1 Hotel South Beach
What We Love
- Killer location on 600 feet of South Beach beach, and within walking distance of the city’s cultural hot spots
- The largest rooftop pool at an oceanfront hotel in South Beach
- Environmentally friendly focus
- Incredibly spacious rooms (accommodations start at 650 square feet)
What To Know
- Half the property is devoted to condos (a total of 163 residences) whose owners share the amenities
- The concierge can offer advice on adventures accessible on foot, bicycle, or one of the fleet of Teslas available to guests (based on availability)
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Sexed-up South Beach sleep with four pools, a farm-to-table lobby bar, and a celeb-helmed restaurant
1 Hotel South Beach is a sexed-up addition to Miami’s already sizzling scene. It features four pools ringed by cushioned loungers, cabanas and lavender daybeds, which seemingly float above the water, all of it providing the perfect perch to people-watch or take in the ocean views. The guest rooms vary from City View Kings to Oceanfront Suites with balconies, but all are decorated in salvaged driftwood, soothing neutral shades and hemp-blend Keetsa mattresses wrapped in organic cotton linens. Some have private furnished balconies and full kitchens — perfect for extended stays or families. There are all the mod cons, too, such as 55-inch LCD flat-screen TVs, Bluetooth speakers and Nespresso coffee machines. Start the morning with paddleboard yoga, have an in-room massage or go for a workout in the spacious Anatomy gym. When hunger strikes, you can head to the rooftop pool or casual Sand Box; both offer ocean views along with food and drinks, or sit down at Habitat to enjoy fresh local and sustainably sourced farm-to-table cuisine. Sip a nightcap at Drift, the lobby bar, and the next morning have the chef make you a picnic to take to the beach. And speaking of a beach break, the concierge can offer advice on adventures accessible on foot, bicycle or in one of the fleet of Teslas available to guests.
In the Area
Leave your bathing suit drying on the balcony and step out to see some of South Beach’s cultural destinations. Right behind the hotel, the Bass Art Museum has a small but spectacular permanent collection; it also frequently hosts events. A few blocks to the south, the New World Symphony holds great concerts and frequent, free Wallcasts, in which movies or concerts are broadcast on the Frank Gehry–designed exterior to be enjoyed by viewers in the park opposite. And if you make your way seven blocks down, the shops, cafés and farmers and antique markets of pedestrian Lincoln Road await. Once you’ve explored the city side of your home away from home, hit the boardwalk on the ocean side to bike, jog or stroll South Beach.
How to Get There
The hotel and the rooms are beautiful, and for design and appearance and thickness of towels I'd give it a 5, or more. But design isn't everything. And when it comes to what a hotel is really for - i.e., to sleep, etc., the hotel does not live up to appearances.
Start with the bed: Some of the rooms have the bed on a raised platform that extends beyond the footprint of the bed. Twice, I walked straight into the platform without realizing it was there, heavily bruising my shin, as did some of my colleagues. Others I know almost fell off the platform when they got up at night.
Then there's the bathroom: It has a glass wall between the bathroom and the sleeping portion of the room, and although it has a curtain that makes it private, it does not block the light, so a person using it at night will necessarily cause light to shine on the sleeping person.
Lights: It is a very large room with very little light; certain areas of the room, including where the full length mirror is, have virtually no light shining on them. The hotel holds itself as being sustainable and a lot of what it offers appears to follow that mantra. But as in the majority of American hotels, there are individual lights, controlled by individual switches, each of which must be turned on and off individually; there is no single overall switch that would allow you to turn all lights off when you leave the room. And the hanging lights near the bed, presumably intended to be reading lights, are over the night stands and not the bed, and so do not provide reading light.
Beach access: The hotel has direct access to the beach. But it is through a construction site as the hotel undertakes some construction. And it is not a safe construction site.
Food and drink: The beverages at each of the different restaurants/snack bars, were generally delicious, with lots of choice. There were good food choices (the steak tacos in the roof restaurant were delicious as were the sushi rolls) but service sometimes got a little behind (1 hour to wait for a lunch item in the same restaurant).
Overall service: generally very good and friendly.
Lovely hotel based on minimalist, green decor. Fresh oranges and apples for guests in the lobby everyday along with a display of hanging orchids on the third floor provides a tropical feel to the visit. There is no paper in the rooms and one might conclude that would pose a problem, but it doesn't. It just emphasizes the overuse of paper and disposables. The only problem is the platform beds and low lighting that can cause a problem during a nighttime toilet visit. The walls are also thin and the young crowd stays up late. The elevators require special attention. Inebriated guests must find it interesting finding their room. Contrary to some previous reviews, I found the staff to be very courteous and friendly.
This is a beautiful hotel for the young and somewhat pretentious guests. If you have never been to the Riviera, this is a close facsimile, minus the nudity. It is pricey, but worth seeing all the "want-to-be" Kardashians.
I have stayed at quite a few of the hotels in Miami over the years and this is definitely my new favorite!
Jorge at check in was amazing. He helped us get situated and was able to get us a room quicker than we expected. We were also offered complimentary waters and when our bags were brought to the room, all of the amenities were explained. They mentioned that the hotel offers complimentary yoga classes.
The rooftop bar and restaurant, Watr, had delicious steak tacos and sushi. The rooftop pool also had panoramic views of the ocean and South Beach.
The room itself was HUGE! It was definitely the largest room I had stayed at in Miami and it was a King room with a balcony overlooking the pool and the ocean.
They also had another pool on the 3rd floor, which also overlooked the ocean, plus they had beach chairs and food service on the beach.
The room had a separate sitting area and the balcony also had a lounge bed.
The shower was probably one of my favorite showers I have experienced at a hotel. The water pressure was just right. The bathroom also had a separate soaking tub.
Additionally, the room offered a Nespresso machine.
This hotel was outstanding in every way and I will definitely be returning.