Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel
What We Love
- The hotel hosts a nightly lobby wine hour reception in the lobby from 5 to 6 p.m. and free morning coffee and tea service from 6 to 10 a.m. in the lobby living room
- A high-design boutique hotel on Miami’s Collins Avenue
- An eco-friendly property
- Free access to the fitness center (open 24/7)
What To Know
- A resort fee per night will be collected at the hotel (this includes two beach chairs, use of towels and chaise lounge covers poolside and more)
- Surfcomber is positioned on a narrow strip of land, so most of the rooms overlook the walls of adjacent properties
- Free WiFi is available for guests who register for the Kimpton KARMA program (registration is free)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
There’s been a boom of high-style, low-key boutique hotels along Miami’s South Beach, and the oceanfront Surfcomber Miami is at the heart of the trend. The property was transformed from two separate buildings—the Surfcomber and Seacomber—by design duo Dayna Lee and Ted Berner into a sunny mismatch of patterns and Art Deco accents (think terrazzo floors, lavender walls, and eye-catching artwork in the lobby). Wood sculptures made from downed Florida trees, glass display cases filled with vintage records, and coffee table books about surfing add a homey vibe, but unlike many South Beach hotels, the space is free from thumping house music. The 186 light and airy guest rooms have white-on-white furnishings and healthy in-room dining menus that highlight Surfcomber’s clean-living, eco-friendly nature. The building’s U-shaped layout means only a few rooms are truly oceanfront; most overlook either tropical courtyard gardens or the lounge chair–dotted pool, with the beach and ocean a few steps away. The outdoor pool area is exclusive to hotel guests, done up with lounge chairs, cabanas and the odd plastic cow or sheep—a fun but somewhat overplayed design conceit—and stays busy throughout the day. Friendly staff are on hand to organize in-room spa treatments, beach chair rentals and weekend yoga classes, but most guests simply roll from lounger to lobby for the free wine hour (from 5 to 6 p.m.).
In the Area
Jet over to downtown Miami and have french toast and eggs at S&S Diner, a restaurant with about 24 stools and loyal customers from hung-over club kids to construction workers. Or, ease into a Saturday night madness of Ocean Drive with sophisticated American wagyu beef at BLT Steak, an eatery known for such high-Florida desserts as key lime panna cotta. On Washington Avenue, you’ll find the Wolfsonian-FIU museum, which has a smart gift shop and café, the Dynamo. Continue getting your culture fix at the Cleveland Orchestra Miami, who calls the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami–Dade County home. But if you’re looking to stroll the streets and stores, walk down nearby Lincoln Road to South Beach for browsing at Books & Books, a great independent bookstore, or just stop at the pedestrian mall full of shops and restaurants – it’s an icon of Miami Modernism designed by the late, great architect Morris Lapidus.
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Stayed here a few weeks ago from may 4th to 9th.
Hotel was in a good location, close to restaurants and beach. Front desk was nice, however there were a few clear issues.
1) some days, our room was not clean until 430pm?, we had to ask them to come!
2) upon leaving, i noted a charge that i never made. they did remove it though. so make sure to review your check out bill.
3) resort fee? really? for what exactly? the keys that don't work and you have to exchange every single day?
4) this is a good 3.5 stars but not 4.5 star hotel by any reasonable standards.
5) rented a cheap car, but couldn't even park it to load my stuff... yet the Bentley in front of me? no issue.
6) no views there, was told by front staff that our room had one of the "best" views... there was no view., other than a wall outside our window.
7) will i stay there again? over a 3 star hotel yes, over a 4 star hotel , no way.
Hotel very clean and tidy. Rooms were small for three lads but didn’t spend much time inside so that wasn’t a problem. Brilliant location, right on south beach and only approximately a 15 minute walk to the shops. Wasn’t in the hotel much but the staff seemed happy and polite.
Ok, this is a true and accurate review. The rooms are extremely small and have very minimal furniture. The furniture in the room and the bed is nothing to write home about . It is on the scale of a three star hotel . The bathroom is extremely extremely small. There is only enough room for one person at a time. There is zero shelf space in the bathroom. The walls of the hotel are extremely thin. I could hear a man snoring next-door the first night we stayed. SMH. Please know what you're getting into when you book this hotel it is just a bed to sleep in. Like another reviewer see you at the concierge was very helpful and nice. Would I stay at this hotel again. Heck no! One good thing about it is the location and that's it.
My wife and I scheduled a last-minute four-day getaway and are very thankful that we came across the Kimpton Surfcomber. We stayed from Sunday to Wednesday and could not have asked for a better experience. We arrived early at 10:30 AM and had full access to the beach, pool and restaurant. From the front desk to the bar to the restaurant we were treated as if we had already checked in and were full guests. The staffed worked to get us in early and we received a text by around 2 o’clock that our room was ready for us. Chase, Dionne and the manager at the front desk were always delightful and Dionne automatically gave us a late check out on the last day as our flight was in the evening. We ate breakfast at The Social Club each morning and getting to know Ana was wonderful. She provided excellent service and great recommendations. Every afternoon we enjoyed lunch at the High Tide Bar and had great cocktails and a good selection of brews on tap. The food was always fresh and available for carry-out as we spent most of our time at the beach. Meeting Jane on her first day at High Tide was a hi-lite of the trip. There is a really nice sandy seating area by the bar which is a great place to relax and have a drink. The staff at the beach were attentive and friendly. Given that South Beach is a public beach watching the the staff work with people showed true professionalism at all times. The beach is a European style beach and thong bikinis of all styles were the predominant women’s suit of choice. Men wore either thongs or traditional trunks. All styles were perfectly accepted. Some women chose to sunbathe at the beach topless and there were no problems at all. We did not spend any time at the pool except for at the bar. My wife took advantage of the spa and had a 90 minute cafecito massage treatment that she greatly enjoyed. Our room was exactly as we had imagined. It was comfortable and clean. We had a garden view which was beautiful. We will be returning as soon as possible. Thank you for helping us make great memories.
I wanted to love this hotel. We booked a last minute trip and were provided with a room on the first floor, which was not optimal as there was a flight of steps and I was traveling with my 88 year old grandmother. There was no valet service to the room. The rooms were clean and well-appointed with great bath amenities and many items available from room-service. However, when we had called to request one of these items it took 3 calls to the front desk for it to arrive in our room. Valet parking is available, but be aware that it takes 30-40 minutes to retrieve your car once you make the request. Whatever you do, do not eat the restaurant in the hotel. I had the worst martini of my life, which had to be sent back twice, and my mother received a dish that was inedible due to the salt content. Unfortunately, it rained during our stay so we did not get to enjoy the pool amenities. You can't beat the location in Central South Beach.