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
- 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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This was my second stay at the Vagabond, and I would recommend it. The attention to design is very apparent and the rooms and pool are very cool. The bed is super comfy and I love the robes too. I appreciated the iron and little ironing board in the room. When I stayed here a year ago, I had a delicious drink and dinner in the restaurant and was sad that it was closed for renovations this trip - will look forward to trying it again next time.
The only complaints I have are that the hot water control in the shower and sink is really janky. Which way is hot, try one, try the other, switch it back and forth, sometimes you get hot water, sometimes not... I was glad I didn't have to wash my hair, because I never had consistently warm water. My colleague in another room never had hot water. From other reviews, and my conversation with the staff upon check-out, this is not a new problem, nor a small problem. The management should really get this situation fixed.
The other complaint is that the no-smoking policy at the pool is not at all enforced. On Sunday night, there was a couple there most of the evening and they were smoking, some guy at the bar was smoking and the bartender was smoking!
Otherwise, the bar and pool are wonderful; I was sad that the bar was not open Monday night, but I get it, it's the off season.
Thanks for a great staff, very helpful, will be happy to return.
Had a great stay. Hotel is updated and very retro of old Florida. Pool and grounds are clean and beautiful. We would go back again! Clean,updated and staff is friendly! Nice Place! Checked in early from driving from west coast, they accommodated us with ease! AAA+++
Friday night... girls nite, golden girls nite, first time in Miami not in a resort or boutique hotel on South Beach. But just look at this place, I am a fan of atomic age hotels and roadside hotel/motels. One day I hope to stay a nite at the Madonna Inn or even the tee-pee hotels. I was thrilled, free parking, look at that pool, cute a** rooms. I love mid century modern kitch as much as the next 40yr old. I was not even swayed by the fact there was a humidifier or a loud air conditioner... finally something to drown out my snoring!! Went to bed early, pool music barely audible. Bed so ultra sinkable we were rendered immobile. That is until I looked over at the white plastic alarm clock and thought is that what I think it is. Nah, turning my head away from the alarm clock glow. OH NO then I felt it in my hair. ACK leaping out of bed waking my partner, (after all this was my birthday trip) in this pristine white bed in a spotless room stood a giant palmetto bug on my pillow. I said GET IT (at home I am the one to get it) she drags the pillow off the bed ever so slowly. The bug gallantly riding on the pillow as if floating on a cloud. She says i got it.. i say thats not getting it, then in her sleepy ultimate wisdom she puts the fluffy bath robe over it, STILL NOT GOT IT, i drag the robe covered roach riding pillow to the room door to put him outside and it scuttered under the base board in the bathroom. All in all it was a pretty nice stay at this beautifully renovated mid mod hotel in Miami for my birthday! Even if I woke up to a palmetto bug in my hair in the middle of the night 🌙 Went for a morning swim and as lovely as the pool was it couldn't shake the thoughts of the roach in my hair. I live in Florida, I have lived in Florida for almost 30 years I understand there will be bugs. I wanted to make this a 2 star review but the hotel is sooo darn cute & the staff from prior to check in through out our stay were amazing.
Wow! This hotel is extra special. Clean rooms, unique style, and in walking distance to restaurants, shops, and a shopping center. We enjoyed the wonderfully decorated rooms and relaxing pool area. Look forward to going back again ASAP.
We absolutely LOVED this hotel. We were on a tight budget to go to a friend's wedding and this hotel not only hit the mark but was a remodeled art deco style Mimo hotel which was fantastic. It had all the vintage charm but was completely re done. The rooms were huge. We stayed in a Galaxie King, it was either 204 or 205 but it was on the second floor facing the pool and was just delightful. It reminded me a bit of the Jetson's with all the fun and fabulous colors. The room had a great desk area and bench as well as a super comfy king bed and a huge bathroom with a gigantic walk in shower and huge vanity area with a stool to sit on. The shower had three levels too. You could do the rainforest showerhead, a faucet, or a smaller lower showerhead that was detachable. I only mention this because I had my hair done for the wedding and didn't want to get it wet so their set up worked out great. The amenities at this place for it being such a great price were fantastic as well. First of all NO RESORT FEE and NO PARKING FEE. This was huge for Miami, as I couldn't find anywhere that this was the case. I was sold on those two things alone as parking in Miami can be from $25-$65 a night and resort fees can get as high as $35 so combined we could have spent $100 more a night on those two things so it was really nice that they were included. They also include a continental breakfast. It was really basic but completely unexpected. My husband could get coffee in the morning and they had English muffins, cereal, tangerines, and yogurt most mornings. They also give you free water bottles, which I just found wonderful. The pool area is lovely, and has a great bar and sometimes has live entertainment. The restaurant is fantastic as well and has a wonderful happy hour from 5-8pm.Amanda was our server both nights and she was just wonderful. The staff also made the experience delightful. Micah was great prior to our stay and gave us all sorts of recommendations for places to visit in Miami and followed up on her recommendations when we arrived. Brett was absolutely fantastic. We came in on an overnight flight and we were strictly told by the manager under no circumstances would we be able to check in early and there was a $75 charge if we could, but we were able to drop our bags off at 6am and then check in by around noon which was so nice to take a nap before the classical concert that was taking place that afternoon by the pool. Brett was also fantastic in answering any questions and was friendly, upbeat, and extremely genuine throughout our stay. He constantly asked how we were doing and if there was anything we needed. James was also fantastic. He answered all of my questions about places to visit and was genuine and kind as well. For the price you absolutely can't beat this hotel and it was centrally located to everywhere we needed to be in Miami and was not far from Fort Lauderdale either. I love how they kept the nostalgic feeling of the property during the remodel. The art deco mermaids and the Vagabond sign give the place so much character. Our room was also really quiet. It is on a main street so I was worried about noise but the rooms are tucked in the back and the pool is in front of the hotel so the street noise didn't travel to the rooms. Also you get 10% off if you stay 3 nights and 15% off if you stay 5 nights, which really helped. The Galaxie King was plenty big for us but if you would like more room or are bringing kids, the Electra deluxe is bigger and has a pull out couch, a fridge, and a keurig coffee maker. I honestly can't say enough wonderful things about this hotel. The price was phenomenal and was one of the reasons we were able to afford our trip and yet the rooms were so fantastic and the staff was absolutely charming. Thank you Vagabond for making this stay so wonderful. If we ever visit Miami again we will be sure to stay here and tell all of our friends that may visit as well.