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
First off, it's important to note that a lot of things in Miami have the word "Faena" in the name. There is the Faena Hotel and then this place, Casa Faena. COMPLETELY different. I did not know this and thought I was booking Faena Hotel when I actually booked Casa Faena, not knowing they are two different hotels. You can imagine my surprise when I checked in to learn the Faena Hotel is a few blocks down and much nicer, larger and has more going on than Casa Faena. Don't make this same mistake I did.
When we arrived there was no one to help us with our luggage, which we had to haul up steep stairs alone. Then there was no one inside the lobby, it was like a ghost town. Finally we saw someone who checked us in, and this is where I learned of my mistake and that there is a difference between Casa Faena and Faena. There is no pool at Casa Faena and guests can not use the Faena hotel's pool. There is a beach across the street for Casa Faena guests and they can't use the beach area for Faena Hotel guests (Faena is right on the beach). I was so angry and annoyed at my mistake when I learned this! What hotel in Miami doesn't have a pool?!
Casa Faena is small and the rooms are small too. I booked a "suite" and I would be scared to see what a normal room is like here, our "suite" was so small. The walls are also very thin and we had a hard time sleeping due to noise in a nearby room. Our room was also drab and dirty with a ton of scuff marks on the walls and stains on linens and furniture. I believe it is pretty new and it is already in need of a complete overhaul! We didn't interact with the staff much but when we did it was uncomfortable and lackluster- the check in was miserable as well as the beach attendant who was incredibly uninterested in us and wouldn't even help us move our chairs to be in the sun when the spot we were in got shady. We asked him nicely, and had already tipped him as soon as we got to the beach, and he refused to help us move.
There are some nice interior design elements and cute furniture in common areas in the lobby, which is the only thing I liked. I'm incredibly mad at myself for making this mistake not realizing there is CASA Faena and regular Faena. Don't stay here unless you're on a tight budget. I want to try to get a refund our stay was so miserable and we were so grossed out by the dirty room, but everyone I dealt with at the hotel was awful I'm sure it would not be easy!
We had a wonderful time at casa faena. Everything was very nice and food was perfect. Peacefully place with great style. There were a lot of beautiful details wherever you looked. And the manager Chris was awesome!!! Im sure I’ll come back.
So glad we booked here instead of a modern chain hotel to attend a local wedding last spring. Casa Faena has a unique look and a warm and welcoming staff. We stayed 2 nights - everything was just great. Enjoyed a very good breakfast on a Sunday morning accompanied by an acoustic guitar player . We booked through Trip Advisor - would definitely stay here again.