What We Love
- The resort fee includes bicycle rentals, beach towels, access to the spa and gym and WiFi
- Spa V, located on the basement level, is a cool, hidden-secret retreat, especially for couples who can book side-by-side treatments
- Little luxuries – full-screen computers in the lobby, Keurig coffee machines in the rooms – add up
What To Know
- The hotel underwent an $8 million renovation in 2013
- The gorgeous Art Deco-designed pool is a refreshing complement to the beach located across the street
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Built in 1937 by “Dean of Deco” Lawrence Murray Dixon, the Hotel Victor has reopened after an $8 million 2013 makeover. The effortless, understated furnishings of the lobby – all nubby linens, midcentury modern lines and muted palettes – now contrasts elegantly with Murray Dixon’s architectural details like glam crystal and brass chandeliers, geometric inlaid floors and a massive flamingo mural. A generous terrace, filled with umbrella tables, leads to both the restaurant and curvaceous pool.
Bed & Bath
The rooms are prettier and more European than the exterior of the hotel indicates, with bleached wood plank floors, Scandinavian-inspired furniture, creamy nautical fabrics and potted orchids. Views of the ocean are captivating, highlighted by plenty of glass. Bathrooms, with clear walls separating the shower and toilet/bidet, are installed separately from the long sinks and Infiniti tubs, which are bedroom centerpieces.
Sugar Factory American Brasserie is the main dining option, with fresh and tasty fare. Guests can also head to Sushi Couture, which serves high-quality fish imported daily from Japan. The gym is better equipped with machines, both weight and cardio, than many of the neighboring hotels.
In the Area
This is the famed Art Deco District; don’t leave without taking a walking or bicycle, self-guided tour to see the incredibly restored, historic properties. While Ocean Drive itself can be touristy and mediocre food-wise – with the exception of Prime 112, De Rodriguez Cuba and BLT Steak – it also offers some wicked fun, especially at the neighboring Palace South Beach, renowned for its colorful drag queen shows. Parallel streets Collins and Washington avenues feature world-class dining and nightclub options, ranging from The Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel to Mansion Nightclub. Perpendicular to the beach, walking mall Lincoln Road is great for people-watching and café-hopping.
How to Get There
We checked in on 29th November at Hotel Victor. The location is awesome absolutely on the ocean drive, but 5he staff is very rude and unprofessional.
Firstly during check in it took us more than half an hour as there was only one person in the reception and we were told that there were other computer was not working.
Later at night their fire alarm went off in our floor because of some technical problems and when we called the, they kept telling us that it will be corrected soon. When after an hour we went down they were already changing the rooms of other clients but they never bothered to inform us and then after another an hour we were allocated a new room on other floor but again there was no one to help us in changing the room.
It was really traumatic and upsetting
My husband, son and I stayed in a King Suite with a roll-away bed. The suite was spacious and beautifully decorated, with an ocean view. The location of the hotel was perfect, too--walking distance to the Art Deco district and lots of great restaurants. Unfortunately, there were some issues. There was an art expo happening across the street on the beach, so a giant tent blocked most of the ocean view. Also, there was a lot of street noise (people party on the street all night long)...but the tent and the noise were not the hotel's fault. I always pack ear plugs anyway, so not a big deal. Also, I would imagine that without the tent there, the ocean view would have been spectacular. This hotel has a lot of great things about it, but it is sort of a mixed bag--seems people either love it or hate it, as a lot of the reviews will tell. I am giving this hotel 3 stars, as we also had a love/hate experience here. Our first night had lots of issues, but our second night was great. Here are the issues on night one--. #1 - The mattress on the roll-away bed was really terrible - flimsy, no support, and the bed was squeaky--so we called down to the front desk to get the mattress changed out. There was a bit of a language barrier (the front desk person had difficulty understanding our request to change the mattress on the roll-away), so it took 3 calls and over an hour to get the mattress changed out so our son could go to sleep. #2 - There was a burned out light bulb in the dressing room/closet. We asked the front desk to send someone to change the bulb so we didn't have to get dressed in the dark--which was also where the full length mirror was--they said they would send someone right up--but no one ever came the first day to change the bulb. We had to go down to the front desk on day 2 to put in another request to get it done. #3 - There were only 2 comfortable pillows for 3 of us (several other pillows were overstuffed with foam), so the first night I had to sleep on a small decorative pillow. (They brought another pillow on Day 2). #4 - The biggest issue of all - the thermostat was broken, so the AC was either on at full blast (cooling the room to as low as 62 degrees) or off and heated to 80+ degrees. We tried to set the temp to 72 degrees, but the AC would keep blowing air at full throttle. We didn't realize it was broken until we were sleeping...so my husband didn't sleep at all on the first night, since he kept getting up all night long to turn the AC on and off--trying to keep the temperature from being too hot or cold, as the automatic thermostat controls were broken. It was a TERRIBLE night of either freezing or sweating for all 3 us, and in the morning the room was freezing cold at 62 degrees. The hotel was sold out, so we could not change rooms. However, the next day, when we went down to the front desk to tell them about the light, pillows and thermostat, they sent engineers later that day to change out the thermostat to a new one. So by the end of day 2, all of these problems were corrected -new thermostat, pillows, mattress, and working light bulb. That's why my review is mixed, too. The first night was terrible (I paid for a king suite--nicest room they had--but would give it 2 stars due to lots of issues), but the second night was great (5 stars - despite the tent and street noise, which is not the hotel's fault). The valet parking is expensive, too - over $40/night--but the staff is really nice-- always friendly and helpful. Bikes and beach chairs are available to use at no cost. The hotel is in an ideal spot on Miami Beach, within walking distance to shops and bars and the beach is just over the road. The Sugar Factory is located in the hotel--it's a little pricey, but they do give guests a coupon for 20% off if you eat there. We had breakfast there once, and I ordered the strawberry french toast. The serving size was HUGE--like a half loaf of cake. It was delicious, but it was enough to feed 3 people. Despite the issues of the first night, I would give this hotel a second chance-- since after they corrected all of the issues, it ended on a high note...
Paid Top dollar for this room. Then they asked us to upgrade. We paid it for an ocean view. But the ocean view was obstructed by a giant tent. The front desk service was rude. They charged us twice. Called room service for food. They didn’t answer. Tired the restaurant downstairs. They charged us $20 automatic gratuity and made us wait 20 minutes for the billl. Wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone.
My daughter and I have just come back from a trip to Miami and stayed at Hotel Victor. After reading some of the reviews I was a little bit apprehensive. However I could not fault it. The hotel was so clean, we had fresh bedding and fresh towels every day. Every time we went back to the hotel there were staff cleaning all day long. It was such a beautiful and clean hotel. The staff were always friendly and helpful, no matter what I waned it was never too much trouble. Bikes were available to use at no cost. The hotel is in an ideal spot on Miami Beach, within walking distance to shops and bars and the beach is just over the road. The sugar factory in the hotel is also a lovely place to eat, delicious food, friendly staff and reasonably priced. I hope to go back to Miami some day and if I do I will 100% be staying at the Hotel Victor!!!
Had great view of the beach .The room was clean an enjoy my stay.Pool attended Pablo was very helpful an professional.Will return with the family.Nice view of the beach.Checking in was smooth.Great service good staff.