The hotel underwent a complete $35 million renovation in 2012
A $25 resort fee per night (including WiFi, beach chairs at the Beach Club and a $15 food and beverage credit) will be collected upon check-in
No direct beach access; but you'll get lounge chairs and waiter service at the Beach Club
Some basic comforts are compromised due to space: The ice machine is in the lobby, the fitness center is small and the guestroom closets are teeny
Parking on site
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Nautical style meets glam vibe at this just-renovated SoBe sleep with Italian eats and a sleek rooftop pool
The original Gale South Beach was built in 1941 and underwent a $35 million tip-to-toe renovation in 2012. The modern incarnation combines glamorous, retro decor with a maritime influence, harkening back to the days when cruising was downright elegant. Expect mirrored details — from the tissue boxes to the sconces to the dinette car-like lobby desk — alongside classic nautical-inspired navy and white decor. The black-and-white photos of Miami beach scenes (many of which feature members of the hotel’s owners families) add to the hotel’s nostalgic charm.
Bed and Bath
Fresh white linens with navy detailing make for clean lines in the guestrooms and the furnished, private balconies that come with some rooms. A similar linearity is echoed in the bathrooms, where the walk-in rain shower and ample supply of bath products from Menin’s signature brand, GuyandGirl, remind you you’re still among modern-day creature comforts. There’s plenty of tech, too: A flat-screen TV equipped with Internet access (wireless keyboards can be found in bedside tables) and iPod docking stations keep you charged up and in touch.
South Beach is known for its nightlife, but the Gale’s three hot spots mean you may never want to leave the grounds. Stop for an after dinner drink alongside Miami locals at the Regent Cocktail Club, where cocktails are expertly crafted to live music; take in the views at the rooftop Regent Bar (which offers movie nights courtesy of the wall projections at the New World Symphony, across the street); or head to the subterranean Rec Room — a funk-era lounge lined with 1970s records, board games and fishnet-adorned leg lamps — named after the VIP area of New York’s Bungalow 8.
In the Area
After a day spent beachside or hitting the shops on nearby Lincoln Road, head west on 16th Street to the year-old Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a buzzy, Low Country–inspired restaurant where fried chicken, waffles and Buffalo Trace Bourbon reign supreme. You’d be wise to make a reservation if you’re going for dinner, though — founder John Kunkel’s restaurants are known to rack up quite the scene. Wash down your gastronomic indulgences with a drink next door at the locals-only Abbey Brewing Company, Miami Beach’s oldest (and only) brewpub. Once you’ve loosened up a bit, head to Mansion for the quintessential South Beach nightlife experience; this gargantuan 30,000-square-foot megastructure plays host to world renowned DJs (think Tiësto, John Dahlbäck and Steve Aoki) every night of the week.