We arrived at out hotel around 11:00. It was like entering a night club 5 large men opened a red velvet rope to let us in to our hotel lobby along with a small group of woman all about 6 feet tall with the 4 inch heels and legs, did I say legs of ZZ top fame! The registration was straight ahead with the “living room” lounge to our right and the restaurant Chow to our left the space in-between was a cross between a bar, living room and night club with a cool Cuban techno beat reverberating throughout and what looked like an Amazon women’s convention or the 4/5 inch heel convention either way they had great “uniforms” (sorry no pictures, Alice was with me – but more on this later). I think I am going to like this place.
Once I picked my chin up off the floor and recovered from Alice’s jabs we checked in to an ultra-modern room overlooking the beach and headed to Lincoln Road said to be the true heart and soul of South Beach for some food, drinks and people watching before a spin down Ocean Drive to play tourist and get our first look at the “Miami Vice” neon and retro-deco that is the Cover of South Beach story or blog in my case.