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
The best point of this hotel is it’s convenient location close to everything. Apart from that it is very average to low option. Noisy Air condition sistem. Small rooms, even smaller barhrooms. Breakfast simply terrible and cocktails a joke. If you wanna enjoy the beach 🏖 be ready to pay an extra 19$ for the beach umbrella as only sun beds are included in the hotel facilities. On top of that be ready to find out at check out that a resort fee of 30$ per day will be charge in your bill without any previous notice. And no you can’t discount the price of the beach umbrella. Nevertheless I must say there is another point is that some of the employees are really kind. Thank them for their kindness but unfortunately won’t go back.
This hotel is the perfect vacation place: rooms are clean, very modern, furniture is nice (a bit kitsch).
You may have to wait a while before getting into the lift.. but who cares if you are in holidays.
Location is very nice, but as hotels are quite closed to each other, views are a bit disappointing.
Location was good next to the beach and offers sunbeds and towels- although you pay 35 dollars per night extra tax for your stay! But the hotel is not as good as it looks in the pictures. When we got there the two guys at the front desk were really snob not at all friendly and talked to each other and laughed when we told them that the deposit they reserve on your card- in case you break something or buy something from the hotel- was insane!!! 400 dollars? seriously? It felt like we were booking a car! The man just gave us the key with no other information about the hotel so impolite and really snob. I wonder why he is working at the front desk.
At night there was a pool party so it was really noisy there was no way someone could go to bed before 4am- we didn't mind as we went to the party where we bought two drinks from the pool bar party which cost 20 dollars each-again insane charge.
The corridor that led to the rooms was dark and freezing cold and you can't really control the room temperature-it was either freezing or switched off. There were yellow stains on the bed linen but as soon as we called them a very polite housekeeper called Cynthia came and replaced it straight away. The room service sounded polite and helpful nothing like the front desk experience.
Beware that there are mosquitoes at the pool area and even in the rooms. The swimming pool is very nice but could have been cleaner.
Nice pool, very close to the beach, and only minutes from nightlife (Bodega was our favorite spot). We were impressed by the level of customer service from the following staff members: Blake, Ron, and Christine (the night time staff at the front desk and valet) were tremendously helpful in making suggestions for nightlife, restaurants, and just simply great to talk to.
If you want an amazing 50 minute massage request Manuel or Myra! The hotel does not have a spa, it is a room with two spa beds off from the gym, but these two massage therapists are so great at what they do you leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.
We spent the day poolside and were provided prompt service by Yilliam and Monique! The avocado toast with poached egg was our favorite. When the rain sent us in from the pool, we went to the bar by the piano lobby and enjoyed talking with Jordan, the bartender, as he suggested some great tapas and drinks.
Normally, I would say the entire staff at the hotel made our stay memorable, but unfortunately that is not the case. My friend and I noticed that the employees we mention gave excellent customer service and the other employees we encountered made us feel invisible. At one point, I was told by a daytime front desk employee that my room was not cleaned the entire day because I did not call and ask for an early cleaning?! Housekeeping got to our room at 6pm and the daytime front desk told us that we have to understand that cleaning rooms takes awhile and there are many rooms at the resort. The woman was very rude and it put it back on us that our room was not cleaned. While we were paying as much as everyone else, we watched other guests receive very different treatment than us on other occasions.
We made the best of our trip and were glad to have meant the staff members we mention by name. Hopefully, the hotel works to make all guests feel like a priority.
Great location, beautiful interior, terrific pool and beach, excellent breakfast, but too cold room (temperature cannot be controlled properly), rooms are too small, we got one of the worse views I can remember