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
Stayed here for a few nights before we went on a cruise, got there late due to the Queues at Miami airport customs, were welcomed by hotel staff by name, easy check in and WiFi connected straight away.
Porter brought up our bags and showed us around the room, complementary bottle of wine as it was our honeymoon,
AC was all over the hotel which was great as it was really hot outside,
Rooms had water, fridge, telly, safe, coffee machine but the rooms were slightly small
We priced getting laundry done but was way too expensive, cheaper to go out and buy clothes expensive!!!
Breakfast wasn’t included but you got a $30 voucher towards your breakfast....
Pool on the roof and you had access to a cart that would bring you around within a 5 miles radius all for free.
Would definitely stay here again, close to beach and all shops!
Bathroom/shower not private no coverage
Bathroom shower leaked
Pool very nice on rooftop
Location good on main street
Restaurant onsite was good for dinner and breakfast with outdoor seating available
The staff was standoffish not welcoming and not accommodating. The rooms were average nothing special. The breakfast was very limited. I was not recognized as a gold member. Paid a resot fee but definitely not a resort.
I fell in love with this place ! It’s boutique hotel but they have everything you need. Great location, rooftop pool, gym, access to the beach, restaurant and bar. Great service, staff was very friendly. Thank you Oleksandra and Olena they were spectacular! Definitely come back.
Since we last visited, the Gale is now a part of the Hilton Curio collection. Improvements include coffee makers in the room and a food/drink service at the roof-top pool. The Gale never fails to please...the staff is extra attentive - Carolina, Manager at the front desk, was friendly and very helpful in recommending places to eat and visit, Ricky, our bellman, went out of his way to assist with our luggage, Edgar, the concierge, never ran out of ideas and was always ready with a helping hand. The shuttle is very convenient and will take you just about anywhere in Miami Beach (special shout out to Eric for always being on time and playing some great music). Although pricey, Dolce has awesome Italian food - special thanks to Anna at the bar for making everyday special - her smile and enthusiasm is contagious. Thanks to all at the Gale who made our vacation extra special - it was like going home again.