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 stayed at Dream South Beach for one week and I have mixed feelings about this hotel. I loved the intimate pool area and the incredible pool attendants (Andrea, Justin and Hazien). They provided exceptional customer service and set a very high standard. The pool and the pool attendants made my stay at Dream South Beach a delight. I was not particularly fond of my room. The lighting in the room was very dark, which made it difficult to get ready. My room faced the interior courtyard so natural light from the window was hard to come by, not to mention that there was not much of a view or privacy. There is limited storage space in the room so pack light if you are planning on staying at this hotel. Housekeeping was hit or miss and dust could be seen throughout the room, despite the dark lighting. The best part about my room was the bed, which I found to be comfortable. The walls in my room were paper thin. I could hear all of the conversations of the guests in the adjacent rooms. This was particularly bothersome at night, as I could hear doors slamming and people yelling as they returned to their rooms at 4:00 a.m. after a night out. Therefore, the sleep quality was poor. My room was situated in the building with the Naked Taco Restaurant. It was a bit awkward walking through the restaurant every time I had to exit and enter the hotel to access my room. Overall, Dream South Beach is a suitable lodging option, depending upon your individual needs. Considering my wish list, I am not sure if I would stay at this hotel again, if I ever return to Miami.
Naked Taco is the best Mexican retaturant in South beach!When i first got inside the Hostess Danielle escorted me to my table. Super sweet & lovely young lady. My server Jonathan was amazing. I am guessing he is a new server because i never seen him before in Naked taco. Mr.Jonathan is super kind & energetic! He is such a postive young man & really took care of me. If anyone ever needs a server i suggest Jonathan! What i really like about this restaurant is that the staff is super helpful & customer service is amazing! Most definitely coming back to naked taco:)
Everyone was incredibly helpful and welcoming. The rooms were beautiful and luxurious for the price. I ordered room service for breakfast, which happens to be from the restaurant next door - the food and coffee was great and reasonably priced. There is also a parking garage close by for a decent cost. Not to mention it is close to the beach and all South Beach locations. I would definitely recommend!