The Cavalier Hotel
What We Love
- An original Art Deco hotel in the heart of South Beach, with breakfast includedChecking out the Atlantic views from the hotel – it’s right on Ocean Drive
- Beginning your Miami mornings with complimentary breakfast
- Instagramming the gorgeous Art Deco exterior, in white and pastels
- Splashing cash at the Lincoln Road Mall, a 15-minute walk
What To Know
- The hotel was recently renovated
- There's a parking garage right around the corner
- Free WiFi is fast
If you really want a sense of Miami’s Art Deco legacy, don’t simply visit the Deco District – stay in one of its original 1930s hotels. Stepping into Cavalier South Beach is as close as you’ll come to stepping into Miami history, with its fabulous neon-bathed, palm-fringed stucco façade and vintage-inspired interiors. The new redesign may not have been around back in the city’s Golden Age, but the views of the Atlantic from its outdoor patio have hardly changed at all. In other parts of the property, you’ll also find terrazzo flooring and nautical touches, both original to the 1936 design.
If you want a sense of the Miami today, you only have to step out of Cavalier – you couldn’t be more in-the-middle-of-it-all if you tried. You’re on Ocean Drive, after all, which means that along with the beach being right across the street, the most popular restaurants, boutiques, bars and clubs surround you in every other direction. Dine on sushi at the Lincoln Road Mall, sip a mojito at a lounge on Collins Avenue, and go dancing to the tunes of the DJ of the moment at the hottest club in town.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $17.10 per room, per night will be added on the payment screen. The resort fee includes Wi-Fi, coffee in the lobby, use of beach towels, club passes, use of a safety deposit box and two water bottles per room, per stay.
Please note that a refundable $200 credit-card authorization is required at check-in.
Rooms are mostly contemporary, with Deco touches here and there; many feature exposed brick, and all beds are dressed in Egyptian-cotton linens. You’ll have a Smart TV with all the major channels, and in your marble bathroom, chrome fixtures, a rain shower and C.O. Bigelow bath amenities. Classic King rooms and Deluxe Double rooms are both the hotel’s standard category; the difference is in their bedding configurations (one king bed or two double beds, respectively). Deluxe Ocean View King rooms are located in the front corners of the building, boasting views of the Atlantic.
You’re on famed Ocean Drive, within South Beach’s Art Deco District. This area of Miami is vibrant and eclectic, with whimsical pastel Art Deco buildings and the palm-tree-lined Lummus Park Promenade. Walk to the beach – it’s directly across the street from the hotel – and to the boutiques of Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road, for some unbeatable designer shopping. When the sun goes down, don your most club-friendly duds, and take to the many buzzing nightspots in town.
How to Get There
This is a small boutique hotel with bare essentials on the Ocean Drive itself. The best part of this hotel is the location. It is very close to the beach and the hotel provides beach towels for the boarders. It’s situated by the 13th Street and very near to many bars and restaurants. We stayed there comfortably for two nights. The only issue we had was with the air conditioning system. The control in the room does not work properly. We were told that the hotel is under renovation and although the website lists it as a feature, it stopped serving breakfast in the morning.
We stopped in to get an ac break after walking in humid heat. Free water and photo fun! This hotel’s lobby was so old school 1940’s architecture and decorated with green and black. My favorite one and we stopped a lot for hotel ac breaks!
We stayed here for a girl's trip in Miami. There were so many things wrong with this stay. The kitchen was non-functional and they did nothing to compensate for that. On our booking it said "free breakfast included in rate", but there was no breakfast or coffee, no drinks, microwave, or coffee pots. The air conditioner did not work, and if we ever asked a question about something they were very rude, argued with us and were insulting. They were so unprofessional it was unreal. In addition to being treated so poorly, nothing worked properly. The shower heads gave off no pressure, there was nothing to keep light from coming in through the window. They also tried to charge us for their mistake. We were so nice and courteous to the staff and always smiled. We felt like we were walking on eggshells the whole entire trip. On a positive note: The housekeeping staff was nice!
Who’s seen better days! I chose this hotel based on style, location and price, after not visiting Miami for twenty years and wanting to return. It looks great, with a quirky, stylish small lobby, a friendly woman receptionist and a very small ground floor room with two double beds. Thin walls, which I remembered from Art Deco hotels, when we stayed the previous time. The bijou hotel itself is fine, if minimal, but the location is now transformed into a seething mass of revellers. Unfortunately, Ocean Drive has lost its substantial and unique charm, due to the wildlife! I would recommend staying in another area in Miami.
Perfect spot in South Beach. Close to everything. Room was very nice with lots of space. Was a little noisy as others have mentioned. Would recommend that hotel have coffee in the lobby. The restaurant they partnered with for breakfast wasn’t very good.