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.
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.
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.
No pool, but you get fresh beach towels in your room every day, and beach chairs.
It's usually friendly and always helpful.
Who stays there
Younger couples and groups, and those who want more of a base than a full-on luxury hotel experience.
A range of packages offer discounts, including for early bookings. Drivers should consider a rate with inclusive parking, the bane of South Beach holidays.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- In-room extras
- Breakfast included
- Attractive Art Deco hotel
- No swimming pool