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
If you visit the National Hotel and you need anything Nate is your man. You can find him on the beach, the cool guy with a friendly smile, a familiar handshake and pearly whites. Sound advice, great knowledge and inside tips on how & where to travel about town.
Thanks Nate for making us smile 😃
I went to the beach today at the national hotel and had a nice day and got great service from Nate the great he was super friendly and took great care of me and my friends we got set up super fast and had a great time
We absolutely love this Boutique type hotel. The staff, all of them were extremely helpful and friendly! Nick at the pool was so helpful and friendly. Lina and the pool was also very friendly. Nicole at breakfast spoiled us every morning with impeccable service! I loved that they have evening entertainment at the piano bar! We are from Nashville and let me tell you Victor Valdez was amazing!! I couldn’t believe his voice and piano playing! We travel all over the world and love this hotel. We can’t wait to return! The food was delicious. Very good location and easy access to the lovely beach! Can’t say enough good. Just go!
I booked an ocean view room and had a beautiful view from the 9th (top) floor, though I was disappointed that this hotel doesn't have balconies on the rooms (except the "cabana rooms" that are over the pool, but those have no ocean view). The hotel common areas (lobby, pool) are very nice and the live music in the lobby every evening is classy and fun. The rooms are quite small. For us, the staff made our experience 5 star (without them, I'd give this trip 3.5 stars). Corey and Arianna at the beach were the best. Corey stacked chairs and put up umbrellas with 1 hand (his dominant was in a wrist splint!) and Arianna was delightful - she speaks 3 languages and works her tail off (even pulling a huge wheelbarrow full of wet towels) though only 17 years old. They handled my cabana rental and generally made us comfortable. Tatiana was our beach server and we found her very attentive and charming. Upon arrival I recalled that I had previously stayed here in 2012 or 13 and vowed never to return (even wrote a review about looking out my window to the hotel next door and having a musty smell in our room). Apparently new owners took over about 5 years ago and I did see some improvements. The location is good and the hotel feels "charming" because it is fairly small compared to the mega places like Loews and W (though their balconies are a huge plus to me).
I'm talking about the bar at the National Hotel, so we are entering into a hybrid category of neither completely hotel nor completely restaurant. Let's go for the inner sanctuary - where you can drink and feast your eyes on some of the most amazing frescoes, murals and portraits a la Warhol, but not only. No robotic social commentary here, just a celebration of stars and times gone by a la movie mags of my youth. The somewhat staid inner bar has room for a live band and the lights are low and soft. however, the outer porch during balmy nights (And Miami is full of them) looks out on a series of rectangular pools which change color dotting the night in tropical colors. Enjoy your favorite whatever on the veranda, the wine and cocktail list is descriptively tempting.