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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I have stayed at the RC South Beach many times. Great hotel, location and service. Unfortunately they closed a couple of years ago after hurricane damage. I booked the hotel for January 2020 as they were supposed to reopen. Just got a call from one of the directors at the hotel informing me it would not be open in time. It’s unfortunate however I was so impressed I got a personal call instead of some blanket email. I think this says a lot about this hotel. I will be back when they do reopen.
We stopped by for a night after visiting the Keys. The hotel is gorgeous. We did not like the valet required parking situation. The staff and valet were very friendly. The beach was smaller than expected and had the dreaded sea weed all over it. Pool and grounds were immaculate. Overall comfortable stay in this high quality resort.
One of the best place to have a relaxing vacation with the family.There is enough to do around the property.Love the south beach walk, restaurants and people.Hopefully all the renovations will be complete after devastating hurricane few years back.