A kitschy yet comfortable stay in the Miami Modern Historic District, with breakfastThe complimentary continental breakfast that comes with your stay
The fabulously retro vibe – authentic, too, since the Miami Modern hotel, in the historic district of the same style, was designed in the 1950s
The proximity to US-1, putting the whole of the Magic City at your fingertips
What To Know
The boutique hotel rocks an Art Deco style throughout
The poolside bar has daily live music and creative cocktails
It is close to US1, but noise really isn't an issue
Parking on site
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A renovated retro motel on Biscayne Boulevard and a short drive from the sights, with breakfast
Frank Sinatra once sang, "These vagabond shoes are longing to stray." Okay, so maybe he was talking about New York, but the same can be sung about Miami, not least when you’re singing about Vagabond Hotel. In the Miami Modern Historic District and a block from adjacent city- (and state-) artery US-1, the location of this renovated 1953 motel will strike anyone with wanderlust – after all, it's within a 15-minute drive of South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana. Choose to hole up here, and you’ll have a hard time staying a while without straying a while.
The address isn’t Vagabond's only roamer-friendly feature – recognizing that even the restless sometimes need a rest, the hotel's become a worthy end in itself. It’s put all the dazzling details of its own original Miami Modern design front and center, and you’ll find sleek accents at the fusion restaurant, original terrazzo flooring in your retro-luxe room and a mosaic mermaid at the bottom of the pool. You can see this bathing beauty even better, though, if you bare your feet and jump on in – and hey, don't you think those vagabond shoes are due for a breather?
Good to know
Please note that complimentary parking is available at the hotel.
Rooms at this former motel are kitschy and proud – places where, as the hotel puts it, using your "Do Not Disturb" sign is as much a style statement as it is a declaration of privacy. But the retro-fabulous vibe doesn’t come at the expense of serious comfort, and along with vintage details, like your terrazzo and wood flooring and designer Stephane Dupoux’s 1950s-reproduction furniture, each room has a bed with a natural hypoallergenic Italian mattress and 300-thread-count linens, chic eco-friendly bath amenities and a 40-in. flat-screen cable TV.
If Miami Modern were a culinary style, as well as an architectural one, it would taste a lot like the menu at Vagabond Restaurant and Bar. Latin-Asian-American flavors and styles are on parade at this sleek eatery, the collaboration of a restaurateur-cum-art collector and a seasoned chef. If you’d prefer to take your retro refreshment on the pool deck, there’s also always Vagabond Pool Bar, where the drinks flow freely from mid-afternoon to midnight.
Design buffs will surely get a kick out of the hotel's neighborhood, the Miami Modern Historic District. But especially if you identify with the vagabond spirit yourself, chances are that you'll want to swing by Little Havana, the Wynwood Arts District and South Beach's Art Deco District and all the world-class sights within them. Conveniently, those are all a 15-minute drive, tops, and the rest of the city – and Florida – is within easy reach, with US-1 just one block over.