The National Hotel, An Oceanfront Resort
What We Love
- Direct beach access and two lounge chairs per room
- The two swimming pools are open 24 hours
- The meticulous attention to detail in the Deco-inspired decor (think steamer trunk side tables, rotary phones and record players)
- The Jazz Age–inspired Blues Bar
What To Know
- The hotel underwent a multimillion-dollar revamp in 2014
- Pets are welcome in the poolside Cabana Rooms (there's a cleaning fee)
- Although there’s no dedicated spa, a masseuse is available
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Cool cats have been preening at this legendary Miami Beach stay since 1939, and thanks to a multimillion-dollar overhaul — and a place on the Historic Hotels of America list — this Art Deco classic is having another heyday. The guestrooms have been revamped in painstaking detail, with rich hardwoods, chrome plate accents and terrazzo tiling in the bathrooms, along with whimsical touches like steamer trunk side tables, rotary phones and record players. There’s enough clean-line modernity at play to rescue the look from feeling too gimmicky, although diehard Jazz Age fans can get an unadulterated nostalgia fix in the Prohibition Era atmosphere of the Blues Bar. Things are much more up-to-date South Beach–style once you venture outdoors, where the chic infinity pool, which is lined with palm trees and cabanas, offers a glamorous hideout for those wanting more privacy than the scene on nearby Miami Beach. (Guests can also opt for a massage in a cabana or their own suite under the soothing hands of Melisa Brown and her team from UneedaMassage.) The menu at Tamara Bistro (named for provocative Jazz Age artist Tamara de Lempicka) hews close to bistro classics like salade niçoise and steak frites, with the occasional foray into healthy options such as grilled tofu with couscous and vegetables, to keep the svelte set happy.
In the Area
Pick up a glamorous poolside outfit or a piece of contemporary art in the Miami Design District, a wonderland of fashion, art, design and dining around four miles from the hotel, or hit the famous Bal Harbour Shops, where you can drop some serious cash on big name designers like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabbana. Or save your dinero and cash in on wonder instead by taking a stroll through Miami’s iconic Art Deco District, where some of the world’s best-preserved and most impressive Deco architecture lives. Skip the scene at South Beach’s hotel hot spot restaurants and nosh instead at Joe’s Stone Crab; this no-frills century-old icon is the place for crab cakes, lobster rolls and other nostalgic feasts.
How to Get There
great afternoon my name is frank I stay at the National hotel and it was amazing stay at the beach you have BLADE who help us out whit or umbrella and Cheers he is Polite and I would love to stay at the hotel Again. And at the pool I love it as well.
I have been frequenting Miami for the last 20 years and this hotel in South Beach is it for me! I had my daughter's baby shower here in December and decided to return for the 4th of July weekend. Room is well appointed, staff was AWESOME! We were totally into the retro look in the rooms. Ours had an old speaker turned into a mini-fridge.
Overall I'd recommend this to anyone visiting South Beach for a 1st time, or the 200th time. Thanks again National Hotel for a memorable time and stay!
The pros- the pool is open 24 hours, but after sun down the bar and towel tent shut down. The lobby smells really good. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.
The cons- rooms are small, bathrooms are smaller. There is not good lighting in the room.
When we first arrived we could not find out room, luckily a house keeper was in the hall and directed us to go into the stairwell to find the door to our room. This made us feel a little weird, that our room opened into the stairwell. We booked with a group and was not anywhere near the rest of our group. As part of our group we were told the room would be ready by 4, didn’t get access to room until closer to 4:30
The bathroom was not designed for wide hipped people as there was barley any room between the sink and the wall for the toilet. Ditch the walk in closet and expand the bathroom. Add some better lighting!
Beautiful art deco hotel, huge pools, quiet room, amazing drinks at the hotel bar.
Thank you to Mariano for the wonderful breakfast & basket!
The National made our anniversary very special: we look forward to coming back for our next special occasion.
I have wanted to stay at the National hotel for many years & I was finally able to this week. A big letdown. Yes, the 205 foot infantry pool is amazing. That's about it. It's an average hotel charging deluxe prices. My king size bed room was ok, a bit small but manageable for 2 people, the view of the pool area from the 5th floor was so-so, more of a view of a roof. My major complaint was this hotels resort fee...$34.50 per day per room. I am well aware of these hidden fees hotels slap on you, but to have to "pay" for beach access & pool access & lounge chair access at a beachfront hotel with a pool is just plain robbery. Their room rates aren't inexpensive either. Oh I forgot to mention that pool or beach towels are lumped into that fee....yippee....my 1st day there they ran out of towels at the pool, I had to go get them from my room. The 2nd day there I waited for 45 minutes at the beach for towels. I was finally told their dryer broke & the towel service truck broke down, so again towels from my room. 1 more issue I have is that there was no coffee/tea maker in the room.