El Paseo is made up of a set of seven villas that help create the major Spanish architectural influence along Española Way. Being only steps away from Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, the two most famous streets on South Beach, the hotel is a pleasant and relaxing retreat on what is Miami Beach’s most historic street on the beach. The architectural and design influences found throughout the hotel are from Morocco, Italy, and France. The tiled roofs, rounded archways, pink stucco exterior walls and charming balconies set an Old World romantic tone. This is hardly a surprise as the El Paseo was built as an artists’ colony in the 1920s, so the aesthetic has always been intended to inspire and influence the warm creative juices that tend to flow in such romantic settings. This special alcove offers travelers a culturally inspiring South Beach experience, while being perfectly positioned to experience all the other trappings of the destination. In the early 1920s, architect Robert Taylor envisioned a place for Miami where artists and lovers of the artistic would congregate, similar to Greenwich Village in New York or the artists’ quarter in Paris. He modeled the street after some of the safest, most walkable and delightful places in Spain and France. The pedestrian-only street became the first commercial space built on Miami Beach. A historic enclave of boutiques, intimate cafes, artists’ lofts and design studios, Española Way is a soulful two-block stretch of Mediterranean inspired magic in the heart of Miami Beach, and a leisurely stroll unveils all the intricate details of this lovely little street. El Paseo will become a new hotel option for those seeking a different look at Miami Beach’s South Beach.
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