Beacon Hotel South Beach
What We Love
- Daily hot American buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Rooms come with beach chairs and towels for a day on the water at no additional cost
- Prime location on Ocean Drive, just a quick stroll across the street to the beach
What To Know
- Free high-speed WiFi
- Frosted glass bathroom doors are not for the shy
- Ocean Drive is busy, but the hotel has soundproof windows; you can also ask for a room on a higher floor
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Classic Miami glitz greets guests at this newly renovated, 75-year-old Art Deco boutique hotel, ideally situated on Ocean Drive. The palm tree–fronted all-white façade leads to a bold palette in the guestrooms of turquoise, orange-red or chartreuse, all set off by tufted white headboards and bright white furniture and linens. Pamper yourself with Pascal Morabito bath products and fluffy bathrobes (but be warned: The frosted glass bathroom doors are not for the modest). Fill up at the generous (and free) hot American buffet breakfast — eggs and sausages, as well as the usual muffins and cereals, are on offer — before grabbing a free beach chair and towel and walking across the street to the ocean. Take a break from the sun for a midday mojito at on-site bar and grill the Place (Hurricanes, Planter’s Punches and Sex on the Beaches are on the beachy cocktail menu), or make the seafood-focused joint your dinner destination. Start with coco-crusted shrimp with sweet chili sauce or calamari tempura with miso aioli before moving on to such main courses as panko-crusted scallops and Florida lobster tail with truffle mashed potatoes.
In the Area
A prime Ocean Drive location puts you within striking distance of South Beach’s charms. Sun worshipers can walk right across the street to the beach (the hotel supplies chairs and towels) to people-watch and work on their tans, while cultural types can check out the Art Deco Historic District. The nation’s largest such zone consists of some 700 buildings built between 1933 and 1949; book a guided tour through the Art Deco Welcome Center. Stock up on party attire along Washington Avenue, where you’ll find a mix of vintage shops and clubwear, or blow your budget on Collins Avenue, home to Kenneth Cole, Armani and Versace, among others. By night take in Ocean Drive’s iconic neon lights before letting loose at SoBe’s famed club scene; you can join the waterfront party at Nikki Beach or spy on celebs at Mansion (Jeremy Piven and Ne-Yo have been spotted here). To escape the tourist bustle, consider a daytrip to the Everglades; the 1.5 million–acre national park is home to bald eagles and panthers. Or visit Coral Gables’ Fairchild Tropical Garden, the largest tropical botanical garden in the U.S.
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I was very pleased with the hotel. Complimentary breakfast in the AM was beneficial. Coffee station on second floor was nice. Rooms were quieter than I expected for an Ocean Drive location. Front desk folks were helpful and friendly.
My car was damaged and nobody said anything!_The location is perfect, but the room is a little bit to smal... the price performance ratio does not fit!We were on vacation in many hotels and motels and here was the breakfast with distance worst!The only positive about the hotel is really the location!
We were so pleased with our stay. The hotel is directly across from the beach and right in the heart of everything. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff. This is a small hotel that certainly caters to the guests. Wish we had stayed longer.
We visited for our Anniversary and it was a perfect location. We walked everywhere because parking is expensive! The beach is right across the street. The hotel provides chairs and towels for the beach. We received a free drink for our Anniversary. Very much appreciated since the price for drinks is steep. The king room faced the beach so we saw all the action. The bathroom was extremely small but it's an old building so space was limited. Only negative is the ice machine is in an outside breezeway in a different building and hard to find. Pay the extra money for a view of the beach. So worth it!
Hotel is in an excellent location. Dozens of restaurants and bars in easy walking distance. Beach right across the street. Beautiful example of Art Deco architecture. Room was clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly and helpful. Decent breakfast buffet included.