What We Love
- History is preserved in such original details as terrazzo floors and hand-painted bathroom tiles
- Affordable boutique hotel in burgeoning Faena Arts District
- Sweet, tasty coconut-mango french toast at Café Claridge
- Free WiFi
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What To Know
- There’s no pool, but beach services are available on the sandy shores across Collins Avenue
- Some renovations are ongoing
- If you want unobstructed ocean views, request a room on the upper floors
- Dogs up to 60 pounds are welcome, with no fee (cleaning charges may apply if there’s any damage)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Originally constructed in 1928 as an apartment building, Casa Claridge offers a different take on Miami style, with Mediterranean Revival architecture as opposed to the ubiquitous Art Deco farther south. Restored to its original beauty by hotelier Alan Faena, it’s the low-key cornerstone of the lavish Faena Arts District. A four-story interior atrium with ironwork detailing and a wooden lattice gallery offers a cozy gathering spot for guests, while vintage sofas and chairs, plus slightly worn board games and coffee table books, create a sense of home.
Bed and Bath
All of the 50 guestrooms are unique in layout, but original details have been left intact wherever possible, from terrazzo floors to heavy pockmarked wooden doors and frames restained a rich brown. The interior decor — much of it from Noir in California — includes carved wood bed posts and burlap-covered headboards, analog Big Ben alarm clocks, vintage Persian rugs and handmade throws from Argentina, which nod to Faena’s roots. The bathrooms have been refurbished and feature painted tilework, Frette towels, slippers and C.O. Bigelow toiletries.
Café Claridge offers a small Argentine-influenced menu to be enjoyed in the airy lobby restaurant or the adjacent terrace (think skirt steak with plantains and wagyu empanadas). The hotel plans on expanding the café into an understated version of Buenos Aires’ El Mercado, with a tapas menu and communal tables.
In the Area
Check out the permanent collection at the Bass Museum of Art, which spans 500 years. For art of the wearable kind, hit the Webster, where the latest designers are showcased in a landmark Art Deco building. Trendy eateries open and close every season in Miami, which makes the Forge even more special; this elegant wood-paneled restaurant has been catering to Miami’s elite since 1968. Afterward head for a nightcap to Haven Gastro-Lounge, which serves cocktails until 5 a.m.
How to Get There
Casa Faena is a very nice hotel with a historic feel and a great location. Very clean inside and out. Best part hands down though was the staff, including Chris. Exceedingly helpful guy who pointed us in the right direction for drinks, food, and everything else. Would definitely recommend!
We ended up staying at Casa Faena due to complications with a reservation we had with another company and boy are we glad we stayed here. From the start the customer service was amazing, Johnathan checked us in and was able to turn our whole experience around when things got off to a rough start for our trip. We had breakfast in the dining area that’s in the hotel and to food was amazing. Lazo and another nice lady helped us out. Lazo gave us some cool places to check out and all around had good conversation. Everyone made us feel like family. One thing to keep in mind is some of these buildings are historic so there’s not much they can do to the actual building. Most of the hotels in south beach are older. Even with that being said we wouldn’t hesitate to come back here. They also have a private beach area with seats and umbrellas where you can order food and drinks from which is very nice. Thank you to everyone that made our stay enjoyable.
I stayed for one night at Casa Faena. The hotel style is artsy, very clean and perfectly located in Miami Beach. The hotel staff are amazing and friendly. Lazaro at the restaurant was very kind and attentive when I asked for information, awesome service!
If you want to stay mid beach away from the chaos of South Beach and not spend a ton of money-- this is a good solid choice. The hotel is very charming and I loved the decor. It feels very vintage South Beach. The room is very large and well appointed with beautiful furniture. Yes, the hotel has some age to it, but that is why its charming! We were not given very clear instructions by the staff on how to get to the beach. We ended up on the Faena Beach in front of the main hotel. We gave them our room number. We were then directed to a few hundred feet away to another red and white umbrella beach. Well-- that was a downer. The staff was perfectly nice and professional,but it was embarrassing,
The web site does make it feel like you are part of all the ammenities of Faena.
So sad this place has potential. But they miss the mark. Price is so overpriced and online photos should be removed as false advertisement. The service is mediocre. No coffee in the rooms but it dose have coffee maker lol. I Went downstairs and complained to the front desk giving them a chance to tell me why the bathroom look laughing like the pictures. I actually showed the girl a picture of the bathroom that was moldy and in desperate need of caulking. Her response to me it was an old which is beside the point. I would recommend I stay somewhere else. The hotel itself is beautiful but the rooms are severely outdated and the bathrooms are disgusting. Also they charged you and resort fee but the hotel has no resort. There is no spa there is no pool so I'm not sure what the resort fee is for?