Essex House Hotel

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Address: 1001 Collins Ave, , Miami Beach, 33139, United States

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.5

Tranquility and service provide an antidote to the South Beach party scene.

In the familiar L-shaped layout popular among the Art Deco hotels of the 1930s, the Essex House is an architectural classic by noted designer Henry Hohauser. Although I was just steps away from the Ocean Drive melee in the hotel’s lobby, the atmosphere was relaxed and peaceful.

Location
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.1
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

The Essex House sits on the corner of 10th Street and Collins Avenue, in the heart of South Beach.

Bedrooms

Lime green and chocolate brown linens and strikingly patterned brown and yellow carpets give the rooms a tropical feel. Fourteen suites complement the 56 rooms, with more space to spread out in than the average South Beach hotel. The windows have extra sound-proofing, no bad thing since its sister hotel, the party-loving Clevelander, is right next door.

Public areas

The lobby features a beautiful original large wall painting of wildlife in The Everglades, setting off a theme of tranquility repeated throughout the hotel. Lush palms and fountains adorn the garden courtyard, there’s a marble-floored, linen draped outside lounge and the regular live jazz playing from the lobby reaches the small and almost out-of-sight pool area.

Eating and drinking

There’s no restaurant but breakfast is at The Clevelander and you’re not short of eating options nearby. The lounge bar off the lobby is reminiscent of a prohibition-era speakeasy, complete with an anonymous entrance, and there are arrows inlaid in the lobby floor to point the way.

Leisure facilities

The small pool’s more suited for dipping than swimming and there isn’t much else on site, but all guests have access to the rooftop lounges, terraces and all other amenities at The Clevelander.

Service

It's understated but always helpful and friendly.

Who stays there

Older couples, families with older children, those seeking South Beach action but needing a retreat.

Price advice

Nearby public parking better value than valet charge. Happy Hour at the lounge bar will also save you money.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent location
  • Larger rooms/suites
  • Quiet retreat
  • No restaurant
  • Small pool
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