The Park Central Hotel

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Address: 640 Ocean Dr, , Miami Beach, 33139, United States

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.5

Ocean Drive landmark adds modern touches to a step back in time.

The Park Central is old school Art Deco. The 1937 building was designed by Henry Hohauser, a founding father of the style, and its superbly preserved façade is a landmark. I felt I was stepping into a timewarp entering the lobby, so authentic is the historical feel.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

The Park Central’s location just north of 6th Street has a lot going for it. It’s right on the ocean across Lummus Park and has plenty of action going on around it, yet sits on the quieter end of Ocean Drive, if there is such a thing, so noise isn’t quite the problem it is further north.

Bedrooms

As with most hotels of the period, you know you’re not getting anything too expansive, but the hotel’s 113 rooms and 12 suites are tasteful and comfortably appointed. Wicker chairs and patterned beige and brown carpets lend a tropical air, and the period lamps and wall photographs from that era give the rooms a delightful early-mid century feel while incorporating the necessary modern touches.

Public areas

Rivalled by only a small handful of others in Miami Beach, the Park Central’s lobby is, for me, the epitome of how an Art Deco preservation should be. The original terrazzo floor gleams and everything else from the iron railings on the balcony to the curved wooden reception desk are pretty good period replicas.

Eating and drinking

The formal inhouse restaurant, Quinn’s, has tables beyond the lobby and out on the terrace. It’s better than many along Ocean Drive but isn’t among the cheapest. The Park Central Café for more casual fare is a safe establishment but nothing spectacular.

Leisure facilities

There’s a small pool and loungers on a terrace beside the main hotel building, which is nice for a late-afternoon cocktail when you’ve have enough of the beach. A more private spot for relaxation is the rooftop terrace, which keeps the sun longer in the day too. The hotel has loungers on the beach, too.

Service

It's very attentive. I counted four immaculately dressed porters, all eager to help, at the lobby door.

Who stays there

Travellers seeking an authentic Art Deco experience, families and couples of all ages.

Price advice

Drivers should eschew the valet and use the public car park closeby. Free internet here, which can be patchy, but a very expensive minibar.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Authentic, beautifully preserved Art Deco classic
  • Good restaurant
  • Oceanfront pool
  • Some areas showing age
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