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
An oceanfront throwback to Miami’s Art Deco heyday on Ocean Drive, with beach-towel service
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
We stayed here for one night prior to a cruise with kids. The hotel was fine, much quieter than we thought ( and we were in a beach facing room on a Friday night). Staff were great, breakfast was fine (small but adequate) and beach literally over the road. The room was fab for people spotting and right in the centre of things. No issues at all.
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Avalon Hotel. Room was clean, staff was friendly, and it has a great spot on the corner of the Art Deco District. My only complaint is that the breakfast was a little lacking of variety, but it was free, so that's hard to beat.
If I'm ever in the Miami area again, I'll definitely re-visit the Avalon.
The Avalon is a boutique hotel with an Art Deco vibe that is located at Seventh Street and Ocean Drive (South Beach ), aka., the corner of the City of Miami and the Atlantic Ocean. It is epitomized by the well-known white & yellow Oldsmobile that is glued to the pavement out-front. This is my grandfather's olds (Guess: 1955)....and what a moniker marquis.
This is a small hotel, and that characterization pretty well runs through everything. The lobby exhibits few furnishings; one red leather sofa is perched opposite the reception desk. The lobby opens up to a bar and "A Fish Called Avalon", the on-site restaurant which enjoys critical acclaim as one of the best seafood eatery's in Sbe. The menu is robust and the Miami Spice special is exemplary and a startling bargain. As well, the restaurant is a funnel to view all the goings-on in "The Corner Of The World". The property is well maintained, and Art Deco paintings accent the interior and hallways with girlie and boat photo's, after all, this is Sbe.
Rooms are tight (280 sq.ft.), but arranged in such a fashion that maximizes open space and are respectfully decorated but not elaborately furnished. The bath is minimalistic, but adequate and the white tile walls help brighten the place and make it more spacious. The bed was very comfortable and that's what a bedroom is all about.
The Avalon is soft on amenities, but its big brother hotel down the way (South Sea Hotel), provides Avalonittes with guest privileges to the pool, yoga classes, spa and their beach. A business centre is available, But who is going to work when the beach is across the street. The Avalon provides a complimentary breakfast which is a cut above what one would consider a continental breakfast. Overall, given the age of the building, it is very clean and tidy, so much so, it would surely pass a West Point inspection. Service was adequate and prompt and staff went out of their way to ensure this hotel experience was enjoyable.
By far, the most tantalizing attribute of the Avalon.....its location. It's at the epicentre of "The Corner Of The World". This means crowds, cars and a marvel of commotion.The hotel is across from Lummus Park, the busiest area on the beach. Babes in bikinis, and some in 1/2 bikinis, and Buds is 1/2 bikinis (the bottom 1/2..I hope) strut their stuff on the beach promenade. Cars trot up and down Ocean Drive, the likes of: Tesla, Maserati, Ferrari, Bentley...and others ..you name it..and if you car costs less $100K you'll feel out of place. It's like going to a luxury car show. This place is an endless people watching venue..I thought I saw Leonardo Decaprio and the Robert Downey Jr., .....but I must have been mistaken.
The Avalon is a mildly classy Art Deco boutique with a superlative restaurant in a very enviable location on Sbe. Prices are reasonably mild on the wallet. It facilitates easy access to all there is to do in Sbe especially endless people watching which is an all consuming occupation here. A hotel worth taking in on a trip to Miami...The Avalon
....At The Corner Of The World.