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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The impression I got from the exterior is a bit poor, but once I entered to the hotel, it changed completely! Great decoration, clean room, comfortable bed, friendly staff and I loved the shower!! Although it smelled like something new in the room, I did not like the smell of it. Location is good if you have a car or use the transportation services, road is very busy around rush hours. It is nearby many good restaurants.
It’s too bad I don’t want to stay here ever again as it’s super convenient location to my work in Little River which is an awesome neighborhood. The room and bathroom were not clean and the floors felt sticky. The staff is functional but not friendly or welcoming. There is no restaurant at this time and the free breakfast is a joke. Two cereal options and a roll in a plastic bag. Worse than airplane food. The wifi barely functions, I could not get on my phone and it worked on my computer for emails but could not stream Netflix. I asked for a quiet room which was fine the night there was no DJ but you can still feel the bass thumping on Sat when DJ played all night. One star for location and one star for the building.
I'm in town for work, and my business associates booked this hotel for me because it was near the work I had to do and because it seemed "cool." It's a bit too cool. It's Saturday night and there's literally a DJ outside my room right now blasting throbbing dance music. If I didn't have to sleep tonight and work tomorrow, I'd probably be enjoying this a lot more. But I do have work and I don't think it's too much to ask to not have to deal with stuff like this. Personally, I've never understood the point of a party hotel... I mean, if I want to have fun in a city, I'll go out to a club.
Also, don't expect much from the free breakfast. It's defrosted bagles wrapped in cellophane and individual sized Cheerios and Raisin Bran.
On the upside, the decor is cool.
Pros: Comfortable beds, very nice shower, good pool area
Cons: Location too far from anything interesting, unprofessional service that does not live up to the branding, noisy cleaning staff (one day out of three), mouldy smelling air conditioner
My friend and I stayed here for 3 days in March. Although there has been a lot of effort put into the design of the hotel, the service does not live up to this. For example, there is a second building on the lot (a restaurant and bar) that looks like it is the entrance to the hotel. We waited there for 10 minutes not realizing that the hotel lobby is in another building. It would be a simple matter to put up a sign clearly indicating where the actual hotel is. Overall, my impression of front-desk staff was that they came through if you really pushed, but that they were unprofessional - sort of taken aback if you asked a question. Although our room was cleaned well, on the third day we were woken up by super noisy cleaning staff and not able to get back to sleep. We were not able to use the air conditioner at all because of a mouldy smell emanating from it.
On the good side, the shower is amazing, the beds are comfortable, and in general the hotel is quiet because it apparently has been soundproofed.
For me, the location turned out to be too far away, although there is a very good restaurant nearby - Blue Collar.
My husband and I stayed for one night while attending the Miami Open. We read about it in the NYTimes. It is close to the tennis, airport, and many excellent restaurants. The place has been entirely renovated in ultra cool art decor. The shower is so large you can hang a towel and it won’t get wet. The blue king size bed is super comfy. And, I loved jumping in the refreshing pool and splashing around in the pink flamingo float! Highly recommend this motel in an up and coming neighborhood in Miami.