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 resort is an incredible property with fantastic services and wonderful staff. This is a great destination for a special occasion or getaway. The spa is phenomenal as well. One of the nicest resorts I have ever stayed at.
This hotel and staff will treat you like you are the only one there. The rooms are very exquisite and comfortable. The staff really made me feel like I was a rock star! I would stay in this hotel every time I visit Miami.
This review is for the restaurant WINSTON'S ON THE BEACH only. I was in the area and stopped by for a quick bite. Great location off the steps of the main patio leading up to the hotel from the beach in a beautiful, relaxed, and casual setting. I had the falafel sandwich and it was delicious. Very friendly and attentive staff. Reasonably priced.
I am so with review Alan Cantrell when he says you have to be here to realize how special this hotel is.
My husband and i came for a three night stay on our way to a business trip to Puerto Rico. It is magic. When you walk in, reception is toward the back, facing the water and you wonder what you're arriving into. Very sterile, stark, modern, clean. But it's like a wonderland opens up. They greeted us warmly, acknowledged our anniversary, and diet restrictions and asked if there was anything else we needed. Check in was fabulous and we felt welcomed. As members of Virtuoso our travel agent arranged an upgrade and breakfast is included as well as a few other amenities and they acknowledged that too.
Our room was wonderful. The hotel is pricey and we opted for a city view instead of beach. But what's so wonderful is that you're overlooking the channel and so even the city view has a water view. GORGEOUS. Rooms are spacious, ample, beautifully appointed. Beds are comfortable, four-seasons style sheets, a full bathroom with double sinks, plenty of amenities, separate shower, toilet area and bathtub. In room coffee, water and bar/snacks wonderful. Closet space galore. There is a desk for working, full dresser/credenza and a sitting/lounge/dining area for in room dining or additional place for someone to work, or to lounge with a good book and put your feet up.
This hotel only has 74 rooms and it's the intimacy and the space that makes it magical.
The two restaurants are lovely and pool area wonderful especially given one for adults only. Loved the bar scene for a quick cocktail and place to grab a lite bite. This is a pricey location and the food and restaurants equally so. But the service is impeccable, the hotel special, and we'd come back here in a HEARTBEAT. It's very close to Bal Harbour shops (one of the best centers in the US) and walkable. Plenty of wonderful restaurants in the vicinity and out of the beaten path of South Beach and the hubbub unless that's your thing. Really loved this hotel and our experience here. Very high end area and hotel and we loved it.
Stay here if you can while visiting Miami. Nice to get away from the South Beach area and it's really not that far by Uber. It's nice to visit South Beach, but for a relaxing quiet time, this is the place to be. The property is immaculate. The rooms have amazing views with glass balcony's facing the ocean. Ultra modern rooms and very clean. The restaurants are excellent and world class. The private beach area is so nice. The staff sets up chairs for you on the beach. The pool area is nice as well. Tge spa is excellent.