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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
How to Get There
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Had reservations at Kimpton Topaz in Washington DC November 11. Yesterday. Called to confirm and was told hotel was closed! No one informed us. We just found out on a lark.
Corporate IHG very unsympathetic and admitted guilt by refunding a non refundable reservation.
They don’t seem to know what’s going on.
You all can figure it out. Good luck.
Nikola and Carmeco were super helpful and solution oriented!! They went the extra mile to accommodate us and were Very friendly and considerate. Awesome & chill pool area with hammocks and beach access. Thank you.
We loved the visit! Our poolside service with Taylor was amazing and above and beyond. The rooms were clean and tidy. The beach attendants were very nice and family friendly. We enjoyed the stay. Thanks for a great family vacation