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David Barton Gym
Gansevoort Hotel
2323 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.534.1660
www.davidbartongym.com

Equinox
520 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.673.1172
www.equinoxfitness.com

Crunch
1259 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.674.8222
www.crunch.com

Gold's Gym
1400 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.538.GOLD
www.goldsgym.com

Proper Form
1935 West Avenue Suite 208
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.531.8818
www.properform.com

Crunch (formerly Gritiron, Ironworks Gym, SoBe Sports Club)
1676 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.531.4743
www.crunch.com


12th Street Beach
Ocean Drive at 12th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Look for the rainbow flags. This is the spot where you'll find all of those beautiful South Beach men that you've heard about. You can find the gay beach at 12th Street and Ocean Drive. It can be quite a scene, especially on weekends and holidays and even more so on those circuit party weekends.
If you want to find a quieter, more relaxing spot, you can just walk along the beach accross from Ocean Drive. There are plenty of secluded locations.

Haulover Nude Beach
10800 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33154

On Collins Avenue at 108th Street is Haulover Beach. Parking across the street costs $4 per day.
Remain clothed, walk to the beach by way of the road underpass. The restroom is too close to the road for disrobing, proceed to beach. Alcohol is allowed, but no glass containers. Full time lifeguards and police. Some visitors will be fully clothed, this beach is clothing-optional.


Joe Allen
1787 Purdy Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.531.7007
www.joeallenrestaurant.com
Located in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood of South Beach, Joe Allen is the standard by which every restaurant in town should be judged because they really know what they're doing there.
I have to say that everyone involved with its operation (and success – you try getting a table sans reservation) shares a commitment to excellence and values the same things, chief among them a constantly surprising menu and service that's second to none.
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Cha Cha Rooster
in the Lords South Beach hotel
1120 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.455.2231
www.chacharooster.com
The Lords has enlivened the old Nash Hotel with its 53 cheekily decorated rooms (yeah, that's La Liz Taylor watching you sleep, and, yep, that's a polar bear welcoming you). It has this very minimalist SoBe, yet oh-so-rich, beach-y vibe. And it has a comfortable – as my friend Charlie described it – restaurant that offers its own spin on "modern Miami eats," while paying homage to the location's history with an $11.20 (in honor of the hotel's address) Nash salad that tosses together goat cheese balls on a beautiful bed of watercress and mache and pea shoots dressed with a sherry and fig vinaigrette.
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Maya Tapas & Grill
809 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.538.0058
www.mayatapasandgrill.com
Featuring more than 30 Spanish-style tapas, the restaurant's Argentinean-influenced menu has something for everyone. Maya Tapas & Grill is located at 809 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, and open daily for daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 9 a.m. to midnight (1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
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Front Porch
1418 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.531.8300
This popular restaurant for locals is busy for breakfast and lunch. Always great service and food.

Palace Food Bar
1200 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.531.7234
Across from the gay beach at 12th Street and Ocean Drive. Polular for breakfast and dinner. Busy at the bar on weekends and most afternoons.

Miss Yip Chinese Cafe
1661 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.534.5488
www.MissYipChinesecafe.com
One of South Beach's best Chinese restaurants. This is also the home of Buck15 Lounge, it's located upstairs!

OLA at the Sanctuary Hotel
1745 James Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.695.9125
www.olamiami.com
Chef Douglas Rodriguez presents Latin American and Peruvian cuisine with his unique style, flavors and presentation. Enjoy an incredible dining experience in OLA's new location.

Tapas y Tintos
1022 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.538.8272
www.tapasytintos.com
Tapas & Tintos, is a friendly neighborhood joint where you can enjoy a nice selection of Spanish wines and tapas. If you're in a group, the tabla or platter of pate, cheese or cured meat is great for sharing. Simply put, this cool venue is ideal for chilling with friends, whether you want to nosh, drink, hear some live music or even learn to dance.

11th Street Diner
1065 washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.534.6373
An adorable, kitsch classic diner with counter service, booths and blue plate specials. You can't miss due to it's shiny silver extorior, a silver 1940's Art Deco dining car, set on the corner of 11th Street and Washington Avenue. It's great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late night snack after a night of dancing at Twist. (It's just next door). Open 24hrs and reasonable.

Balans
1022 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.534.9191
www.balans.co.uk
A locals favorite. Great food, friendly staff and reasonable prices.

Nexxt Cafe
700 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.532.6643
http://www.thenexxtcafe.com/
In the middle of Lincoln Road, tremendous portions, great people watching.

El Rancho Grande
1626 Pennsylvania Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.673.0480
www.elranchograndemexicanrestaurant.com
A business owned and operated by the Ortiz family since conception (1992), has been a long time favorite of South Beach locals. The *margaritas* are made with fresh lime juice.

The Forge
432 41st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140
305.538.8533
www.theforge.com
The Forge is an institution – and at 40 years old, it never has been better. The powers that be shut it down last year for a little nip/tuck – this is South Florida, after all – but now the king is back. And that's a good thing.
The Forge's impressive 65-item menu is nicely organized in eight sections of varying degrees of interest: Savory Snacks, Starts, Pastas, Grains & Risotto, Principal Meats, Principal Fish & Crustaceans, Salads, and Sides.
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Philippe
2305 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.674.0250
www.philippechow.com
From the entrées column you can choose Chilean sea bass, crispy beef, or between two kinds of chicken – Beijing or spicy velvet. I tried the Beijing chicken (pictured here), which reminded me of sweet and sour chicken, except it had a bit of a kick to it, and almonds (were the almonds? I don't much care for nuts) instead of pineapple around it. It was enjoyable.
Oh, the crispy beef dish was a runaway hit with my tablemate, and I know why: it was tas-tay!
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RACKS Italian Market and Bistro
3933 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
305.917.7225
www.grrestaurant.com
Tucked away on 163rd Street between Collins Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard, at the Intracoastal Mall, this addition to our restaurant belt serves Italian cuisine and sells the freshest, most authentic ingredients to cook your own at home.
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Area 31 at the EPIC Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way (16th floor)
Downtown Miami, FL 33131
305.424.5234
www.area31restaurant.com
Area 31 is, of course, primarily a seafood restaurant, although you also can find some pasta, chicken, pork, steak, and veal in its phenomenal menu, but they are the Kellys and Michelles to the Beyoncés that are the seafood choices.
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Zuma at the EPIC Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way (1stfloor)
Downtown Miami, FL 33131
305.577.0277
www.zumarestaurant.com
The first U.S. Zuma – which comes to Miami from London and has outposts in Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Dubai – sits in an ample, earthy, beautifully lit space filled with many a vantage point of the house's robata grill. You can smell what the chef is cookin', alright, and you can literally see and hear the air crackling with excitement. It's a good thing.
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Eos at the Viceroy Miami
485 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
305.503.0373
www.eosatviceroy.com
Eos is the name a new restaurant located on the 15th floor of the Viceroy at Icon Brickell in Downtown Miami, an undiscovered treasure trove of Mediterranean-inspired small plates that you simply must try.
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The River Oyster Bar
650 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
305.530.1915
www.therivermiami.com
Since opening in 2003 a stone's throw away from the Miami River, The River, as the restaurant's known, has been redefining the downtown dining experience with its fantastic food and its sophisticated setting. I tell ya, The River's mahogany bar is the downtown hot spot on any given night...
The menu's American progressive – and it is worth repeat visits. Oysters, of course, are the star of The River. Its selection of nearly 10 varieties features North America's bestest and the freshest, natch, as well as clams and Maine lobster. But you want to know about the oysters, right? There are Canadian Blue Points ($1.75 each), Northern California Kumamotos ($2.25), and Penn Coves from Washington ($1.75).
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Chalan on the Beach (Peruvian)
1580 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.532.8880
It's not the fanciest of joints or anything – the menu has pictures of the food on it and the tables are placed too-too close to one another – but it hits the spot when I get a mad craving for lomo saltado, a very traditional dish and the one and only that I had for the longest time, in my B.C. (before ceviche) time.
One of the things I like best about Chalan on the Beach? Its no-pretentions 'tude comes with prices that match it, which I likey a lot. I've taken friends to there and, trust, we've walked out with a full bellies and happy hearts for under $30.
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Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.673.2800
www.smithandwollenskysteakhouses.com
Located waterfront at South Pointe Park, this classic steakhouse is participating in Miami Spice 2009 for lunch (Monday-Thursday, noon- 4 p.m.) and, of course, dinner (Monday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-close), which is what I recently tried.
For my main course, I just had to try to the filet mignon, which for an additional $24 you can have turned into a lovely surf-and-turf with a 1 1/4 Maine lobster. But that sort of defeats the budget-friendliness of Miami Spice, so it's up to you. If you do want to have something from the sea, though, try the miso marinated seared salmon, which I loved and can't wait to have again. L-O-V-E-D it, I tell ya.
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Grass
28 N.E. 40th Street
Miami Design District, FL 33180
3305.573.3355
www.grasslounge.com
There are more than 20 featured plates on the menu, which is cheekily divided in three sections: Sexy Nibbles, Cool Couples, and Main Attractions. I had 10 plates in one sitting. Don't judge me.
My absolute favorite Sexy Nibble has got to be the $9 Long, Slow, All Night Braised Beef, four little potato cups stuffed with braised beef, served on a bed of herbed Greek yogurt and oven-crisped leeks. There may only have been four of those delicious thingies on the plate, but I loved each and every one of them.
Well, the two that I had: All the plates at Grass are meant to be shared.
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The Grill on the Alley
19501 Biscayne Boulevard
Aventura, FL 33180
305.466.7195
www.thegrill.com/aventura.html
The Grill on the Alley brings to the Magic City a longstanding Beverly Hills tradition expertly modeled after the big-city grills of the 1930s and '40s.
The restaurant's menu is rich in protein (think prime steaks, chops, and seafood) and winning side dishes (mac and cheese – hello!) served in a setting so elegant it's hard to resist it... so never mind that the joint's – oh dear – in a mall.
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DeVito South Beach
150 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33140
305.531.0911
www.devitosouthbeach.com
I stopped by on a breezy night at the top of the summer, to help celebrate a friend's birthday – I didn't eat a whole lot, but I remember being quite taken with Nonna's meatball antipasto ($18), a saucy, yummy thing that comes with the richest homemade whipped riccota. It was a good thing.
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Café Prima Pasta
414 71st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140
305.867.0106
www.primapasta.com
One of their bestest appetizers is a carpaccio di manzo ($12.95) they're obvs proud of – and for good reason. I've had it twice on the house's recommendation. It's a simple dish of thin slices of filet mignon, virgin olive oil, lemon, and Parm, but it's by no means pedestrian. Less is more, remember...
Now, you should know – and prolly already do – that I'm not a big veggie guy, but whenever I've had Prima Pasta's eggplant Parm it's made a (temporary) convert out of me every time.
Ditto the veggie ravioli.
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Rare Steakhouse
468 41st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140
305.532.7273
www.raresteakhousemiami.com
Located in the heart of Miami Beach on historic Arthur Godfrey Road, Rare serves dishes created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. Everything, and I do mean everything – from each choice meat and to each seafood offering, and every veggie, bread, and pastry – is cooked or baked fresh daily.
For an appetizer, you gotta try the three mini-sliders, followed by the aged ribeye. If you want to be contrary, go right ahead and try the Floribian chicken topped with a mango salsa and served with plantain chips. It’s finger-lickin'...you know.
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Fogo de Chão
836 1st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.672.0011
www.fogodechao.com
This Brazilian churrascaria offers "espeto corrido," which in Portuguese means eat until you drop "continuous service," which in turn means that throughout your (long) meal, Fogo's gaucho chefs carve succulent cuts of meat at your table, from skewers on which they have just finished slow-roasting over an open fire, preserving the individual taste of each tender cut.
The service includes a whopping 15 cuts of meat, including lamb, pork, chicken, and beef ranging from filet mignon and "picanha" (the prime part of the sirloin).
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Urbanite Bistro
62 N.E. 14th Street
Miami, FL
305.374.0662
www.urbanitebistro.com
The menu showcases all natural meats, game, and indigenous fish. Libations – libations...I like that word, and not just for its meaning, mind you – include a selection of 25 domestic and European craft beers, more than 30 wines (available by the glass), and innovative cocktails.
I tried a sip of the Huckleberry Kiss (ingredients: prosecco, huckleberries, splash of Cointreau, and orange twist), and lemme tell ya, I'm definitely going back for a full drink.
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RA Sushi
5829 S.W. 73rd Street
Miami, FL 33143
305.341.0092
www.rasushi.com
A great new entrée is the (breaded) pork katsu with wasabi mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and Asian barbecue dipping sauce ($13.75). Heaven tastes like that, I'm sure.
Of course, you go to RA for the sushi, and the new "RA"llipop sushi roll hits all the right notes. I mean, it's a tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and spicy tuna mix, with lettuce, asparagus, and cucumber, wrapped in lobok (i.e., Asian radish), served skewered with a garlic ponzu sauce ($15). And it's a fun dish full of whimsy! (Really, just look at it pictured here.) What more could you want, right.
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Asia de Cuba
1100 West Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.514.1940
www.chinagrillmgt.com
We started with the crackling calamari salad with a lime miso dressing that is just the thing to have on a warm summer Sunday, I tell ya.
We followed that with the spicy beef and scallion dumplings on soy ginger sauce (you might want to use a fork to chase after those suckers – they smell so good, chopsticks will only frustrate you).
And we finished the first round with the spiced crispy pork belly. Or, I should say, I pretty much finished the first round with the spiced crispy pork belly, served with a pretty avocado salad, watermelon salad, and sweet chili sauce. I recently tried the pork belly at Michy's, so I really wanted to compare – and I have to give China Grill the win...because their portion was bigger.
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China Grill
404 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.534.2211
www.chinagrillmgt.com
For years, China Grill's Asian flavors and techniques have been on display on a menu that has never disappointed.
We started with the crackling calamari salad with a lime miso dressing that is just the thing to have on a warm summer Sunday, I tell ya.
We followed that with the spicy beef and scallion dumplings on soy ginger sauce (you might want to use a fork to chase after those suckers – they smell so good, chopsticks will only frustrate you).
And we finished the first round with the spiced crispy pork belly. Or, I should say, I pretty much finished the first round with the spiced crispy pork belly, served with a pretty avocado salad, watermelon salad, and sweet chili sauce. I recently tried the pork belly at Michy's, so I really wanted to compare – and I have to give China Grill the win...because their portion was bigger.
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Mercadito
3252 NE 1st Avenue
Mid-town Miami, FL
786.369.0423
www.mercaditorestaurants.com
I think what I liked the most about this place is how easygoing it is. It's the kinds of place you can go to with an old friend to reconnect, much like I did, have yourself a few laughs over tapas-sized plates and some nice margaritas (a refreshing one, like the Pepino, which may not buzz you but will make think you're at a spa – a little too mild for my me; or one with a nice kick, like the Little Market, which has a hint of sexy spice – more moi).
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STK
2377 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.604.6988
www.onelittlewest12.com/stkmiami
STK is a versatile restaurant...perfect for a first or 108th date, and beyond-perf to see and be seen, which is a must for a lot of people on South Beach. That is not to say it's a pretentious place, you know. It has...it has a touch of star quality, so make of that what you want – make it your own.
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Philippe
2305 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.674.0250
www.philippechow.com
Be sure to start with the satays, chicken and/or beef ($18, $19). The skewers come bathed in Philippe Chow's famous cream sauce (that sounded dirty), which is da bomb. Really, it’s oh-so-good it should be bottled and sold. Follow with chicken lettuce wraps, which are $18 and as tasty as anything that requires wrapping in lettuce can be (the phenomenal plum sauce helps a heckuva lot).
Like crispy seaweed ($7.50 for half an order)? Actually, did you know such a thing existed? Not me, and now I likey – so try it...you might like it, too.
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Red, The Steakhouse
119 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.534.3688
www.redthesteakhouse.com
For an entrée, I tried a bit of my dining partner's beyond-delicious prime filet with béarnaise-topped asparagus and whipped potatoes but had the Ashley Farms double chicken breast, also with the asparagus and the potatoes.
I'd asked my server if the chicken came on the bone, and he just said it didn't, and then did the funniest motion with his arms to show me that the chicken came with its wings. It was a cute bit, and, yes, you had to be there to get the full effect, but it set the service apart in a special way that doesn't happen everyday.
And the chicken was terrific. Col. Sanders ought to be jealous because the skin held so many flavors it was just not fair to the rest of the menu. I don't often ask for chicken because...well, because it's chicken. But I was pleasantly surprised by the seasoning and how it combined with the béarnaise.
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Blue Sea
Delano Hotel
1685 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.358.3416
www.delano-hotel.com
Start with their white miso soup, natch, which comes in a larger-than-usual bowl and has shimeji mushrooms – my new faves. Miso is one of my go-to soups for when I'm sick or feeling particular cold in Miami. I tried it during the cold snap we just had, so believe me when I tell you it did the trick but double-good.
I was rather fond and partial to the $14 hamachi usuzukuri, one of Blue Sea's new zen-sai (appetizers), which features a fantastic aged balsamic drizzle. I so want to try to imitate that at home. It's topped with melon and ginger ice, and it's super-refreshing, and super-loveable. Without a doubt, it's the kind of dish you can have for an app and an entrée.
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Ocean Prime
Aventura Mall
19501 Biscayne Boulebard #2029
Aventura, FL 33180
305.931.5400
www.ocean-prime.com
Some items, such as the generous ginger salmon with stir-fried snap peas and soy butter sauce ($29), combine (quite nicely, I do declare – because I can) French techniques and Asian aesthetics to deliver standout flavors.
And you can never go wrong with a 10 oz. filet ($37) broiled at 1,200 degrees – pair it with black truffle macaroni & cheese and you'll redefine decadence.
Ocean Prime's described by the powers that be as "sexy, sophisticated, and fun." It so is – the bar alone, with its theatrical (and delicious) $16 Berries & Bubbles, fits that description to a T.
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Lords South Beach
1120 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.674.7800
www.lordssouthbeach.com
Hotel Nash has changed owners, changed names, and changed "teams". Now as Lord South Beach, this boutique hotel is transforming into Miami Beach's new gay hotel.
Lords South Beach is more than a hotel; it's a quantum leap in gay travel. A home away from home, just a lot more fun, posh, friendly, sexy, easy, satisfying, and gratifying. Not to mention, located in the most dynamic beach destination. A hotel appropriately oriented for your special South Beach moments, you'll love the bohemian rooms, fun-spirited dining, ultra-hot spots – the comings, the goings, the night life, the good life.
There is a restaurant - Cha Cha Rooster, which serve dinner seven nights a week. The bar, Cha Cha Rooster Bar, is open seven days a week. And, the poolside Cha Cha Cabana Bar with pool access for after the beach cocktails and swimming is a great place to socialize.
The Lords is conveniently located in the heart of South Beach, one block from Palace Bar, one block from Twist, one block from the Miami Beach Gay Visitor's Center and two blocks from the 12th Street Gay Beach!

Delano South Beach Hotel
1685 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.672.2000
www.delano-hotel.com
Located in the heart of South Beach and directly on the ocean, Delano is the ultimate world-class urban resort and self-contained destination. It is a cool haven of relaxation in the middle of one of the world's most vibrant cities.

National Hotel
1677 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.532.2311
www.nationalhotel.com
Beautifully restored art deco hotel with two beautiful pools.

SoBeYou Bed & Breakfast Inn
1018 Jefferson Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.534.5247
www.sobeyou.us
A peaceful, private, intimate oasis with 10 luxurious, newly renovated poolside rooms.

European Guest House
721 Michigan Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.673.6665
www.europeanguesthouse.com

Clay Hotel and Hostel
1438 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.534.2988
www.clayhotel.com
Extremely inexpensive accomodations. Private or shared rooms and shareds baths. This is a hotel and a youth hostel.