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.
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.
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.
Same thing with the pool. It will be on the roof of the yet-to-be-opened half of Dream.
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.
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Seasoned travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Funky, brand new hotel
- Confusing bedroom lighting system
- No pool, bar or restaurant. Yet.