SLS 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
- Parking On Site
A glitzy homage to South Beach decadence, complete with a celebrity pool scene and naughty touches like mirrored ceilings
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
We found the SLS after our Key Largo, all-inclusive burned down 6 months prior to our arrival. (We already had the airfare to Miami).
During our stay the concierge at SLS, Fernando, helped us obtain transportation to/from the airport plus so much more. It is amazing what good, friendly advice can do for a vacation. He helped us borrow the MOKE (electric 'jeep') and zoom down Ocean Dr. If we had chosen, we could have rented the exotic cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc. After our expedition down South Beach, we went through the hotel pool area on our way to the beach.
The pool party at Hyde is something to witness.... a scene out of the Playboy mansion. Part of the glamour (an cost) of the hotel is there are beach chairs 'reserved' for guests. The gentlemen working there were very friendly and helped us secure two chairs. Beach food and beverage service is slow, but very nice.
Our restaurant dining experience in the hotel was one of the best we have had on any vacation. The food, service, view & cleanliness were 5 star. The spanish theme was very unique. I'm sure there are loads of great restaurants in South Beach, but the choices within the SLS were impressive.
The rooms & hotel are very clean. Our hallways was painted dark, but it was very interesting feel. The people cleaning our room were kind and attentive.
Something to keep in mind, the 'pool parties' all involve a DJ. On Saturday, the party starts at 10pm and ends at 2am. The noise is tolerable, but hardly a quiet, windswept evening under the stars.
Overall, we would certainly stay again and recommend to friends and family.
I’ve come to Miami several times and stayed at other 4+ star hotels and not one compares to the SLS!! We just wanted to spend the day before our flight at the Hyde pool. Fernando was extremely accommodating and we had a wonderful day there and at the beach.
When we got to the airport our flight was cancelled. Immediately I thought of staying there instead of any other cheaper hotels due to Fernando’s hospitality. When we got back we told them what happened and they upgraded us to an ocean view room! The room was so amazing, the most comfortable bed, amazing waterfall shower and the most amazing view. They have all the amenities you need, it’s a beautiful hotel with an amazing restaurant and amazing pools but the service was excellent.
I will never stay in a different hotel when we come back to Miami! Thank you Fernando, and thank you SLS for making our stay so unbelievably amazing!
At lunch today my server Edgar Prado made a not so good day here in Miami Beach so much better with his information and help on things to do on a not so good weather day and also by the way was great at suggesting on our food, this guy was great and best attitude here at the restaurant. 3 thumbs up.