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
- 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
Top Notch Service, facilities and location. My husband and I will definitely come back! We stayed for a couple of days and enjoyed the resort like feel and direct beach access. The staff was very professional and met every need. Excellent Concierge and valet services too.
The National Hotel provided by far one of the worst customer experiences I’ve experienced in the hospitality industry. Upon check-in we were told that we would have to sleep in a King bed because the two twin beds we requested wasn’t available. We also requested a balcony view which was also denied upon check in because of overbooking. They offered a roll away bed to place in the room but first purposed we pay a $35/fee per night for their mishap which was ridiculous. After a back and forth they decided to give us the roll away bed at no cost for the first night and move us into the room we first desired the following day. The next day approaches and we request our switch as told by the previous employees from the day before and we were told the only room they had available with twin beds was a room without a television and told “its south beach who needs a TV anyway”. It wasn’t specifically about the TV but the service for your customer. We just checked in the day before to a room with a roll away bed and now you’re switching us to a room with no TV? There was no sense of empathy or uplifting service displayed by the management or employees at all. I was also questioned several times coming into the hotel because of my skin color; the employees would constantly ask (after seeing me enter the hotel multiple times) who are you here for? & what room are you staying in? While other people walked straight into without any type of interrogation. Oh and don’t forget the $100/night incidental fee and $28.50/night towel rental fee for “private access” to the beach. TOTAL SHAM. Worst experience by far in my 13 years of traveling.
Poor service at the main bar. The bartender requested to attend someone else, maybe my puertorican accent. Either way stay away. I would like to have a conversation with Daniel the Food and beverage manager or the GM Yaser [ - ]. Non of them were available at the time of my unpleasant time. My apologies if I misspelled the last name. Regards.
Just stayed there for a few days and everything was great. We were a group of 9 people and none of us had any issues. Rooms are nice and clean, pool /bar area is beautiful and never crowded and the staff is very nice and friendly. Would definitely recommend!
I have stayed here twice now once for work and once for pleasure. The hotel itself is fantastic great 1930s style. Most of all the staff from the guys on the door to check in to staff in the restaurant are just great. Super friendly and professional and helpful