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
I would be remiss if I didn't write a review for the way Hannah treated me. My key was deactivated and I went to the front desk to have it re keyed. Unfortunately the young lady who checked us in did not add me to the room. I had to call my cousin in the back of the hotel near the pool for authorization to add me. Feeling like forget the whole thing to my surprise Hannah says "I'll walk back there with you". She escorted me back to the pool area, met with my cousin, and re keyed everybody's key that was in the room with us! A level of hospitality that caught me completely off guard. Keep up the good work SLS, and Hannah is obviously a keeper!
Great experience staying in this hotel, front desk Jorge extremely professional and caring, i will definitely recommend it!!! I will be back soon with friends and family. Thank you all for your help..
The pool parties at the SLS are so good!!!
I was there for memorial weekend so it was extra busy and even better than normal at the SLS.. I would recommend staying there dragon lounge upstairs is nice and of course... katsuya I go to katsuya we’re ever I can find out so having one in your hotel perfect!
I was there for one night and had the best experience. The checkin with Zaita at the front desk was quick. She was very polite and told me they couldn’t accommodate a double bed but they upgraded us to a bigger came up with the solution of bringing in a spare bed. Perfect. The concierge Freddy was amazing and helpful with suggestions for dining around the area. We did leave a couple times behind and Mel contacted us, assisting with getting the items back to us. Overall amazing stay and even better team.
I booked a suite and king guestroom for my friends bachelorette weekend. It was impossible to get through to the front desk to make any changes to the reservation prior to the trip and while staying at the hotel I was constantly on hold for anything (housekeeping, ice, ect). They also charged my card for charges that were not ours and I am still going back and forth with their accounting department over small charges (but on principle they are not mine).