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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I really like this place, but....
The neighborhood is up and coming with really enticing restaurants nearby, but....
The pool is great, the general vibe is terrific, the retro look enticing, and the rooms are kinda funky,, but....
At nite, the first nite there was a private party by the pool bar with a noisy presence but the second nite there was a dj with a very very loud techno pop beat that was beyond overbearing, and it went on until late in the nite. I asked the bar tender and the dj, and the manager to tone it down, and they all said " will do" but it did not happen until I yelled a whole lot. At close to the time when the dj was near done....and even then it was still loud.
Our room was off in a corner. Away from the worst of the noise. I cannot fathom how loud it was closer to the dj. Or , how families with kids would do. Do not stay here if you want to sleep before 11 pm.
Call before you book to make certain there will not be loud music at the pool....
Vagabond is not the best kept secret any more. It is simply the best choice if you don’t mind staying away from the beach. Three of us including our 7 year old stayed at Vagabond for 4 nights. I have been to Miami three times before and stayed in the beach area. This time I decided to go deeper into the city and it turned out to be a good decision. The hotel staff are nice and accommodating. We really love the lounge chairs around the pool. The food choices around the hotel are abundant and not as touristy. We did Uber to the beach for a day and that was a nice change. If I have to say one thing to improve, it would be the breakfast. The breakfast was exactly the same for 4 days: bagels and cereals. I guess it is intended as a simple breakfast. Overall, it was a wonderful place to stay. We would go back in a heartbeat!
We stayed 2 nights at the hotel before a cruise. It is really a nice place, close to many good restaurants and in an old Miami area. The rooms are spacious, nice decorated in retro style. There are waterbottles for free, iron, safe, hairdryer, but no fridge. The pool area is very nice with free pool towels, unfortunately is was not pool weather when we visited. Parking is free, and they serve a basic breakfast with coffee, juice, bagels, jam, orange, yourhurt and few choice of cereals. In short walking distance from Vagabond you find an excellent Argentinian restaurant Lo de Lea, and an Italian restaurant Via Verdi - they both serve very good food.
Definitely a place we can recommend if you just need a few nights in a central area of Miami.
Stayed at Vagabond while visiting Miami for a work event we were hosting. We booked about 10 rooms in advance, all with different forms of payment. Staff was so accommodating throughout the entire experience.
Our group was full of hospitality industry vets. All had nothing but wonderful things to say about the property. Pool is a highlight!
Highly recommended. Returned to the Vagabond in January, 2019, and as in the past we loved it. All the people were great, Vivian at the desk and Brett the manager were helpful and knowledgeable. The pool, the rooms, all is beautifully designed for comfort and relaxation. The neighborhood, Miami's upper east side / MIMO, is an off the beaten track part of the city, and a great place to explore. And easy to get to South Beach, Wynwood, Downtown, etc.