Circa 39 Hotel Miami Beach
What We Love
- The poolside cabanas are free of charge, a rarity in these parts
- The youthful, upbeat decor has tropical island flair (think teak and white finishes, plantation-style shutters and patterned wallpaper in splashes of lime and orange)
- Comfort food, from tapas to burgers, at Jules Kitchen
- Guests have free access to the hotel’s reserved beach area
What To Know
- Beach access is across Collins Avenue
- The gym is small but well equipped
- A daily resort fee includes WiFi and use of the beach and pool chairs
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This Miami Beach player does casual tropical cool with aplomb. Situated at the heart of Mid-Beach’s “Wundermile,” minutes from South Beach and the Design and Arts Districts, the hotel’s whitewashed façade is classic Miami Art Deco, while inside the 97 guest rooms are spread across two buildings connected by a tranquil courtyard stocked with tropical plants and exotic birds. The rooms are decked out with custom furniture in teak and white finishes, hardwood floors and plantation-style shutters, with jaunty details like blue and white chevron pattern cushions and patterned wallpaper in splashes of lime and orange. Lounge by the pool on a wicker chaise beneath a vibrant paisley beach umbrella or in a cabana hung with Moroccan-style lanterns, and at happy hour head to WunderBar, where the mixologists whip up all kinds of tropical concoctions with a focus on rum, fresh fruits and herbs. Jules Kitchen (named for Jules Verne) takes a global approach to its all-day menu, serving everything from Tex-Mex to pan-Asian in a homey and cheerful space; there’s also a breezy patio where guests can enjoy their locally roasted Panther coffee alfresco.
In the Area
With its prime location between South Beach and Bal Harbour, Mid-Beach is coming into its own. Soak up the of-the-moment Miami scene over brunch at Cecconi’s, the restaurant at Soho Beach House, where you can mingle with the members-only crowd while digging into dishes like crepes with banana and dulce de leche or frittata with asparagus, goat cheese and herbs. If you’re in a spicier mood, head to the Freehand Hostel’s 27 restaurant, which serves brunch with a Middle Eastern spin; try Elad’s Shakshuka or the Yemeni-inspired malawach, a dish consisting of grated tomatoes, feta, hard-boiled egg and harif sauce (similar to the spicy harrissa). Later, dance off all the brunch calories at the white-hot club Basement, from nightlife impresario Ian Schrager, located in the new Miami Beach Edition.
How to Get There
I was so happy with our stay at Circa 39 Hotel! Prior to our trip, my husband and I searched the Internet and Trip Advisor for a place to stay that wasn’t too expensive but had charm. Upon reading reviews, we soon realized that South Beach was not the place to stay for us. Mind you we are in the shoulder season, snowbirds having gone home and summer vacations not having started yet. But trusting the reviews about South Beach being a loud place after dinner and into the wee hours of the morning, we chose to stay in Mid Beach. So glad we did as South Beach was a bit loud during the day, each restaurant seemed to think if it played music loud enough that would entice us to dine with them. But as I truly enjoy the company of my husband, I prefer my music to be mostly soft background music.
Circa 39 has an inviting lobby with high ceilings and decorated nicely. Very cheerful. The staff was friendly and helpful. While there was breakfast at the hotel, it was NOT included in the price of the room. The breakfast was buffet style. A variety of coffees was offered as well. Good coffee, I might add.
The restaurant is full service, breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a lovely bar as well.
The pool area was nice but not large. Probably not big enough had the hotel been full.
The hotel offered chairs on the beach as part of the resort fee. An umbrella would cost you $20 a day, however. We opted for an umbrella for the time on the beach as it was hot being June. The beach is a short walk across the street which didn’t bother me.
The trolley pick up was just a short block behind the hotel for going to South Beach. The trolley is free! But was heavily used by locals and tourists alike. It was often full. I don’t mind walking and we would sometimes opt to walk to get our steps in. I am glad we did not get a rental car....it’s very pricey to park and I am sure very frustrating to try to locate a parking spot during the busy season. There was always an Uber close by when we needed one.
Our Room was a king room that looked out over the pool. Clean! The bathroom was a touch on the small side but I really liked it. It had a nice sized shower, and enough hooks to hang up our towels. Brilliant!
There was a coffee maker in the room and a room fridge but NO microwave. I was a little disappointed with that but that’s my biggest gripe and in the end, it really didn’t matter.
If we come back to Miami Beach, I will be staying at the Circa 39!
Got this trip from a sale - Miami is great, this hotel not so much.
The TV service is sketchy at best - poor reception meant it kept cutting out.
The service of the restaurant is rude - twice my partner and I were greeted by a gentleman who was both rude and aggresssive.
They change the prices and happy hour at will - I’d advise you to walk 10 steps and go to the Tavern for food/drink/atmosphere.
There was flooding in the main reception while we were there and damp on the walls.
The air con is temperamental at best - dont expect it to work all the time.
The positives are that you get fresh towels daily.
Best advise - avoid and go somewhere.
It’s a cheap hotel for the area but I’d not stay here again - there are cheaper and nicer hotels about the area.
What a darling little hotel! Clean, cozy, great location, fabulously friendly staff. I stayed 7 days and the staff could not have been more friendly or accommodating! This hotel is very well managed and run. The food is also good. Loved the pool area too. Not huge but quaint and charming just like the entirehotel. My room was very clean and beautifully decorated. And the beach is directly across the street. There is also a market right next door that sells sandwiches, great desserts, snacks and all the typical tourist items, and there is a liquor store right across the street. Miami also runs free shuttles and the pick up for these is directly behind the hotel. Made getting to and from Lincoln Rd. simple. Just cannot day enough great things about this hotel. I look forward to staying here again!
Just returned from an amazing holiday in Miami!
From the moment we arrived at the hotel until the moment we left the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Hotel had lovely deco and the pool area was stunning. Loved how quiet and calm the pool are was, perfect for a chill out after a busy day. The gardens were also perfect for chilling out!
Did not have breakfast or dinner at the hotel so cannot comment on food. Cocktails were lovely but a bit pricey!
Location of the hotel is great, and a bus stop just around the back which makes it very easy to get anywhere needed. We caught a few taxis and there was a taxi bay right opposite the hotel, which again made it very easy.
My only negative is that the cleanliness of the room wasn’t quite up to scratch, however I am very fussy!!
Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Hope to visit Miami again in the future!!
I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights with a friend of mine for a girls weekend.
The decor of the hotel is lovely, nice and bright, very welcoming.
I can't fault the staff, they're all very friendly and no ask was too much.. Even on days we forgot to leave the clean me sign outside our room but the maid still cleaned the room, changed towels and even folded our clothes. She was real cute, much appreciated.
The only fault I have with the room is that there was only one bedside table and lamp so the lighting wasn't that great in the room and the mirror could have been positioned in a better spot for better lighting. The bathroom was clean and cleaning products were available free of charge. Although the room was small it did the job. I would definitely return but would request prefer a different room.
The hotel is like 1 minute from the beach, it has a store next door and a liquor store across the road, very convenient. Jules kitchen also serves delicious food and the prices aren't too bad. Love that the pool is 24hrs too.
I would definitely recommend the hotel, each member of staff were friendly, easy to approach and joke with and were very helpful. Thanks for your service guys.