The Beacon Hotel

720 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, Florida, United States, 33139

By Richard Luscombe, your Miami expert

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#21 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Miami
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.7
4.7
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
4
4.0
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Honeymooners, Singles, Nightlife, People watching, Romance, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of The Beacon Hotel

Old and the new blend seamlessly at one of Ocean Drive’s liveliest hotels.

The Beacon is one of a number of classic Art Deco hotels gracing Ocean Drive, but despite its younger clientele and lively late-night atmosphere, I consider it much more than just a place to party. Little touches of luxury raise it well above the ordinary.

Location: 

Less than a minute’s walk to the sand of South Beach and with numerous popular restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops in a tight radius, the Beacon has one of the best positions in town.

Bedrooms: 

Here’s one area where I think the Beacon excels, compensating for the smaller room sizes of the 1937 building with upgraded interiors, not least the high-end Serta Perfect Sleeper beds and expensive imported Italian linens. The original marble floors were retained through a five-year refurbishment programme to preserve the historic feel. Try to get an ocean view if that’s important to you – some of the “city views” are more accurately of nearby rooftops.

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Public areas: 

Decorative wrought iron railings, a patterned and polished wooden floor and striking check-effect seating were the highlights of last year’s makeover of the split-level lobby. There’s one small and slow elevator that won’t get you to any floor very fast, so take the stairs and appreciate the exercise.

Eating and drinking: 

The Beacon’s restaurant, called The Place, spans an air-conditioned interior and terrace and pavement tables similar to other Ocean Drive hotels. It’s run by a third-party operator, not the hotel, and is probably the Beacon’s weakest link. Guests get a complimentary breakfast, but it’s basic, while the dinner menu is at least no worse than those of its rivals.

Leisure facilities: 

No pool, but you get fresh beach towels in your room every day, and beach chairs.

Service: 

It's usually friendly and always helpful.

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Who stays there: 

Younger couples and groups, and those who want more of a base than a full-on luxury hotel experience.

Price advice: 

A range of packages offer discounts, including for early bookings. Drivers should consider a rate with inclusive parking, the bane of South Beach holidays.

Pros: 
Attractive Art Deco hotel
Breakfast included
In-room extras
Cons: 
No swimming pool

More information on The Beacon Hotel :

Type:
Hotel
Address:
720 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, Florida, United States, 33139
Amenities:
Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service

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