The Vagabond Hotel
What We Love
- A kitschy yet comfortable stay in the Miami Modern Historic District, with breakfastThe complimentary continental breakfast that comes with your stay
- The fabulously retro vibe – authentic, too, since the Miami Modern hotel, in the historic district of the same style, was designed in the 1950s
- The proximity to US-1, putting the whole of the Magic City at your fingertips
What To Know
- The boutique hotel rocks an Art Deco style throughout
- The poolside bar has daily live music and creative cocktails
- It is close to US1, but noise really isn't an issue
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Frank Sinatra once sang, “These vagabond shoes are longing to stray.” Okay, so maybe he was talking about New York, but the same can be sung about Miami, not least when you’re singing about Vagabond Hotel. In the Miami Modern Historic District and a block from adjacent city- (and state-) artery US-1, the location of this renovated 1953 motel will strike anyone with wanderlust – after all, it’s within a 15-minute drive of South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana. Choose to hole up here, and you’ll have a hard time staying a while without straying a while.
The address isn’t Vagabond’s only roamer-friendly feature – recognizing that even the restless sometimes need a rest, the hotel’s become a worthy end in itself. It’s put all the dazzling details of its own original Miami Modern design front and center, and you’ll find sleek accents at the fusion restaurant, original terrazzo flooring in your retro-luxe room and a mosaic mermaid at the bottom of the pool. You can see this bathing beauty even better, though, if you bare your feet and jump on in – and hey, don’t you think those vagabond shoes are due for a breather?
Good to know
Please note that complimentary parking is available at the hotel.
Rooms at this former motel are kitschy and proud – places where, as the hotel puts it, using your “Do Not Disturb” sign is as much a style statement as it is a declaration of privacy. But the retro-fabulous vibe doesn’t come at the expense of serious comfort, and along with vintage details, like your terrazzo and wood flooring and designer Stephane Dupoux’s 1950s-reproduction furniture, each room has a bed with a natural hypoallergenic Italian mattress and 300-thread-count linens, chic eco-friendly bath amenities and a 40-in. flat-screen cable TV.
If Miami Modern were a culinary style, as well as an architectural one, it would taste a lot like the menu at Vagabond Restaurant and Bar. Latin-Asian-American flavors and styles are on parade at this sleek eatery, the collaboration of a restaurateur-cum-art collector and a seasoned chef. If you’d prefer to take your retro refreshment on the pool deck, there’s also always Vagabond Pool Bar, where the drinks flow freely from mid-afternoon to midnight.
Design buffs will surely get a kick out of the hotel’s neighborhood, the Miami Modern Historic District. But especially if you identify with the vagabond spirit yourself, chances are that you’ll want to swing by Little Havana, the Wynwood Arts District and South Beach’s Art Deco District and all the world-class sights within them. Conveniently, those are all a 15-minute drive, tops, and the rest of the city – and Florida – is within easy reach, with US-1 just one block over.
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My daughter and I discovered this wonderful motel and leaving an awful Airbnb. The motel is extremely clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly and helpful and the motel, pool and landscape are beautiful!
great staff, nice pool with bar, comfy room , simple breakfast (bagel, coffee, cereal) ... walking distance to a few good restaurants. I was there to go to some SF Giants vs Miami Marlins baseball games, the hotel is "uber " close. I also played tourist and everything was close.
A beautiful pool, well landscaped, quiet, with a pool bar. This retro motel is a great buy at the price. Family run, intimate, with friendly service, and a nice continental breakfast, it was our home base for 5 days, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.Three eateries offering varied delicious choices within one block was a big plus for us, since we didn't rent a car, and used Uber all week. They want your business, and work for it.
The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The room was very clean and a very large shower space. Walking distance to many restaurants. Super convenient to I-75. Free parking with very good security lighting. The breakfast is adequate. The pool and pool bar area was very nice. There is no elevator to the second floor.
The hotel Vagabond has been refurbished since its 1950s conception and with great style and comfort. Friendly staff great pool and small continental breakfast included. Free parking and walking distance to lots of restaurants and bars.