While the neighbourhood is quite different to that of its more southerly counterparts, the New Hotel is still less than two blocks from a good, clean beach. There are no designer fashion houses or swanky jewellers up here, but there are some good Mexican, Cuban, Italian, French and contemporary restaurants nearby and of course, there are none of the traffic hassles of further south either.
Platform beds with organic linens, dark hardwood floors and sleek black and white modern furniture give the rooms the impression of being bigger than they actually are, but the beds are supremely comfortable and there are plenty of amenities including flat-screen TVs.
A lively pool area is the tiny hotel’s “living room” and houses the excellent…
Eating and drinking
…Lou’s Beer Garden, a hugely popular tropical gastropub with an astonishing range of bottled and craft beers and an edgy menu of food to match. Opened just last year, Lou’s, run by the hotel’s owner of the same name, and his wife Ann, hosts regular parties, art shows, beer festivals and cooking competitions. Just be careful not to fall into the pool after too many strong ales.
The pool is of moderate size. The hotel also rents bicycles and offer in-room spa treatments.
The owners handle virtually everything themselves so you’re assured of a personal, friendly and down-to-earth service. Everything’s pretty laid back here.
Who stays there
Couples of all ages and nationalities, people passing through for a night or two, especially those wanting to bypass the South Beach scene.
You’ll save by boarding the regular buses down to South Beach and back rather than calling a cab. Free phone calls to US numbers.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Backpackers / Students
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Charming and very cosy
- On-site gastropub
- Distance from South Beach (though can also be a pro)