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
Awesome experience. The room was clean and comfortable. Location was perfect. It was close to everything with great shops and cafes nearby.The staff are super friendly and Edgar was aces in my book. The restaurant in the hotel is excellent with the best tiramisu. The pool was closed but they provided access to the Shelborn. Overall a fantastic experience and we will 100% book again.
I booked a prepaid room for December (during Miami Art Week) using Otel.com back in June and the hotel confirmed my booking in July, stating they had received payment from Otel.com. On 30 November the hotel emailed to say that my booking had been cancelled. There was no explanation, so I had to ask why. They said Otel.com had not paid them. I spent 3 days trying to resolve the issue but Gale then said they had no contract with Otel.com - despite the email from them in July stating they did have. I am having to battle to get my money back, even though Gale had emailed me in July to confirm the room was paid for and booked. Otel.com said it sounded like my booking may have been cancelled by Gale so the hotel could upsell the room. It's interesting to read another reviewer has posted one week ago to say the same thing happened to him. I had wasted 3 days chasing my booking before my holiday, rather than planning my holiday. I then had to book a new hotel two days before going to Miami which was stressful and cost substantially more as most places were fully booked as it was Miami Art Week. I ended up having to stay further out, as I had already lost $700, thanks to Gale. I would avoid booking a room with this hotel when Miami is busy/booked out, as you could end up losing your booking at the last minute too. They probably have rich/powerful regulars who need rooms when the hotel is full. My holiday to Miami has been ruined by their actions and I am still chasing Otel.com for my money back.
Everything you could want in a small Hotel.I could walk to beach. Ocean Drive is right there. Clean very Clean place I will only stay at the Gale 4star chain hotels. Some places on the beach are dirty. My Business parters picked the place I would not of been there. Read reviews they are true on the beach. Staff was great also top people. I will complain about how long it took to get my car. 45 mins was stupid long call ahead for your car. It was a weekday to. Sam
Stayed during Art Basel weekend and was in a room on the 2nd floor. From 11pm-4am, there is absolutely THUMPING music coming from the club below the hotel that you can feel reverberating in all guest rooms up to the 4th floor. It is so loud that you can make out the lyrics to the music from the basement club while laying in bed (fun!)
I, along with probably 20 others, made several complaints to the GM throughout the night (I was probably downstairs 4 different occasions), and the volume never changed. The staff had said there were "private events" and there "wasn't much they could do" (verbatim). You can feel the floor shaking in the lobby.
The hotel is old, the rooms are the smallest I've ever seen in South Beach over the last 15 years staying there. Yes, it's cheap relative to the other hotels in that part of town, but it's truly a horrible experience staying there. I've stayed in plenty of other hotels with clubs attached (Fontaineblue, W, etc.) and noise was far worse than anything I'd ever experienced.
My advice - unless you plan on being out till 4am (in which case you'll be totally fine!), do not stay here.
I ended my stay here early and went to another hotel ultimately. After pleading with the staff, I was able to get 50% off my stay and some of my money back, which was the only positive. I would have paid double to shut the music off.
Giovanni with Gale South Beach really took care of us, finding a better car transit back to airport than uber or lyft :)!!
Beautiful hotel design, comfortable bed and room, sweet amenities, and perfect location for events in Miami Beach / South Beach. Front desk staff were all very friendly and helpful.
Excellent espresso from their Napoli Barista. The Lounge bar, the Regent, is a sexy spot to hang for a drink, including quite talented live bands
Highly recommend for couples ❤️