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
Kory was amazing with our visit to the beach!!! He was very helpful and patient with making sure we got what we wanted and checking in to make sure we were comfortable and having a good time!! Amazing experience thanks to Kory!
Franklin and Cory are very outgoing staff member outside here on the beach. Even though the Miami weather isn’t pleasant without going in the water they still find a way to make the customers experience an amazing one. We were sat out by the water and given the best care by these two gentlemen. Best service I’ve had in a long time and definitely will be coming back for their services again!!
Cory and franklin were very helpful and attentive when I asked for assistance. I was very happy with their service and will definitely be coming back looking for their service again. Very nice and polite men also.
We booked a cabana suite over the pool area for 11 nights. The room itself was very beautiful and well decorated, also very spacious. We didn't know that there are parties going on almost every night on the pool area. Me and my wife are people who appreciate a good night sleep and silence. After two nights we told this to the reception. We felt that they understood us perfectly and they took prompt action to find us a new suite. They moved us to this suite on top of the tower building. This room (tower suite) was even more beautiful (in our opinion)than the previous one. Also the view towards the Miami beach was stunning. Thank you for arranging this and making our honeymoon accomodation perfect! All the staff members were polite to us all the time. The restaurant serves good food and we used their services quite often. My wife has a very strict diet. They delivered all the special needs she asked everytime. Thanks to all the staff members! Special thanks to Rafael, Erica and the front office manager (sorry i cannot remember her name). Full 5/5 experience. Hopefully see you soon in the future!
Kory and his crew was awesome . He took care of us . The view was absolutely gorgeous the weather was phenomenal the whole hotel and Staff is over all great . I will be back again soon as I can . Thanks !