Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
What We Love
- The hotel's hushed and exclusive North Miami address
- Authentic Neapolitan fare (there’s a truffle-tasting menu) at the hotel’s Le Sirenuse restaurant
- Air-conditioned cabanas on the neighboring beach
- The traditional marble hammam at the 15,000-square-foot spa—one of Miami’s best
What To Know
- Tire magnate Harvey Firestone founded the property during the Great Depression
- The hotel’s expansive U-shaped Champagne Bar was created from the original 1930 building
- Pritzker-prize winning architect Richard Meier designed the hotel’s two 12-story glass towers
- The property’s seaside “serenity lawns” are ideal for morning meditation
Yesteryear elegance is updated with digital conveniences at this rebooted Surfside hideaway, which once served as the hedonistic headquarters for Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, and Elizabeth Taylor (among other Prohibition-era revelers). No single space better mirrors that aesthetic double-play than the breezy interiors of a resurrected Cabana Suite, where remote-controlled blinds, an electronic “do-not-disturb” sign, and complimentary iPads co-exist with expansive wooden verandas and raffia-paneled closets. They’re intended to replicate the original 1930s accommodations, which took decorative cues from a whimsical combo of French castles and Maine summer cabins. This thoughtful overhaul was the vision of interior design whiz Joseph Dirand, whose resume includes boutiques for Parisian powerhouses like Balmain and Givenchy. There are also pretty hints of the Amalfi Coast, including a vine-clad entrance and the hotel’s classic Italian restaurant—think white-jacketed waiters and gargantuan ceiling fans—a satellite location for its Positano mother ship that occupies what used to be the Surf Club’s grand ballroom. The result is pure Instagrammable glitz, Art Deco filter included.
In the Area
The hotel is occupies 900 feet of coveted beachside real estate in Surfside, a square mile that’s fondly regarded as Miami’s most family-friendly pocket, practically equidistant from opulent Bal Harbor and the city’s working class ethnic enclaves. Sample authentic kosher fare at one of the neighborhood’s many delis (Surfside is home to a large orthodox Jewish community), or spend an afternoon wandering the quirky boutiques on Harding Avenue. Though you’ve most likely selected this part of Miami-Dade for its uncluttered beachfronts, save for a series of seaside-inspired art exhibits, including fiberglass turtles and reproductions of masterpieces from the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
How to Get There
This is a quite new property with historical flair of the Surf Club and new hotel and residence designed by Richard Meier. There are 2 large residence towers, south and north side of the relatively small hotel building, so the entrance is very low key and intimate. My oceanfront room features balcony opens to the expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean. Italian restaurant Le Sirenuse originates from Positano and is perfect for dinner, casual and formal.
Located a short drive from the bustle of downtown Miami Beach, the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club provides easy access to nightlife with luxury + privacy that makes this one of the most desired places to stay in all of Miami.
I have never been to Miami before but I hardly left the hotel within 10 days.
I guess that says it all.
It is that! great.
They manage to bring back an atmosphere that resembles the luxury, glamour and romance of the times when Dean Martin and Elizabeth Taylor celebrated there, without being old-fashioned in a negative sense.
Such a beautiful place that you do not want to leave...!
The whole interior and exterior setting shows an excellent taste of the people who have designed this place, breathtaking views are accompanied by wonderful romantic music of the fifties and sixties at daytime and a more modern selection will be played in the evenings.
An absolute wonderful staff, a fantastic service, an incredible cocktail and champagne bar as well as an absolute superb Italian restaurant, “Le Sirenuse”, complement an outstanding stay!
This hotel is lovely in every way a hotel can be. Beauty, Dining, Guest rooms, Staff. They have twoBeautiful pools and one is for adults only. I love that. Their Italian restaurant is beyond fabulous. As my stay was short, I didn’t have a chance to try the other one. I’m sure it is superb, as well. My roomHad walls of all glass and more than 180 degrees of view. It is a lovely white ‘30s style with Moroccan and Spanish touches. There are glorious tropical planting’s in the public spaces. I wholly recommend this hotel in every way. Also for shopping, it is walking distance from the beautiful Bal Harbor mall.
If you are looking for a posh, sophisticated hideaway in Miami, this IS IT. Tucked away in an historic building that used to house a private club, the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club is truly a special place. We were in town for the final few days of our 20th anniversary trip. We’d traveled to Miami from the Four Seasons property on Anguilla, so our standards were exceptionally high. They weren’t just met...they were far exceeded. From the room upgrade we graciously received, to the impeccable service property-wide...and of course, the incredible meal at La Sirenuse...(don’t forget drinks at the Champagne Bar pre-dinner!!) This is what special feels like. (How the restaurants on property haven’t garnered a Michelin star yet is beyond us. The food was DIVINE.). We will DEFINITELY be back to stay at this very special property.