Gale South Beach
What We Love
- Prime location in the heart of South Beach
- The rooftop infinity pool plays underwater tunes and is primely situated in all-day sun
- Three on-site nightlife options: an oaky den with crafted cocktails, a subterranean ’70s dance club and a rooftop bar with SoBe views
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What To Know
- The hotel underwent a complete $35 million renovation in 2012
- A $25 resort fee per night (including WiFi, beach chairs at the Beach Club and a $15 food and beverage credit) will be collected upon check-in
- No direct beach access; but you'll get lounge chairs and waiter service at the Beach Club
- Some basic comforts are compromised due to space: The ice machine is in the lobby, the fitness center is small and the guestroom closets are teeny
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The original Gale South Beach was built in 1941 and underwent a $35 million tip-to-toe renovation in 2012. The modern incarnation combines glamorous, retro decor with a maritime influence, harkening back to the days when cruising was downright elegant. Expect mirrored details — from the tissue boxes to the sconces to the dinette car-like lobby desk — alongside classic nautical-inspired navy and white decor. The black-and-white photos of Miami beach scenes (many of which feature members of the hotel’s owners families) add to the hotel’s nostalgic charm.
Bed and Bath
Fresh white linens with navy detailing make for clean lines in the guestrooms and the furnished, private balconies that come with some rooms. A similar linearity is echoed in the bathrooms, where the walk-in rain shower and ample supply of bath products from Menin’s signature brand, GuyandGirl, remind you you’re still among modern-day creature comforts. There’s plenty of tech, too: A flat-screen TV equipped with Internet access (wireless keyboards can be found in bedside tables) and iPod docking stations keep you charged up and in touch.
South Beach is known for its nightlife, but the Gale’s three hot spots mean you may never want to leave the grounds. Stop for an after dinner drink alongside Miami locals at the Regent Cocktail Club, where cocktails are expertly crafted to live music; take in the views at the rooftop Regent Bar (which offers movie nights courtesy of the wall projections at the New World Symphony, across the street); or head to the subterranean Rec Room — a funk-era lounge lined with 1970s records, board games and fishnet-adorned leg lamps — named after the VIP area of New York’s Bungalow 8.
In the Area
After a day spent beachside or hitting the shops on nearby Lincoln Road, head west on 16th Street to the year-old Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a buzzy, Low Country–inspired restaurant where fried chicken, waffles and Buffalo Trace Bourbon reign supreme. You’d be wise to make a reservation if you’re going for dinner, though — founder John Kunkel’s restaurants are known to rack up quite the scene. Wash down your gastronomic indulgences with a drink next door at the locals-only Abbey Brewing Company, Miami Beach’s oldest (and only) brewpub. Once you’ve loosened up a bit, head to Mansion for the quintessential South Beach nightlife experience; this gargantuan 30,000-square-foot megastructure plays host to world renowned DJs (think Tiësto, John Dahlbäck and Steve Aoki) every night of the week.
How to Get There
This hotel was very nice and clean. The rooftop pool was also great, along with having access to the Shelborne Hotel’s pool and beach. Conveniently located near everything. The room and balcony areas were great. My only issues were the tiny ants in the bathroom, our phone not working, and the carpet near the balcony soaked with water whenever it rained. Other than that this is a great hotel, the staff and concierge were very pleasant and friendly.
I had an issue and the GM Kevin Waldstein personally handled the situation. He seemed caring and went the extra mile to make us satisfied. Location was very convenient and close by beach access was part of our hotel accommodations. Nice electric car shuttle at night so we didn't have to worry about driving or parking.
Our first impression of Gale South Beach was terrible. We arrived just before 11pm, tired and grubby after a 24 hour journey to be told by the guy checking us in that he could not give us the room with two queens that we had booked (as shown on our confirmation) and we had to take a double room instead. After we explained that this would not be acceptable he called his manager, Sharonjoy, who reinforced this message. A further 2 phone calls to sSharonjoy (and an hour later) and they finally agreed to give us two rooms for that night, but we had to put a credit card on the second room because ‘we don’t know if it is our fault’. In effect, saying that we would have to pay for the second room.
The next morning we contacted our travel agent and had them contact the hotel (ie Sharonjoy). It took the hotel 8 hours to finally respond back to our agents confirming that our documentation was correct and that we would be moved into a room with 2 queens that day. To add insult to injury absolutely no apology was forthcoming.
Other little niggles with service included an apparent lack of interest in serving us with a pre dinner cocktail. The bar was not staffed and the tables outside were not being waited on ‘because it is raining’ (it wasn’t raining). Finally, on check out the guy behind reception could not confirm that the hold on the credit card on the second room had been cancelled.
On the positive side the hotel is in a great location, a couple of blocks down from Ocean Drive, right across from the beach and 10-15 min walk from the main shopping area. The rooms are clean and well furnished. The valet parking is a rip off (park in the lot round the corner more cheaply) but the valet parking staff did at least provide good service and were cheerful and accommodating.
Overall, this could be a great hotel if management took their responsibility for providing good customer service seriously.
My advice? Check out the hotels near the Gale and book one of those. The service is bound to be better.
Just going to Miami to stay with you nights booked in at this hotel it was very clean very friendly but one disappointment when I read it to check out I have to pay a $50 fee which I have told about when I checked also there is no coffee in the room And when asked when I checked about breakfast there was no information about coffee machine downstairs there was lack of information when I checked in was very disappointed with this hotel at the end of my stay speak to the manager and she was no help also so read the fine print because you don’t want any surprises when you ready to check out that is why I’m giving this hotel one star
Nice and very clean rooms, the beds are very comfi, great pool on the roof. Location nice, close to the beach and you get 2 beachchairs and towels. Very friendly staff.
Breakfast a little bit to expensive, but lots of opportunities to have it somewhere else.
We loved our stay here and definitely come back.