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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The Diamond upgrade didn’t feel like an upgrade at all. The room was small and the TV was difficult to turn on/off or change the channel. Housekeeping would come in when you have the do not disturb sign on. The front desk was suppose to call when our room was ready but never did. Staff would watch you struggle with you luggage while you open the door and do nothing to help. The free breakfast is a $15 credit and almost everything cost more than $15 and the value of the food you get is less than $5 and you end up paying around $10-15 in additional costs, taxes and tip for two people. There are so many great Cuban breakfast spots that we forfeited our breakfast credits and went to other places. I think it is time to move to IHG, Kimpton really shines.
This hotel has microdot rooms, housekeeping still enters with a do not disturb sign on. Hotel manager was not pleasant. If you valet your car, call ahead 6 hours cause it took me over 45 min twice to get the car! Keep in mind I called over an hour prior to needing it! Faucet broke off the sink, over all worst Hilton I’ve stayed at! Side note, Anthony was pleasant! Also if your diamond or gold don’t believe your breakfast is included! They only credit you 15 dollar but fail to inform you of this!
We booked a single night at the Gale before embarking on a cruise the next day. The room we were given was located next door to a bar area with live music playing until 1 am. Not sure how they expected anyone on the first floor to sleep with singing, cheering and clapping until 1 am? The guests also had to walk down the corridor outside the rooms to leave the hotel. Very disappointed that we paid $350 to be kept awake for most of the night. When I expressed disappointment to the front desk in the morning, they apologized and then handed me an additional bill for a $25 'resort fee'. Room was very small and open concept bathroom does not allow for any privacy (toilet door latch broken and door slid open and showers in main part of bathroom had clear glass doors). Wish we had stayed elsewhere, not a Hilton Curio standard at all.
Good location, nice pool, and room very clear. The access to the beach with the chair was really nice. The only thing is that the resort fees (32$/night) are changed at the end and it was not clear that it was not included. I would inspect more transparency on that side!
We stayed at the Gale near South Beach for a family holiday and it was very good.
The staff were all very friendly and the hotel has great charm including a roof top pool.
Finding the entrance is a little peculiar, as you have to enter through the restaurant front!
When staying here, you can use a neighbouring hotel right on the beach, with a good pool, etc.
Tip for parking, right next door to the rear of the hotel there is secure parking at $20 per 24hrs.
I would deffo stay at the Gale again.