Don’t even think of leaving your stilettos at home when you visit the Morgans Hotel Group – The Mondrian South Beach Miami.  And be prepared for some serious pool lounging time.  The white and black and the funky female images are still riveted in my mind.  Opened in 2008 in the chic Biscayne Bay neighborhood, Mondrian was envisioned by Marcel Wanders as “Sleeping Beauty’s castle.”

My room overlooked the pool area with lampshade-inspired cabanas, giant throw pillows and stunning women in maxi dresses.

Much fun was had in Sunset Lounge with its sleek shape and great cocktails.  A huge black spiral staircase anchors the space.  Beach Boy types in white shorts and military belts valeted my car, and Ocean Drive was a short walk away, though the room and lobby were so inviting it was difficult to leave the Mondrian.

All I can say – when I checked in on Foursquare and tweeted my whereabouts, the comments and responses certainly signaled that I had settled into very special (and well-known) accommodations.