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
A wonderful hotel with a wonderful service. We stayed there for two nights and it was excellent. Our room was with balcony with ocean view so we had an amazing experience. We could stay outside with the sound of the beach....
If you are planning a trip to South Beach and you want to stay on the beach in a beautiful, yet affordable hotel - let me tell you right now that your search is over. From the moment we pulled up we were taken care of. From the bellboy, to the reception desk - the concierge to the cleaning staff and restaurant staff - they are all so sweet, warm, welcoming and inviting. The decoration is very upper class, shabby chic and when you get back to the hotel at 4AM -- which was my nightly -- the dim lighting and comfortable art and deco doesn't shock your degenerate system, but instead lulls you into a non-judgmental sleepy state before you even enter your room. I cannot tell you how accommodating the staff is, especially the night manager (I think his name is Sunny....) is the absolute best and can't tell you how sad I was to leave the hotel. Yes, its true that the marble in the bathroom is fake, and you sometimes may not have the best view -- but those were the only two complaints I could rustle up. Everything else was perfection!!!
Best Decision we made was staying at Nautilus. The hotel was upscale, super clean, and a great location. The staff was AMAZiNG! Everyone from The beach team ( CJ and crew) , the pool staff (Carla and Luna were awesome) , and the restaurant staff. We also had an interaction with Amanda the manager and she was wonderful. We will definitely stay here again.
Fantastic place for destination wedding or for large groups. Staff friendly and helpful. Minor housekeeping issues easily remedied. Great location - we ate in the area and at the hotel, direct access to the beach, walking/biking. Try the ice cream a few doors down!
Wonderful wonderful staff! Must try the Sunday brunch, an outrageous display of delicious food, live music and fun great servers! Luna at the pool was accommodating and referring to my friend and I by our first names, now that is customer service! The pool was so relaxing and had a great vibe. Rooms were clean. Our stay was perfect! I’ve worked in hospitality business a long time and I understand what it takes to have a great staff, so we’ll definitely be back!