The Cadet is one of a number of smaller hotels along James Avenue, a block west of Collins and one block north of Lincoln Road, giving it a perfect position for everything but the ocean – which is still only a few minutes’ easy walking away. The New World Symphony and several theatres are close too.
There’s a rustic simplicity about the Cadet’s bedrooms that I love. Floors are bamboo hardwood, the walls are beiges and creams, which allows a number of colour schemes to work well in different bedrooms, and the beds are large and comfortable with modern wood headboards. They’re small, but no more than expected for a building of the period.
The beautifully maintained patio garden, shielded from the street by a noise-absorbing eight-feet hedge, and featuring plenty of seating areas and daybeds, is the hotel’s outdoor living room and complements the hotel’s attention to detail. The check-in desk, bar counters, chairs and other furniture are coordinated in bright cherry wood and the period metal fittings, including a stylish cast ‘CH’ that forms the door handles, positively gleam.
Eating and drinking
The recently opened Pied a Terre is a major upgrade for the Cadet, which has brought in a former chef from the Mandarin Oriental to conjure up a very decent French-themed menu. But there are only eight tables, seating up to only 30 or so, meaning reservations are almost always required. A good continental breakfast (no plastic wrapped pastries here) is served in the garden.
There’s a small Jacuzzi pool that accommodates eight people but it’s overlooked from the road, so isn’t that intimate an experience.
The hotel has a diverse multilingual staff who are thoughtful and helpful almost all the time.
Who stays there
Cultured couples and groups of all ages (the hotel’s within touching distance of the Convention Centre and many theatres) and those wanting a more relaxed break away from the South Beach noise.
You’ll be charged for beach umbrellas and chairs and breakfast is no longer inclusive, but internet’s free and the hotel has computers for guests to use.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Immaculately maintained
- Close to entertainment venues
- Small rooms
- No swimming pool