ask about chartering the hotel’s private yacht and plane.
- Perfect for: David Bowie
- Rock star lifestyle: Restful anonymity
W South Beach
With your suite only steps away from the Atlantic, the W South Beach offers the kind of butler service many rock stars are accustomed to. We’ll give Alfred the night off because the W’s WHATEVER/WHENEVER service strives to accommodate your every need, around the clock, at a moment’s notice. Just buzz downstairs on your room’s phone and they’ll indulge your requests and bring down the stars, if need be. Want a romantic catamaran ride to a private island? Get buzzin’. Want courtside tickets to a Heat’s game next to Pat Riley? Buzz Buzz. Want your bathtub filled with chocolate snack packs? Maybe put some more thought into it and then buzz.
- Perfect for: Adam Levine
- Rock star lifestyle: High maintenance rocker
There’s the pre-party, the after-party, and since we’re not going on stage anytime soon, let’s be honest, the party doesn’t need to stop. At this landmark South Beach destination, you can book one of the Rockstar Suites and have access to your very own Rockstar Host to show you around the premises. Once you’ve put on your eyeliner, for the gents trying to pull off David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust or even for the ladies going for a Lady Gaga look, grace your fans with your presence on two rooftop party decks and a stellar patio bar with live entertainment–okay, maybe you’ll have to sing a song or two. But while this resort is perfect for the sleep-deprived party animal, you do have to be above the age of 21 to stay at this party palace.
- Perfect for: Kesha
- Rock star lifestyle: Party animal
Balance is key for a rock-star in training during your stay at the Delano: you’ll need a healthy diet, a mind-blowing party, and a wellness detox cleanse, to start. From the modernist approach to the Delano’s suites, you’ll marvel in designer Philippe Starck’s approach in imbibing a chic superstar vibe. As simple as the Delano is in its design, there’s no sacrifice in rock star amenities. The FDR subterranean lounge, classes up the party with old world elegance mashed with beats from internationally renowned DJs that would make the 32nd president proud of his namesake. Then make sure to rehab your body at the rooftop wellness center, Club Essentia, and let those cucumber slices lay heavy on your eyelids during your facial. And for rock stars strictly following gluten-free, paleo, or juicing diets, you have your choice of an Italian farm-to-table restaurant, Bianca, or to roll deep in some nori at Umi Sushi and Sake Bar.
- Perfect for: Prince
- Rock star lifestyle: The laid-back lounger
The Marlin Hotel
The swanky Marlin Hotel is home to a recording studio that opened its doors, rolled out the red carpet, and saw the likes of Mick Jagger and U2 mixing tracks. At check-in, the hotel loans an iPad to each room so that a rock star, such as yourself, is in complete control of the most important stage during your vacation: the bedroom. Rock stars prone to sleepwalking can take comfort in knowing that while staying in one of their 15 rooms, finding the recording studio in a drowsy stupor is no great shakes, as the renowned South Beach Studios is within the hotel.
- Perfect for: Pharrell
- Rock star lifestyle: Chill & spontaneous