3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
- Recommended for:
- Couples, First-time travellers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Nature / wildlife, No fuss, Relaxation
Expert review of The Palms
There’s something I find instantly calming about the Palms, from the second I step out of busy Collins Avenue into the tranquility of the hotel’s foliage-filled lobby. While it’s almost a cliché to be a “green hotel”, the owners have found a good balance, with the theme of the Palms strongly focused on nature, while retaining a level of service and amenities at least equal to most of the best of South Beach.
The hotel’s set on quite an ugly stretch of Collins, ten blocks or so north of Lincoln Road and the Ocean Drive action. But that’s actually a blessing too. You can forget the front entrance and stroll south along the waterfront boardwalk for one of the most picturesque and relaxing walks on South Beach.
A complete redesign two years ago spruced the Palms’ 251 bedrooms no end, with browns, creams and turquoises intended to remind guests of the sand and the sea. All are comfortable although I would always prefer the slightly bigger space of a superior oceanfront room, which includes a sleeper-sofa. Bathrooms are tiny, though, with the toilet and shower room split into two closet-sized spaces across the entrance hallway from each other.
Palms, palms and more palms (of at least a dozen different varieties) are everywhere, indoors and out, along with numerous tropical flowering plants. The lobby and interiors have a colonial theme and the great lounge off the lobby is a wonderfully relaxing, library-style retreat.
Everything the Palms tries to be is captured in the spirit of the Essensia restaurant, which is, in its own words, “good for you and the environment”. The menu is full of selections created with organically farmed products, and the wine list is fully organic or sustainable. Even the cocktails are made only with organic spirits. But you can always grab some pool fare at the Tiki Bar when you just crave a pig-out.
A $20 million overhaul completed last year also resulted in the birth of The Palms Spa and fitness centre. It didn’t surprise me to learn that natural products and holistic treatments were de rigeur. The treatment rooms are among the largest and most modern in the area. Tiki-style thatched cabanas at the poolside are a much more attractive option than the stark white tents available in many other places.
Staff are genuinely interested in making sure your stay is as it should be.
Nature-lovers and relaxation-seekers, obviously, and families and couples.
You can’t do anything about the resort fee but save on transport to and from South Beach hotspots by walking or taking the $2 bus instead of a $7-8 taxi ride.
More information on The Palms :
- 3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool