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
If you are into the party scene, I’m guessing Victor Hotel is a wise choice you. Sadly I am not and therefore I had to suffer all of this hotel’s defects.
In room experience is ok but lacking when price level is considered. The modern decoration, new furniture and enough roominess promise a comfortable stay but everything is ruined by low quality mattresses and smelly pillows. When you factor in the noise that filters from the clubs nearby, the experience is downright negative.
A word on noise level: Ocean Drive is a loud place at night. Avoid rooms on the lower levels that are close to the street.
Front desk attention was incredibly clumsy with all but one staff member completely unwilling or unable to make a minimum extra effort to provide assistance when asked. Im pretty sure they didn’t even attempt to understand our needs well.
Considering the price paid this is not a good choice for South Beach and would look elsewhere.
The hotel is what is advertised. My husband swears up and down that he seen our rental going up and down the road in front of the beach one night and the next day the passenger side seat was leaned pretty far back and a lot of miles were added. After I complained I seen the mileage go from 10-15 a night to 2 miles. Other than the valet driving our car for no reason the only other things I didn't like was that the bathtub jets in 307 did not work and all the noise. If you are on the lower levels get ready to hear Latin music until 12-1 in the morning. Staff was friendly though.
Beachfront accomodation is in a perfect location. Restaurants & bars are plentiful. Beach out front is beautiful. Hotel service is exceptional. The front desk staff are very willing to help. The rooms are comfortable and very well serviced.
We are visiting your hotel Victor starting from tonight for 5 nights on honey moon with my wife.
Can I kindly ask you for a Nice room as we heard very Nice comments about the hotel and the rooms.
Thank you in advance.
The Victor Hotel is situated right on the beachfront and one door away from Gianni's Italian restaurant...better known as being Versace's villa where he was tragically murdered. This hotel seemed very popular for its candy bar which was very busy each evening and there were times when I felt that the foot trade took priority over hotel guests.
Having said that, the reception staff were very helpful on check-in and my room was very comfortable. Everything worked and I had no cause to complain. Drinks at the hotel bar which again was popular with the locals seemed a little steep, but this is Miami Beach and indeed Ocean Drive! Found a diner two blocks away which served an excellent breakfast at a very reasonable price.