The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
What We Love
- Perfect location right off Collins Avenue at the (not much) quieter southern end of South Beach
- The cucumber manicure is perfect for a gentle touch-up, but the real draw are the Carita services on the spa menu
- The DiLido Beach Club is the perfect spot for people watching along the beach over handcrafted cocktails
What To Know
- Don’t stick around for the restaurants — there’s more exciting eats nearby
- The resort is family-friendly, so if you’re looking for a party scene, this isn’t it
- If you want a view of more than rooftops, you’ll have to book a premium room
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- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
No man made his mark on South Beach’s distinctive architectural style like Morris Lapidus, and his Midcentury Modern genius reached its apogee with this enormous 1953 landmark set between swanky Collins Avenue and the beach. Designed to look like a docked ocean liner from the water, the effect of grandeur is not lost inside, where guests are greeted with a huge foyer recalling the grand entrances of glamorous White Star Line cruise ships, complete with sweeping staircases, discreet sitting areas and an understatedly sophisticated bar scene tucked away in the back. More family-friendly than most South Beach resorts, the Ritz-Carlton has a vast pool area that is a respite from the party scenes at neighboring hotels, and its section of the beach is prime for people watching and a swim.
Bed & Bath
The original wing may be more than 60 years old, with some odd corners and nooks, but there are no cramped, old-school rooms here. The guest quarters measure up to Ritz-Carlton’s spacious standards, with even entry-level rooms clocking in at nearly 400 square feet. Though the decor palette is the usual taupe and cream melange, there are beach-inspired inflections of sea-foam green, coral and Caribbean teal, as well as sophisticated touches such as artsy coffee table books to peruse. The all-marble bathrooms account for almost half the size of rooms — all the better to spend time luxuriating in the deep soaking tub or in the separate walk-in shower, which is stocked with refreshingly clean-scented Asprey bath products.
In South Beach, location is everything, and the Ritz-Carlton is anchored on a prime piece of beachfront real estate that means easy access to a stretch of sand set aside for hotel guests as well as colorful people watching from the DiLido Beach Club restaurant and bar. The enormous pool deck beckons with a surfeit of lounge chairs and a family-friendly vibe, and guests can also stop into the adjacent Bistro One LR for a typical surf ’n’ turf supper. Although spa services, like the age-defying facial and citrus pedicures, are a sublime way to rejuvenate after a day at the beach, the Carita menu, including such treatments as the Le Renovateur Body Polish, incorporating a serum whose secret recipe includes French sunflower oil, are what the hardcore spa-goers come for.
In the Area
Culture vultures flock to South Beach for the architecture, so take a walking tour with Art Deco Walking Tours to fully appreciate the fact that the style reached its apex in South Beach and its colorful menagerie of hotels. Or visit the over-the-top Spanish Colonial–style mansion Vizcaya, with its famous gardens. Although the charms of the beach are plenty, to fully appreciate Miami you should get out on the water with Golden Yacht Charters, and then after you drop anchor, drop some cash on high-end duds along with Miami’s grande dames at the famous Shops at Bal Harbour. Of course, you’ll find no shortage of celebrity chef restaurants and Cuban eateries in the area, but for something a little more local, try the swanky Southeast Asian cuisine at Khong River House.
How to Get There
The beach outside the hotel was fabulous, the beach chairs and towels are an added plus. Pool is very nice, rooms lovely as always, and club lounge has excellent snacks. Nice location. The staff was great.
We stayed a couple of nights here whilst visiting some family in Miami on our trip to Florida. A fantastic location right next to the beach in Miami. Great friendly staff. Great views we had from our room of the beach. Great bathrooms. Very clean and comfortable beds. Nice touch with the complimentary drinks in the evening.
Lobby is dark and surprisingly badly decorated . I’m not a fan of orange and brown. Ever. We had a nice room overlooking the beach. It was fine but no coffee + tea making facilities, bathroom was quite small. Balcony was on top of the Neighbour. Could get noisy at night. I can say the staff was friendly and attentive. We went during the music festival. Nice location, definitely if you are wanting to be in the center of the atmosphere. Breakfast was average, seating was dodgy. Inside was quite dark and boring. Outside was no reservations and could get tricky if you came late. As a hotel... it does have WiFi, valet, outdoor seating, a pool, great views of the beach (if you request a room with a beach view and are willing to pay more). It’s just I’ve stayed at The Ritz in Madrid and in Colorado , and this one did not seem “exclusive” or offer the privacy and elegance I’m used to from this brand. Good for families because of the pools and access to the beach.
Drove down to Miami for our wedding anniversary.
Pros : Art-deco hotel, well maintained, great location directly on South Beach, proximity to Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road outdoor pedestrian shopping.
Cons: If you are not into art-deco, this may not be for you.
We had a great time in Miami at the Ritz Carlton, the beach was lovely including this young named Eluckson who was very helpful yet professional and informative on how to enjoy parts of the beach we didn’t know about... THANK YOU SO MUCH HAD THE BEST EXPERIENCE!