Palmer House

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Address: 1119 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 33139, United States

Star rating:

4.4

South Beach old-timer gets a makeover and emerges with a funky blue rinse.

Why would this beautiful and consistently highly rated hotel, open for less than a year after a multi-million dollar renovation, be shutting up shop for good on some as yet unspecified date in the coming weeks? The answer is because it’s only half a hotel. Confused? So was I until I found out just what was going on at the Palmer House and at the building site that was the former Tudor House hotel right next door.
The two formerly separate Art Deco buildings are being melded into one giant new designer boutique hotel to be called Dream South Beach, opening soon, and it turns out that it’s only the Palmer name that that’s being shut down. While work on the Tudor half of the project – which will house the pool, restaurant and bars – is ongoing, the Palmer House continues to operate in its own right, under its old name, until the merge.

Location
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
n/a
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Between 11th and 12th Streets on Collins Avenue, the Palmer House is central to the best of the South Beach scene, with the ocean, shops, restaurants, bars, tattoo parlours etc within an easy walk.

Bedrooms

Blue is the colour. Last year’s renovations gave all 42 rooms and four junior suites a designer makeover as the transformation to Dream continued. The energy-efficient but complicated new lighting system, which is a great toy to play with, leaves rooms resembling a Bombay Sapphire gin bottle. But the décor and furniture, including low platform beds with intricately carved headboards, is stylish and modern.

Public areas

The bright and airy lobby features black and white furniture and rugs, and funky as that is, the Art Deco feel remains, particularly through the large glass chandeliers. The central courtyard, with wall fountains and other water features, divides the Palmer from the Tudor and is a glimpse of what the Dream hotel’s outside theming will be when the project is complete.

Eating and drinking

Nothing on site yet… the bar and restaurant, likely to be called The Tudor, are close to completion in what used to be the Tudor Hotel.

Leisure facilities

Same thing with the pool. It will be on the roof of the yet-to-be-opened half of Dream.

Service

Staff are clearly gearing up to the changeover and are attentive and helpful.

Who stays there

Lots of Europeans, and younger and same-sex couples checking out the new hotel.

Price advice

Rates are low to reflect lack of pool and eating/drinking facilities, and there will also be opening offers when the Palmer House becomes Dream. Thereafter, prices are sure to shoot up.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Great location
  • Funky, brand new hotel
  • Confusing bedroom lighting system
  • No pool, bar or restaurant. Yet.
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