2377 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Sporty types, Stag / hen parties, Chilling out, People watching, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness
Expert review of Gansevoort
One South Beach giant replaced another when the Gansevoort moved into, and refurbished, the old 1960s Roney Plaza three years ago. I believe they did a terrific job of transforming the 1960s behemoth and I’ve watched it once again became one of the big hitters of the Miami luxury hotel scene by bringing the successful formula of the Gansevoort’s Manhattan operation to the oceanfront of South Beach.
Together with near-neighbours W and The Setai, the Gansevoort sits in a newly trendy area of Miami that could more accurately be known as Mid-Beach, ten blocks or so north of Ocean Drive. With their relatively recent openings, all three hotel giants have brought new styles of upmarket restaurants, nightclubs and other amenities to an area of town that’s only going to become more popular.
In terms of space, the Gansevoort was already on to a winner when it took over the cavernous Roney. The tiniest of the 340 guestrooms and suites is 430 square feet, almost double that of Ocean Drive’s smallest, and the ocean facing single-bedroom suites are three times that. Neutral beiges and whites are trimmed with browns and reds for a simple yet luxurious modern look. Bathrooms are huge. Many rooms also have kitchenettes and balconies.
The shark and fish tank in the entrance hall is a striking way to greet guests, and the beautiful pinks, purples and yellows, with pillars of cloth, in the lobby more the look of an attractive giant auditorium. It’s a massive hotel, so be prepared for some serious walking to get from one place to another.
With five separate restaurants and eateries, nobody ever goes hungry. The STK steakhouse is the signature name, offering entertainment while you dine. Philippe provides creative Asian fare, and the Pool Plaza and Rooftop lounges have decent menus. I like simple pleasures, though, so the ground floor Café Bustelo, people watching with an espresso and Cuban pastry, is my idea of a good time.
To describe the David Barton franchise a merely a gym would do it a great disservice. I’ve never seen a workout area so large, so well equipped, so imaginatively decorated or so stunning. It has to be seen to be believed, and its 42,000 square feet incorporates a more than decent spa. The rooftop has stunning views but can be a little snooty and exclusive, so I’d choose the giant pool plaza, where you don’t feel so hemmed in.
Respectful and extremely helpful, though some of the room service staff could smile a little more.
Big earners and a good sprinkling of celebrities. Stylish young to middle aged couples looking to splurge a little. There are good deals for families, but I’d probably take my kids elsewhere.
Hotel guests still have to pay for the gym ($15 a time) and other extras soon add up, but at least wi-fi is free.
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- 2377 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool