736 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Seasoned travellers, Stag / hen parties, Design and architecture, History, Nightlife, People watching
Expert review of Colony Hotel
If you’ve seen many pictures showcasing Ocean Drive’s Art Deco hotel frontages then you probably already know the Colony. This renovated yet nicely preserved 1935 classic by architect Henry Hohauser is one of the most photographed hotels in the world and I think its blue neon-lit façade is one of Miami’s most stunning sights by night.
Slap bang in the middle of the busiest hotel stretch on South Beach, the Colony is on the doorstep of the Atlantic Ocean and has as many shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and theatres as you could possible want to visit a very short walk away.
Two years of renovation half a decade ago spruced up what I felt was becoming a very tired hotel. The 50 bedrooms and oceanfront suites emerged looking chic with polished pine hardwood flooring, extremely comfortable low beds and some pretty good replica Art Deco wood furniture. But nothing could be done about their small size.
The lobby area recreates how the hotel probably looked through the 1930s and 40s (the flat-panel TV over the reception desk excepted). The olive green and chocolate colour scheming showcases the curves of the counters and marble tiled floor to period perfection.
The Colony Café, which occupies some of the lobby and outside on the street tables, is the hub of the building and is usually packed most evenings. The fare’s pretty standard compared to others along South Beach but for atmosphere it’s a good place to hang out.
Staff are always amiable but service is often slow.
Couples, groups on stag/hen weekends and those who want an authentic Art Deco hotel without worrying about the size of the room.
Free internet and beach towels will save some money, but valet parking’s expensive.
More information on Colony Hotel:
- 736 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
- High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service