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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
The Dream was wonderful from beginning to end. We stayed there for a night (11/7) before we cruised. When the taxi pulled up out front, Wesley came running out to get our bags right away. We were really early so our room wasn't quite ready yet. They stored our bags securely behind a locked door so we could head out to start enjoying South Beach right away.
The Dream is located right in the heart of everything - you can easily walk to stores, restaurants, bars, the beach, etc. There are some nice chairs out front and on the side of the hotel to sit and people watch. It is clean - every part of it. Everyone is more than willing to help with anything you need, and with a smile.
When we came back to the hotel, our room was ready. It was very nice - definitely more than spacious enough for the two of us. As other reviews have mentioned, there is no privacy for the bathroom so you definitely want to share this room only with someone you are very comfortable with. You can see into the shower from a couple of spots in the room so you might not want visitors there while you are showering. The room was very clean, very modern, and very comfortable.
We headed to the rooftop pool, which was so nice. There is a bar there (covered) and the bartender, Martin was the ABSOLUTE BEST! He provided outstanding customer service and entertainment to us the whole afternoon. The Dream is so lucky to have him. He's a consummate professional with extensive experience, which is very apparent when you meet him. We also met John, the taco slinger from the Naked Taco downstairs, who was fun and interesting as well. This bar is the most underrated bar in South Beach. It's a blast - go and enjoy it!
In the morning we were heading to the cruise port and Wesley was so prompt about helping us with our bags and securing a taxi for us. He is such an important part of why the Dream is so wonderful. We always want to sail out of Miami when we go on cruises so we will definitely be back to the Dream! Thank you for such a great time!
The location of Dream South Beach is perfect. Right on Collins Ave at 11th St, behind the Versace Mansion which is on Ocean Drive. Lummus Park and the large public beach are across Ocean Drive, so a very short walk. The hotel has an arrangement with Boucher Brothers beach service ... your resort fee includes 2 loungers and towels on the beach (an umbrella is $20 extra). We enjoyed the beach each day and the people watching is, well, quite a show given the almost anything goes atmosphere (e.g, super skimpy swimsuits, the smell of marijuana in the air, etc).
The Dream South Beach hotel is actually made up of two renovated art deco hotels, the Tudor Hotel and the Palmer House. They have maintained the art deco feel while also providing contemporary, updated amenities. The rooftop pool area was great. While not super large, we never had trouble getting two loungers right by the pool. There are also some nice areas on the roof to hang out at night and relax with a drink (High Bar is open late). The Naked Taco restaurant in the hotel is very good. They also have a happy hour, although the drink and taco selection is limited to just a few drinks and the Americano Taco (which was actually my wife's favorite). There is indoor and outdoor seating at Naked Taco.
The room was just as expected and pictured on the website. It is somewhat compact, but worked just fine (a little more clothes storage would have been nice ... maybe in place of the overpriced mini bar). Even though you are right on Collins Avenue our room was quite. The bathroom setup is unique ... it is split on both sides of the entry foyer into the bedroom area (glass shower on one side and sink/toilet behind frosted glass on the other side). It does allow one person to be showering while another is doing makeup or whatever; however, you need to be prepared to let your modesty go.
The elevator is very slow, so consider taking the stairs ... or be patient! The front desk and door staff were very friendly and helpful. Don't hesitate to ask for assistance. The hotel honored the room rate that was available through our travel club, so I booked directly with the hotel (emailed documentation was all that was required). I would definitely stay here again.
What a find - we loved our stay at Dream South Beach Miami - a block from the beach - South Beach is such a blast - the hotel is clean, very retro, staff are attentive and pleasant they truly can't do enough for you. the on site restaurant is nice although a little overpriced for the food.
We were on a 8 week holiday and the bed at Dream South Beach was the best of the whole trip - would not hesitate to come back and to recommend.
Right in the heart of south Beach on Collins avenue. 11th street so the quieter end though the road outside can be busy. Ocean drove and beach is 5 minutes walk via Lummus park. 2 Blocks away. Washington avenue opposite is less than 2 minute walk with bars, clubs and fast food places. Lincoln road mall is about 15 minutes walk away.
From MIA airport it takes about 25-30 minutes, super shuttle shared charge about 20 bucks. Overall great location to be in the heart of everything,
Deluxe room type very artistic, body & interesting space to be in. Large comfortable king bed with flexi reading lights either side & bedside tables. A clock/old iPod radio but has a line-in to listen to music on anything with headphone socket. Faces large Direct TV faces bed. Nice desk with interesting mirror as well as lighted vanity mirror. Full stocked but way over priced mini bar. Fridge is one of those digital ones, that let front desk know- so they will charge even if you just move a bottle automatically- so be careful. Oddly placed plug sockets but around room. Large safe and open wardrobe & drawers with robe and Umbrella.
Bathroom is in corridor with one side a large shower cubicle. Opposite with sliding doors is toilet & sink, Arabic temple designed lit up mirror. C.O Bigelow generous bottle amenities for everything including body lotion but no dental kit or bottled water, usual thing in Miami Beach.
Overall very artistic room with nice lighting that include chandeliers as well as mood lighting switches. Slept well & quiet despite main road outside.
Hotel offers free sign up WIFI that was fairly fast. Leisure facilities include a roof top swimming pool with bar & plenty of sun loungers, nice spot at night with view. SPA is offered as well at around 100$ a massage. There is a Mexican restaurant as well that does breakfast though not included & didn’t try. Always loved news cafe a few blocks away on Ocean so I go there when at beach. Hotel also have an arrangement with Boucher brothers on beach & you get a bed & towel set up included in resort fee.
Really pleasant & welcoming with check in including a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Quite flexible with late check out if they can. All very pleasant.
Overall a great room for the price which is better than some of the major hotels, quite romantic & arty. Exceptionally clean. Great position & would definitely come again.
This is probably the 5th time I’ve stayed at the Dream on South Beach. Value for money is excellent- and the location is perfect for all the best bars, restaurants and clubs. Beds are v comfortable and rooms have fun but relaxing style. Staff are all super friendly- particularly Chris on the door who was especially attentive and made us feel very welcome. Will be back!