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.
How to Get There
My daughter and I stayed at KSH over President's Day weekend. I am a Kimpton fan so felt good about reserving a room there. The hotel staff is friendly and eager to please which goes a long way. Also, the location is good, with access to all the SOBE has to offer.
However, the rooms are tired and tiny. The pool and pool staff are too crowded and overworked. The beach is also super crowded. The whole time we had the feeling that there were just too many people to be properly accommodated.
I would stay here again only if I got a super low rate. It feels like a 3 star property
We stayed here 4 nights and picked it as we wanted a beachside hotel that could work with a toddler. In retrospect not the best choice for families but singles, younger couples or for work would be most suitable. The website features kids but the staff do not feel informed this is part of the hotel profile, as we got several less welcoming looks from different staff (even some woman who felt like a manager).
- The hotel is nice with some cool design and unique features - take away cart in the lobby, a lot of socializing spaces with a cozy feel, games in the garden, yoga some days, hammocks etc.
- It’s 3-4 floors high located at a very central location on South Beach. The food by the pool restaurant is good (we went to Rosetta Bakery 2mins down the street for breakfast)
- The rooms are quite small but not abnormal for US boutique hotel.Nice shower products included.
- Beach and service there was nice
Some clear negatives:
- varied hospitality and service level, most of the staff felt less engaged and not flexible or seeking to delivering to hotel price level. Some exceptions, Dale by the pool and the team on the beach who held a great level!
- we got a room (2nd floor) with a view on to the wall of the hotel next door which was not nice at all (and must be the same for several others), courtyard view choice would be recommended.
- if you stay on the weekend the hotel next door (SLS) has day parties with loud music so chilling by the pool will not be so chill and people rent cabanas for day partying
- constant cleaning staff & stuff in the hallways, day and early evening
Note: would definitely not recommend this hotel for families on weekends - the place is like a constant pre-party with a young audience so you will feel out of place and less welcome in the public spaces.
Awesome staff , Chris was very helpful at the check in .. great stay will def be back. Location was awesome , great drinks at the bar. Complimentary bikes were a hit. Glass of wine as a check in bonus
Stayed here for business travel and pleasantly surprised. Used to more luxury but this hotel had a pleasant vibe regardless of the “dated” infrastructure. Quiet, comfortable and clean room. My view was the building g next door but that didn’t matter as I really did not spend much time there. Clean grounds and walking to the boardwalk gave me my view. Food yummy. Expensive cocktails. My White Russian was icky but service good. Hotel staff EXCELLENT especially Luis the bellman. The Valet attendants were on point too! I’d go back.
Booked a trip down to Miami only a few weeks out and booked Surfcomber based on availability and the decent reviews. Because we were paying with points and booking somewhat last minute, we knew we likely would be compromising a bit. Will not be back to stay, as we typically prefer a bit more luxurious hotel experience. With that said, here is our assessment:
-Location (Collins Ave out front, beach and boardwalk behind hotel)
-Pool area was pretty and well maintained
-Polite towel/chair staff at both the pool and beach
-Comfortable beds/soft sheets (pleasant surprise at this price point)
-Quiet room (perhaps we had quiet neighbors, but this also was a pleasant surprise at the price point)
-Bathrooms not clean/desirable (I live in NYC, so I’m ok with a small bathroom, but this bathroom was small AND not very clean... corners of tub and around fixtures were mildewy and discolored, bottom of tub had huge scratches)
-Maid service was iffy (we never received a fully restocked towel supply during our 3 night stay)
-Short staffed bellhop and front desk (had to wait ~10min for bags on the start and end of our trip)
-Pool area bathroom dirty (small and not well serviced during the day)
Overall it is decent for the price point; it’s a middle of a road of hotel. If we had paid more, I’d have been much more displeased with the experience.