The Hotel of South Beach
What We Love
- A Condé Nast Traveler-endorsed designer Art Deco getaway on Collins AvenueThe complimentary yoga on Saturday mornings and chaises at the beach
- The glimmering rooftop pool, in the glow of the rooftop spire
- The hotel’s Historic Hotels of America inclusion, Condé Nast Traveler attention and TripAdvisor ranking
- The punchy design, from the colorful Todd Oldham lobby to the pool-centered L. Murray Dixon rooftop
What To Know
- One block away from the beach, and the hotel gives guests free beach chairs
- Due to its popular location, it can be noisy at night; light sleepers may want to bring earplugs
- Self-parking at a garage nearby is $15 a night, and valet costs $35
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
“The Hotel of South Beach” is a pretty bold name for a South Beach hotel (after all, there are more than 200 such stays), but then, The Hotel of South Beach is a pretty bold getaway. Designed by fashion icon Todd Oldham, it’s decked out in the punchiest shades of aqua, orange, red and lime green, with details like mosaic door pools and backlit room numbers. The 1939 building itself has quite a bit of character, too, with Deco architecture by L. Murray Dixon. A Historic Hotel of America, it’s even crowned with a soaring spire that glows cobalt over Collins Avenue.
All this very spirited design has given way to an equally spirited scene in and around the property, with cheerful breakfasts and lunches unfolding at the festive café and lots of splashing in the glimmering pool, which also resides on the rooftop. Energizing yoga classes take place on Saturday mornings and sunbathing sessions every day, on the private beach, where you get two chaise lounges. And as a result? The hotel’s garnered attention from the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor, where it holds a Certificate of Excellence and ranks in the top 20 South Beach hotels. Which means the ambitious title really isn’t so far-fetched.
Good to know
Our advertised lowest rate is available May through July, but every bookable date is still the lowest price for that room, on that night, that you’ll find anywhere online.
The cozy Hotel of South Beach rooms manage to serve as calm oases from the SoBe surroundings, while also echoing the beachy vibe. Expect a palette of either punchy (aqua, lime) or warm (orange, sienna) hues, plus calming, soothing touches, like rainfall shower heads and organic bath amenities. Upgrade to a newly built Ocean Front room for a private Ocean Drive entrance, along with a balcony, where you can watch the Miami sunrise.
Find breakfast, lunch and light bites at the Hotel Café, in a festive blue-and-green-striped room just off the lobby, accented with eclectic vintage lighting fixtures. Or, ascend to the rooftop, where the pool and glowing spire (from the building’s old days, as the Tiffany Hotel) are complemented by a craft-cocktail bar and lounge. If you’re craving something else, the restaurants of Collins Avenue begin right back downstairs and just out the door.
The hotel embodies fresh, modern SoBe cool, and so does Collins Avenue outside, lined with bars, lounges, restaurants and clubs. Other local destinations to visit include the Bass Museum of Art and the always-busy Lincoln Road Mall – and don’t forget the sands of the neighborhood’s namesake shores (not that you would, when the hotel already reserved two beach chaises just for you). To switch it up, explore the street art of Wynwood, taste your way through Little Havana’s Cuban eateries, or head out to Brickell, the resident financial district by day and a sizzling nightlife hub by evening.
How to Get There
Only 1 block from the beach and they provide free beach chairs and towels. Rooftop pool is small but never crowded and is nice with a view of the beach. The staff is friendly and the drinks specials daily are great. The rooms are on the small side and the bathrooms are very small. We were on the first floor so we had no view, the window was frosted and didn’t open so felt a little like a closet since we couldn’t see outside at all.
Nice and friendly at reception but we didn’t like the room. This hotel could do with a refurb. I felt like I was back in the 70’s. The pool area however is nice. It is also in a very good location. Just around the corner from Ocean Drive.
Thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay at this hotel. Apart from the location and rooftop pool, the staff were helpful and warm. Complimentary beach chairs and towels on reserved section of South Beach was the icing on the cake!