The main hotel sits on the corner of Collins Avenue at 8th Street, which was a prime location before the expansion. Now the property also stretches along 8th to occupy a stretch of Ocean Drive too, giving it a foothold on two of South Beach’s most vibrant thoroughfares and within touching distance of the sea.
Designer Todd Oldham used plenty of blues, greens and yellows on the walls and linens to give the 55 rooms in the main hotel and “sea, sand and sky” theme. Rooms aren’t huge but feature well designed built-in furniture to maximise space, while the bathrooms are elegant with colourful hand airbrushed tiles.
For the 20 more spacious oceanfront rooms next door, Oldham used similar styling but switched to oranges and reds to represent “sunrise and sunset”, a combination I prefer. It’s appropriate given that the first floor rooms, at least, give outstanding views of the sun rising over the Atlantic. Second-floor rooms, unfortunately, have palm trees blocking the ocean views.
A gorgeous, foliage-enclosed outside corner terrace opens into an airy lobby that retains much of the Art Deco flavours and colours, and features an attractive inside garden of small palm trees. The outside courtyard is large and oozes tranquility, and becomes a beautifully lit haven at night when it hosts the dining tables of the Wish restaurant.
Eating and drinking
The outstanding Wish is one of those South Beach hotel restaurants that’s probably more popular with locals than guests, given its long list of awards and the reputation it holds for its fusion of a contemporary American menu with world cuisine. For a nighttime drink, I don’t think you’ll find many experiences as atmospheric or romantic as a cocktail beneath the neon lit Tiffany spire on the rooftop bar.
A narrow but adequately sized rooftop pool and deck is a nice place to while away a day in the sun, although the hotel does provide beach chairs, towels and umbrellas if you prefer the sand between your toes.
The porters here race to open your taxi door and bring in your bags with smiles and good humour. Restaurant staff are fabulous.
Who stays there
Couples of all ages, some families. The Hotel is popular with European visitors, particularly the UK.
Beach umbrellas that were once free now incur a small charge, but loungers are complimentary.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Cool rooftop bar
- Excellent restaurant
- Poor soundproofing in rooms