Dream South Beach
What We Love
- Well located at Collins Avenue and 11th Street
- Free beach gear (towels, chairs and flip flops) available at the front desk and at the beach
- A hip rooftop pool scene
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What To Know
- The $9.99 resort fee per night will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout; it includes WiFi and use of two beach lounge chairs and towels
- One block from the beach, but no ocean views from the rooms
- Well suited for singles, friends or couples — not families
- Rooms are spread between two buildings, the Tudor and Palmer houses
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Spread throughout two Art Deco icons — the Tudor and Palmer houses — at Collins Avenue and 11th Street, right next to the Versace Mansion, the 108-room Dream South Beach is one of the latest projects of the globetrotting Chatwal family. It fits in nicely with its surroundings, with a facade restored to its original glory and reinvented interiors that reflect South Beach in the present day. An illuminated pathway flanked by fountains and bamboo leads to the lobby, which is crowned by a front desk that dates back to 1939 — the year the original exterior was built.
Bed & Bath
The boutique-size, Instagram-worthy rooms — imagine small metal tables, white filigreed headboards and robin’s egg–blue blankets — are made for pre- and post-party gatherings with friends (not families looking for a quieter scene). Bold, textured carpets line the hallways, smooth baroque flourishes are carved on the doors, and the closets and shower doors are made of tinted glass. Combined with cool blue lighting, modern crystal chandeliers and textured bathroom tiles, the whole place has a moody, nightlife vibe. Other perks? LCD TVs, iPod docking stations and Etro bath products.
The silky beach and the blue ocean are just a block away, and Dream has its own spread of lounge chairs. Nearby you’ll find the shops of Lincoln Road, and even better, the property is within stumbling distance of most of the area’s trendy nightlife spots. That said, it’s possible to achieve a glowing tan, eat and drink, and take part in South Beach nightlife without ever leaving the hotel. Upstairs, a hip crowd parties at HIGHBAR, the see-and-be-seen rooftop pool, at all hours. On the ground level, the space of what was once the Tudor Hotel is now Serafina, serving over 20 varieties of pizza and an extensive menu of fresh pastas and seafood.
In the Area
Although the people watching around the Dream South Beach is grand, you might also want to check out the beauties along Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. Even Miami residents can’t stay away from Lincoln Road. Only a few blocks from the Dream South Beach, this historic pedestrian mall has everything from clothing shops to cafés to art galleries to the concert hall of the New World Symphony. Rent a car and visit the awesome alligators, birds and other wildlife of the country’s largest subtropical wilderness, Everglades National Park. Art Deco style is king here; go on your own photo safari and capture the world’s foremost examples of the design movement — including the Tudor and Palmer houses, of course. Make it more official with an audio tour on your iPod or on a guided tour. Throw caloric caution to the wind with the fried chicken, biscuits and other haute down-home fare at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a local favorite filled with pretty people getting down and dirty with bourbon and barbecue.
How to Get There
I always enjoy staying at the Dream when I’m in Miami. The location is great and I also love the restaurant attached to the hotel as well as the rooftop pool. This particular trip it rained more than usual, but Justin who works at the pool was more than accommodating. Even if it meant wiping down the chairs four times in one day because of the rain. That’s always appreciated.
Every review you read is true... The hotel is in a great location for walking around and visiting many places. Decor looks amazing, but room is very small like a dorm room with all amenities crammed in. My husband and I stayed in a traditional king and there is no "real" privacy from the bathroom to the bedroom - there is a frosted glass door that doesn't shut completely and two shutter doors that you can close to the actual bedroom, but they don't really close completely either. Our shower was not completely cleaned as there was the prior guest's hair on the wall... we hadn't noticed until late in the first day when we went to shower and really didn't want to make a fuss and move being that we were only here for two nights. Everything else in the room appeared clean. The staff is amazing and very friendly, especially Javier at Naked Taco - ended up here for late night drinks both nights and breakfast one day... very good! The area is loud, meaning that people are partying until 4am and there's not much the hotel can do about it. I requested a quiet room and our room overlooked the alley between the hotel and Versace's mansion... The rooftop pool is small and decent for a quick dip, but I wouldn't plan on spending hours lounging. The beach is basically a joke. There is no dedicated area for Dream or signs for that matter, and you need to go to a hut and tell them you are with Dream. You are assigned two lounge chairs and get and towel that covers the chair, no towel to dry off. We read online that people steal from those who swim and didn't feel that the barely there staff would watch our stuff (there were lots of chairs and lots of people), so we brought our bag near the water to keep an eye while we jumped in quick (5 mins tops)... they cleaned off our chairs so we walked back to the hotel wet. We did lots of exploring though so it was perfect for that. Only checked out to pool and beach for ~30 mins each. If you don't plan on hanging at the hotel, it is perfect. If you want a relaxing stay with no venturing out, stay at the resorts further north.
Good hotel close to the beach. It’s located just behind Versaces former residence wich is kind of cool, and from the rooftop you can get a good look of that and South Beach. One of the best things is the rooftoparea. It is very comfy and got lot of sunbeds. The staff is really nice, especially Justin - cool guy with lots of info about the area and places to go out.
The hotel is located perfectly on south beach and is close to everything.
The staff is super friendly and helpful. Especially the Justin, super cool guy. I can really recommend a stay here. Our stay was for 12 days, and the location of the hotel made it the perfect place. You can ride an Uber to everywhere you wanna go in Miami in 30 minutes.
I wanna say that my stay at the dream was a great time. I had a pleasant time and Justin made sure everything in my way was taken care of and that everything I neeeded was handled. I appreciate his great customer service and his great hospitality and respect. I would be back soon. Thank you guys and your service team.