Shelborne Staycation

Shelborne South Beach
Shelborne South Beach Drawing Room Bar

I’ve always had a thing about the art deco logo of the Shelborne South Beach hotel: that elongated S with the slightest of curves, bracketing the rest of the word; the indulgently low crossbars of the letters H and the E; the early midcentury graphic typography. 

The 221-room tower has been going through changes in both design and ownership, but as the logo (and even its name) suggests, the property endures as one of those rehabbed time-capsule hotels that lord over the north end of South Beach (18th and Collins): not big and not small, stylish but not pretentious, with a perfect pool connecting the building to the beach. (At one end of the pool stands a waterfall that was once a diving tower, from the days when such things could be found at hotel pools.)

It was just a year ago when Menin Hospitality, a leading collection of upscale lodging, lifestyle restaurants and nightlife venues (Gale South Beach, Gale Fort Lauderdale, Mondrian South Beach, Pizza Bar), announced that the Shelborne South Beach had been sold to Westdale Properties and Cedar Capital. Menin Hospitality continues to manage and operate the property. “In an effort to grow and evolve with our loyal and discerning clientele, we embarked on a gorgeous interior refresh to match our top tier level of service,” says Jared Galbut, managing principal of Menin Hospitality. “The newly updated spaces seek to revive the Shelborne’s vintage-chic legacy of luxury, Ielegance and impeccable service.”

This is what he means by vintage-chic: To walk through the lobby lounge and past the cozy drawing room is to fill your eyes with deep rich colors, layers of texture, and sinuous curves—a round velvet banquette hugging a banded pillar here; a serpentine leather sofa there; a pair of bucket seats swathed in zebra prints over by the window. My earth-toned corner guest room held lots of delicate patterns, a king-sized bed with a wraparound headboard, and a bathroom featuring Kohler fixtures. The glassed-in shower, transparent from the rest of the room, didn’t make sense until I realized it boasted an ocean view. It almost kept me from wandering the vast wraparound terrace (yes, it was big enough to actually wander). 

Just 15 blocks away from home, that was my experience of the Menin magic: no fuss sophistication for the pandemic-weary.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.