SLS Hotel South Beach
What We Love
- Borrowing a BMW from the hotel to cruise around town (just within a three-mile radius, though)
- The stairs into the pool that descend from each private cabana
- Kooky cocktails like the margarita with “salt air,” a salty foam topping
What To Know
- The hotel charges a resort fee, which includes WiFi and beach chairs
- You could bring kids but we wouldn’t advise it, unless they like getting doused in Champagne
- Rooms are somewhat small
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Pack your Louis Vuitton luggage, your Chanel shades, and your best Miley Cyrus party face—life at the SLS is all about seeing and being seen. This South Beach spot is high-energy glam, with an emphasis on the playful. The Philippe Starck design keeps things unexpected: hallways are deep black, rooms are bright white, and the lobby feels like a transplanted log cabin with its vintage camping photos and check-in desk made of oak. The “anything goes” feel extends to the pools, surrounded by daybeds and for-rent cabanas, where the glitterati spend most of the day turning flirting into an art form. If you want to splurge, book a penthouse suite; these were designed by Lenny Kravitz and go hard with the gilt, leather, and bathtubs in the bedrooms. The food options are equally fab, from the Latin-influenced treats by celeb chef José Andrés to the stellar sushi from Katsuya Uechi. (Try the caviar-topped salmon sashimi.)
In the Area
Pop on your Speedo and hit the beach, which is where South Beach denizens go to work on their tans when they’re not reclining poolside. The SLS is surrounded by other high-end hotels which have their own decadent drinking and dining options, but work up an appetite first with a surfing lesson at SoBeSurf, down at the southern end of the beach, which also rents stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. For culture vultures, the Frank Gehry-designed New Word Center concert hall is home to the respected New World Symphony and has a varied calendar of musical events. Off the beach, get your caffeine and sugar fix at Salty Donut, a 20-minute drive west, which serves Intelligentsia coffee. Then head to the Pérez Art Museum to see an expansive collection of 20th- and 21st-century art.
How to Get There
The hotel is small and rooms also and a bit over priced, if wasn't for the amazing pool parties and beach access.So if you re looking for a great party this is ur spot because staying in the hotel gives u free access at the pool.only if you want table thats payable. The weird thing for me was that 90% of the staff was not fluent in english and spoke mostly spanish.The reception staff tended to be more carring of latino guests. I loved their beds ,had a good sleep.The food was not that great,be ready to eat out.over all the hotel is more for party people,young people and not costumer service oriented
Came in Friday during Art Basel for drinks and had a great experience! Natali was our waitress and was on the ball. Thank you Natali for being great! Being somewhat local to Miami Beach, I will be making trips back down to SLS due to atmosphere and service we received.
Very friendly staff
The environment around the hotel is buzzy.
The nightspot next door at Hyde Beach doesn't encroach upon the hotel.
A lovely restaurant Jose Andres' Bazzaar within the hotel, if a little pricey, is very good and attracts people from outside.
This is the to stay to area in south beach especially if going to Art Basel. But this hotel is not one of them.
The rooms are rediculously small. You have to go outside to change your mind. No closet. Only a single pole to hang a few items. It’s awesome if you like to live out of a suitcase.
Not suitable for couples. As the air vent in washroom is motion detected. So goes on and off as you move.
A vacuum cleaner was left right outside my door every single day. Added to the broom closet feel.
Arrival terrible. One person working with three open check in spots. Room wasn’t immediately available which totally understand. Arrived after an early morning flight so went to art fair. This was Wednesday before the city/hotel was busy. Called to see if room was ready and spoken to by rude clerk like I was a child. “Well did we call you and tell you your room was ready?” No. “Well then I guess it isn’t ready”. Can you check please. I’m really tired. “Well did we call you and tell you your room was ready. Please.
Generally nice people work there but just not trained or experienced. Great turn down service but make sure you close the blinds behind the curtain.
Great location but many many nicer places to stay. The Surfcomber. Delano. Royal Palm. Go every year and stay in this location.
The worst by a mile.
My colleague and I had a very long day at Art Basel and wanted to have a drink and a snack at the sls. The outside bar area was very busy and there weren't any seats at the bar. We were immediately approached by the manager Luis who asked if we would like a drink while we were waiting for a place to sit.
Luckily we found a quiet little table with inviting sofas and proceeded to have an amazing meal. We enjoyed deliciously prepared cocktails, flank steak marinated with expresso rub, coconut rice that was absolutely amazing and endive prepared with goat cheese and marconas almonds. Exceptional.
Several nights later we came back to meet some friends and we ran into Luis again and he graciously offered to get us a drink, this time on the house. It is so rare to get this kind of service in Miami during such a busy week. This kind of service is what makes me want to stay at the SLS, thank you Luis for your genuine care for your guests. All the best!