Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel
What We Love
- The jetset-friendly decor, with its luxe textures and chic artworks from cult photographer Sante D’Orazio
- An unbeatable setting on Collins Avenue, steps from the beach
- The heated saltwater pool, which has an underwater sound system, private cabanas and loungers
- Inventive Mediterranean fare on the Driftwood Room's buzzy outdoor terrace
What To Know
- The hotel opened its doors in October 2015
- Most of the hotel’s public spaces will be available for private events
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designed in the 1950s by illustrious architect Morris Lapidus (known for his eye-catching neo-Baroque Miami buildings), this South Beach icon has been totally reinvented for the 21st century by ultrahip SIXTY Hotels. The style falls somewhere between nautical-inspired breezy beach house and glamorous residential crash pad; the 250 airy guestrooms feature a soothing neutral palette and custom artworks from cult photographer Sante D’Orazio, along with luxe textures like white marble floors, sisal rugs and studded leather wingback chairs. Flashes of design brilliance abound, like vintage steamer trunk–inspired minibars that evoke the golden age of travel. The head-turning lobby, a hub for Miami’s abundant beautiful people, features tufted gray linen sofas and metallic orange leather chairs, while outdoors, guests can preen by the heated saltwater pool, which features an underwater sound system, private cabanas, a pool bar and a lawn leading down to the beach. Helmed by celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli, the Driftwood Room is a white-hot addition to the South Beach dining scene, with its Mediterranean and Floridian-accented fare and buzzy outdoor terrace spanning 1,950 square feet.
In the Area
Sure, you could blow some serious cash at any of the swanky high-end bars and restaurants lining South Beach, but why not explore the city’s cheap-and-cheerful side instead? Start at the South Beach outpost of My Ceviche, a fun cevicheria from Miami hospitality fixtures Sam Gorenstein and Roger Duarte that serves top-notch wild seafood, bright zingy salads and tacos using free-range meat. Need to eat something to soak up those adult beverages you consumed poolside? Get thee to La Sandwicherie, a Miami Beach go-to for sandwiches both All-American (the Terminator features three different kinds of meat, plus provolone) and Euro-influenced (croques every which way.) If you’re feeling in more of a Latin mood, hop over to El Mago de las Fritas for some authentic Cuban sandwiches or fritas, Cuban-style hamburgers loaded with delicious calories galore. Or, if you’re feeling posh but don’t want to spend a lot of dosh, slurp freshly shucked oysters at the River Oyster Bar; at the daily happy hour (4:30 to 7 p.m.) you can snare a dozen oysters for less than 20 bucks.
How to Get There
We spent the last day of a fabulous week in Miami at the Nautilus - its pricey, but worth every penny! The location is excellent with the shopping areas of Lincoln Drive just a couple of blocks away.
We booked a balcony suite which was just lovely - the most comfortable bed we experienced on our travels. For what we paid however, I would have expected breakfast included.
The pool area is really nice - with very attentive staff keeping a sharp lookout for opportunities to make you comfortable. The garden area have comfy seating and pods providing a perfect lace to enjoy the onset of evening.
We were kindly given a late check-out as we had a late flight back to the UK - so, many thanks to the excellent reception staff.
The Nautilus would definitely be my first choice for future trips to Miami.
Upon arrival the front desk person (sorry I forgot her name) was very sweet, professional and welcoming. I ended up getting an upgrade to a spacious room. PLUS free drink tickets, it was my lucky day!
Rooms are modern and very clean, I stayed for 6 nights for business and my room was spotless when returning every day.
Pool area is nice and typical for Miami, I prefer the beach which is right outside the back of the hotel.
Unfortunately I cannot give 5 stars due to the rude employee working outside. I asked about a taxi and he just said "oh you could go out to the street to look for one". Hmmmmm, it wasn't even a busy time, in which I would have no problem finding a taxi, I am from NYC so I know how that works but I was asking him is it is better to Uber or call a taxi straight away...he didn't want to be bothered.
Anyway, that was my only negative experience. I had food by the pool which was ehhhh, a bit bland. However, the breakfast was DELISH!
Prime location, you could walk everywhere.
I would definitely stay again!!!
I’ve been visiting Miami monthly since my company relocated to miami. The Nautilus has become my home largely in part to Evan the lobby bartender. The conversation flows, introductions made and I fell more comfortable here than in any other city. Thanks Evan. See you next month.
Great rooms, amazing food and the exceptional service at the bar. We were able in a short time to experience all the hotel offers.
Thank you for a great memory! Not much more to be said! Thank you Evan, we will be back soon to see you!
We just checked in today and the place is not very nice. The common areas and the pool are fine, but the room is a dump. I can live with a small room, but the bathroom is so tiny it just doesn’t work. There can only be one person at a time and there is nowhere to even put a toiletry bag. There is a small glass partition for the shower and the bathroom floor gets very wet and slippery from showering. The materials are cheap. The windows are dirty, there is peeling cracked paint, amateur sloppy painting, dirty grout, torn wallpaper...... I will post pictures tomorrow, but we are going to discuss changing hotels at dinner.