The Eden Roc was alive with the sparkle of camera flashbulbs last night.
The Rally for Kids with Cancer brought out stars like Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), John Sally (b-ball player), Bai Ling (don’t really know what she’s famous for, she got stuck standing behind me at one point so that should tell you something…), Eva La Rue (CSI:Miami), Gilles Marini (Dancing with the Stars), Adam Gregory (90210), Jason Kennedy (E! News) and more.
The hotel was amazing! If you’ve never been to the Eden Roc it’s worth the trip!
In case you don’t know the story, the Eden Roc and Fontainebleu are historically linked as two of Miami’s most luxurious see-and-be-seen places. But they are also known for one of the hospitality industries most heated rivalries throughout the years.
Designed by the same architect, Morris Lapidus, the hotels were in competition from the very start. They both attracted Hollywood’s brightest stars of the day for their graceful architecture and enviable addresses…not to mention the sun drenched ocean views. Then the Fontainbleu famously erected a “spite” wall between the two uber close buildings on Miami Beach. The wall evidently served its purposed and blocked out the sun on the Eden Roc side. Needless to say, it was ugly.
Since then the Eden Roc has undergone extensive renovations and is just as gorgeous as it was back in the day…but with a more modern edge.
The atmosphere is expectedly Miami Beach chic. Modern art, sleek lines, exotic flower arrangements and lots of white pull you into the clean serenity of a shrine to the good life.
But regardless of all the updates, the Eden Roc has somehow still managed to hold onto its old-school glamour, recalling the days when women in one-piece swimsuits lounged by the pools and were considered sexy.
Here, vintage and contemporary have blended seamlessly, intertwining old and new, modern and antique. And, in my opinion, the Eden Roc is better for it.