What We Love
- The exceptional on-site dining at A Fish Called Avalon, a seafood restaurant with live music and a breezy terrace
- The location in the heart of Miami on world-famous Ocean Drive, with easy access to beaches, shops, museums and legendary nightlife
- Extra amenities available through the hotel’s nearby sister property, offering additional beach, pool and restaurant options
What To Know
- Located in Miami’s Art Deco District, meaning it can get a bit noisy from the nightlife
- Guestrooms are on the small side
Where the ocean meets the street in sunny South Beach, Miami’s Art Deco golden age lives glamorously on. With its beachfront façade set off by a 1955 Oldsmobile and canopy of umbrellas, Avalon Hotel recreates the thrilling style of its home city’s vintage era on one of the city’s most famous thoroughfares. Orchids are always in bloom in the lobby and guest rooms, and the bright electric blue of the hotel’s neon marquee never diminishes.
Although ever-popularattractions, like Collins Avenue, Lincoln Road Mall and countless bars and clubs, are within walking distance, as long as you’re a guest here, there’s plenty to dazzle you closer to home. Through the property and its sister hotel, South Seas, you can enjoy beach access and towel service, plus full pool privileges. And at the hotel’s lobby seafood restaurant and music venue – winner, along with the hotel, of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – you’ll find magic right at your front door.
In each of Avalon’s tastefully decorated accommodations, you’ll find a comfortable space in crisp whites and bright colors. Each bed is piled with plush spreads, each bathroom boasts refreshing amenities and soft waffle-weave bathrobes and an artful orchid makes for a glamorous work-desk centerpiece. Choose from a quiet abode with a double bed in the Classic Double room or, in the Partial Ocean View Queen room, a queen bed and a glimpse of the glittering Atlantic.
If you’re in the mood for fresh local fare, you’re in luck: A TripAdvisor favorite is right downstairs in Avalon’s beautiful Art Deco lobby. At A Fish Called Avalon, you’ll discover an impressive menu of seafood dishes, a notable wine list, live music and a breezy terrace for al fresco dining.
The Avalon Hotel is located in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco District, only a 20-minute drive from the airport and a short walk from the Versace Mansion, the Miami Beach Boardwalk, shopping districts and an array of museums. Outdoor adventurers will enjoy extensive local options for windsurfing, parasailing, paddleboarding or golfing.
How to Get There
I was invited to Miami by close friends of mine to stay for the weekend. The arrival was nice, we were greeted by the concierge and front desk personnel who were very friendly and thoughtful. I must say, the bellboy who carried our bags was just shy of 5' tall and it sure was enjoyable watching him struggle to carry our belongings. Once we arrived to our room, the room was very clean and the view was very, very nice! I would completely recommend this place to anyone who needs a quick getaway close to the beach!
They got name AND date on the reservation wrong. When they adjusted the dates on the reservation, they changed the rate we had agreed upon. When I mentioned this, they told me I had to wait for them to check-in a group of 20 people that had meanwhile gathered, because the group could not wait. Then the following day the attendant had no idea breakfast was included. This was a nightmare from the beginning to the end. Their staff is not only unhelpful, but flat out rude, and has NO idea how to run a business. You'll have a better experience sleeping in your car.
If you want sleep, do not stay here. Doors are very heavy so every time someone opens or closes a door you not only hear it, you also feel it. Young crowd, felt like spring break. Construction went on past midnight
First of all, you CANNOT beat the location. It is steps from the ocean, you've got your choice of restaurants at a stone's throw (although, their cafe and restaurant makes it so you really don't need to go anywhere), you've got shopping if you need it (drug stores, clothing stores, little boutiques) and you're just two blocks from where you can catch a free trolly to explore the rest of Miami. Super convenient! Second, the staff at this hotel was so nice and accommodating, I really felt like I was visiting family - they were always there to help with information, advice on how to get around or whatever I needed. They are clearly happy to be at work and this speaks volumes about hotel management. The room was perfect for me and really clean. The bed was very comfortable, there was plenty of room to store my clothes and I appreciated the alarm clock with a phone charger. I also loved the artwork. Oh! Bonus: free bottled water! And they replenished daily. Maybe this is standard in Miami? I've never seen this before at any hotel. What it communicated to me was that they care about me and want to make sure I'm staying hydrated. That's pretty darn good service.
I had originally booked an airbnb to stay at and then they cancelled on me so airbnb booked us this hotel. I was a little worried as it wasn't a hotel chosen by me. From the checking in to the checking out everything was perfect and I am so glad I stayed there. I was so happy I decided to add one more day to my stay. Hotel is undergoing renovations but and yes there was some noise but not until Monday around 8ish which I didn't mind. The cleaners were outstanding I run a cleaning company and I am very picky about cleanliness and this is by far the first hotel I've visited where I can say their cleaning was impeccable. My favorite part about staying here was the attentiveness of Marvin the bartender on shift one of the nights I stayed here. I asked if I could have dinner at the bar as I was by myself and he said yes. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the menu. He recommended his favorite dishes as well as his favorite things to do around Miami. He said to me he had been working there for I believe it was over 9 years which speaks volumes about the company, happy employees that stay reflect a company that treats them well. As if all this wasn't enough the location of this hotel is amazing! Literally within steps from the beach and in the middle of everything that represents Miami.