Right next to the Versace mansion (now the exclusive Villa by Barton G), the Hotel Victor is one of several sat on the busiest stretch of South Beach, and as a result shares the usual problems of traffic and parking. But once you’re there, everything’s a short walk away, especially the beach opposite.
If you didn’t see enough jellyfish in the lobby, in the fish tank, the light fittings, on cushions and wall art, you’ll realise that French designer Jacques Garcia is a fan as soon as you hit any of the 88 bedrooms, which follow the same theme. They’re not huge but are decorated in warm oranges, blacks, browns and whites. The open-plan bathrooms, without doors, mean it’s probably a good thing to know your travelling companion very well.
Lots of colour, drapery and bold design elevate the Victor’s lobby and lounges above the ordinary. A long, flowing hallway down to the reception area is brightly decorated and there’s plenty of plush, colorful sofas to sit in and study the sculptures and period paintings. I felt I was back in the 1930s yet also in one of Miami’s trendiest modern hotels all at the same time.
Eating and drinking
The Victor went Italian when it reworked its old Vix restaurant into Bice, which has become one of South Beach’s most popular eateries. Food from the The Vue bar on the terrace is more sophisticated than most hotel fare along Ocean Drive. Beware of frost bite at the Victor’s unique ice bar, which keeps vodka cocktails at the perfect temperature.
A large, cabana surrounded infinity pool is newly reopened after repairs and improvements. Few hotels in Miami have basements – the Victor does and uses the space well with its ultrasexy, adults-only Spa V, compete with a unisex steamroom and emphasis on pampering for couples.
It's generally very good and friendly but can also be dishearteningly slow.
Who stays there
Couples, and groups, mainly early-30s to 50s.
Ubiquitous “resort fee” for internet and bottled water. Free nights and other perks available for Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty club members.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Underground spa
- Chic and stylish
- Small rooms
- Resort fee