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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The rooms are around a nice pool, but a DJ is brought in nightly, 6-11 ( actually 11:30 one night) poolside and the loud music commences to throb. They are aiming for a young, singles clientele. The manager was friendly and sympathetic when we complained about the noise, but did mention that if the business had to lose the family trade, so be it. The rooms were clean and bright, the landscaping very well done, pool enjoyable mornings, but this is no place for older travelers or children.
We stayed here for 4 nights during our travels around America and it was great!
We were greeted warmly and they gave us a quiet room away from the pool where they played music in the evenings.
The room itself was big and the bed was super comfy! They had a great bathroom set up for doing hair and make up and the shower was really good too.
The staff were really helpful when we wanted an Everglades tour and the breakfast was a good add on with bagels, cereal and yoghurts to choose from.
I would strongly recommend and stay again.
I found this hotel via TripAdvisor site. This place was so cool. Very trendy. The beds were extremely comfy and the room very clean. The staff was attentive and answered any question we had. The hotel was located pretty much close to everything. We got to the hotel on Sat evening and the Pool Bar area was in full swing. Our room faced the pool and the activity there didn't bother us at all. Would totally recommend and would totally stay here again!
This was just a perfect, cute, little hotel for a stopover for a night on our trip around Florida. Clean, nice rooms, super friendly. And nice atmosphere around the poolbar in the evening. Would definitly book there again, if comming back that way. The only fault I could fine (but now I'm nit picking) is that the breakfast could be better. But that's an issue with most hotels in the states in my opinion (being from europe we're spoiled).
I wanted to have a low-key relaxing stay in Miami for my boyfriend’s birthday and The Vagabond Motel was the perfect getaway!
As soon as you walk in you feel at home and relaxed. Everything you need is on site pool, pool bar, sushi restaurant, and free breakfast.
And if you want to venture out for your plans there are restaurants and wine bars within walking distance.
I would definitely stay here again and have since then made several recommendations to friends and family.