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
Excellent stay, good location, excellent pool, room was lovely with good view, art work throughout gave excellent character, the majority of staff are friendly and helpful. Would stay again on the next visit. The hotel daily fee wasn't advertised well and was far too much for what you pay for.
Would recommend to anyone! Perfect location and for very reasonable price !!!
As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with best accommodations ! Starting from baggage service to reception desk.
Very informative staff and quick to help should you have any questions !
Beautiful hotel in the hearth of south beach. Everything is just round the corner.
All the staff is very nice and they do their best to make you fell at home.
This is my third time at The National , and i will be back on my next vacation to miami!
Thanks National to do my vacation an amazing time!
Good: Location. Pool.
Service: the staff are not friendly. They don't care really. The rooms are left unmade until late in the afternoon.
Facilities: although the pool is nice, they closed it on Friday and Saturday for a private event. Really?? If they told me that before I would have chosen another.
Elevator: old, slow, few. Had to wait 10 minutes to go up. Once even had to use the stairs.
Overall: not the hotel they say they are, or the one they charge for.
The service was top notch especially Ralph on the beach he was incredibly courteous ! He was informative had a great smile and good vibes you could tell he enjoyed his job to the fullest!