That Hotel Life

the standard miami beach

The Standard Miami Beach

{The pool deck at The Standard Spa Miami Beach}

The standard Miami Beach lobby

{The lobby}

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{Outside bungalow #2}

the standard hotel

the standard

{The Lido Bar & Grill‘s stellar views}


As the daughter of hoteliers, I’m hotel life obsessed. You see, my parents have owned and operated the finest hotel in Victorian Cape May, NJ — the La Mer Beachfront Inn for over 46 years. When my pops bought the place in 1969, it was a 37-room diamond in the rough (Read: a real fixer upper) but with lots of love, blood, sweat and chutzpah, we’ve managed to make it one of the Jersey Shore‘s most luxurious inns. Honestly, to witness its caterpillar-to-butterfly metamorphosis has been one of my life’s greatest gifts because it proves hard works indeed pays off.

With this said, I’ve cleaned our hotel rooms (my Lord, you people can be messy while on vacation!). I’ve worked the front desk. I’ve plunged toilets. I’ve babysat guest’s children. I’ve re-stocked the soda and snack machines. I’ve even scooped doodoo out of the pool (um, GROSS). Growing up in a house behind the hotel afforded me an intimate perspective into the dynamics that go into a property. Suffice it to say that it’s a massive undertaking and only the fittest will survive because it’s a 24/7 business. Mom and dad would literally receive phone calls at all hours of the night and it could be downright exhausting for them.

So when I stay at hotels, I’m always fascinated by the little things: The vibe (people don’t get this — but it’s ALL ABOUT THE GOOD VIBE). The amount of trees on the property. The threadcount of the sheets (1,000-plus, please). The freebie bath goods. The quality of the food on the on-site restaurant. Duvet covers or icky/dated comforters? The pool scene. The lobby’s appearance. The fellow guests’ energies. Whether or not the employees are kind. 

In Miami, I’ve stayed and see them all in terms of hotels and I always recommend out of towners to stay at The Standard. The ambience is decidedly cool (Read: great vibes). The rooms are so cozy and stylish. The spa and its Turkish hamam are delightfully hedonistic (Meaning I once scampered around topless covered in mint-green mud). And the Lido Bar & Grill offers delicious bites with breathtaking views. I literally crave its fava bean salad (I know, totally random especially since I don’t even like beans but that’s life for you).

Anyhoo, I’m heading back to Cape May for the Fourth of July and will be sure to share my hometown with you. Until then, sit back and relax and soak up these relaxing pics of The Standard.

Photos by Emma Del Rey



  1. Lana
    June 22, 2015 / 10:45 am

    We are so proud of your parents.

  2. Cristina
    June 22, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    I love their spa too

  3. Vivian
    June 22, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    That first shot is AMAZING

  4. June 23, 2015 / 4:53 am

    You look like such a boss lady in that pic outside of bungalow #2!
    Love it!!

  5. June 23, 2015 / 9:58 am

    I am with Idalia on this, can we trade lives for a weekend, please!?!?!

    I occasionally jump on the beds and my husband thinks I am so silly, but I find it to be therapeutic, in the sense that it makes me feel like a kid for just a few minutes of my life!

    Can’t wait to see you soon!


  6. June 23, 2015 / 10:17 am

    love the standard. you’re right–all about the vibes! Lido on the dock (with great food) helps, too!

  7. Fofo
    June 23, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Maraki I can’t wait to see you and the tow little zouzounakia (bugs ) love mama

  8. June 25, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Your parents owned THE hotel in Cape May. Impressive. I haven’t been there for many years but loved it. I also grew up going to Atlantic City and a fave were the chocolate covered molasses taffy called paddles. Know them? Look forward to seeing your pics.

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