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
Perfectly named hotel. Outstanding service at check-in. Wesley carried our bags and gave us several quick and very useful tips as we were walking to our room. The hotel is Art Deco and it is beautiful. The rooms may initially seem small, but they had everything we needed. Beautiful well-appointed room, bathroom, mini-fridge. Rooftop pool and bar are gorgeous. Beach service was excellent too, thanks to Charlie. After reading the reviews I was concerned about noise, no gym, no coffee maker etc. We were on the third floor (mid-week) and had no issues with noise. The hotel has an agreement with a local gym where you can work our but it was so gorgeous I just walked every day along the ocean. There is a great restaurant (Naked Taco) downstairs where you can get coffee and also Starbucks a block away. Way better than hotel-room coffee anyway. We had an amazing vacation here and we will be back!
We were looking forward to our first visit to Miami. Travelling with children it was key to be able to sleep and from reviews I knew noise could be a problem from the bars/restaurants. I called two weeks ahead of our stay asking for a quiet room but reservations would not even make a note on our wish as we have booked by Booking.com- then I contacted Booking.com and they made the request. We were placed right upon the Naked Taco with party, very loud music, bands etc until 5am every night. Cleaning is fine when done but you have to ask for it. Otherwise it will be after 4 or 5 pm. Location is good. Staff in reception, pool area are very friendly and very helpful. But all told we are not likely to return and best advice; avoid room 267, and don’t use any agency to book reservation if you want a fair treatment....
I ended up in this hotel as a rescue because my first hotel in Miami Beach was just impossible to stay.
The hotel is REALLY small, so are the bedrooms. Cleaning is very poor, upon my entry at the bedroom there was leftover pieces of a razor blade in the shower, I had the resort fee waived because of this incident, later my TV stopped working, they sent someone to fix it and it was a bunch of sketchy wires glued with insulation tape to the TV, looked like something improvised and illegal was going on there.
The pool is small, more like a hot bath tub at the rooftop, they run "pool parties" in some of the evenings, I had to take off. In one of the days I was there, I could hear a couple having sex in a close booth by the pool...
The hotel is on a different building from the concierge, is inside the restaurant, so when you come back from the beach in swim clothes you need to enter the restaurant to get the only elevator that feeds the whole building.
I've been to Dream Hotels in other locations and they were very good, but this was a waste a money... definitely not worth what they are asking for.
Staff was nice though.
From booking to check in everything was wonderfully easy. The employees at Dreams are great. Our Porter, Wesley, gave us a run down of the area and places to go, he definitely knew sooo much about the area, that made our stay extra special! The maid service was superior and each day they did something new and we just loved it! The bartenders at the rooftop pool bar were so pleasant and made our stay memorable. All the employees at Dreams were just wonderful. The location of the hotel is within a very short walk from everything in SOBE. And the beach is right there not even a block and beach service that come with the room is awesome! We can't wait to go back! The only drawback is no coffee makers in the rooms.
We had a really great time staying at Dream South Beach. From the moment we walked in we received a very warm welcome from Sarah at the front desk who made sure all of our needs were addressed. Wesley the bellman was also super friendly and helpful getting us into and out of our room.
The price is great for the location. Rooftop bar/pool is beautiful and has a great view. Room is small, but well appointed. One block from the beach & towels and chairs are provided. Hotel is pet friendly and Wesley even brought our little dog a bed of his own! Parking was also easy (valet) and we had no trouble getting our car in and out as we needed it.
5 stars, best hotel stay we've had in a long time. Look forward to returning.