Sagamore, The Art Hotel

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Address: 1671 Collins Ave, , Miami Beach, 33139, United States

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.6

Unique oceanfront Art-Deco hotel that doubles as an art gallery in its own right.

The Sagamore packs a powerful punch for a hotel dwarfed by the neighbouring towers of the Ritz-Carlton, National and Delano. I walked into the lobby unsure if I was in a hotel or an art gallery, judging by the colourful array of paintings, sculptures and photography all around.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

Right on the crossroads of Collins Avenue and the busy Lincoln Road mall, the Sagamore is at the heart of South Beach with shops, restaurants, museums and nightclubs just steps away.

Bedrooms

Bright and tasteful. A 2007 makeover brought the hotel’s 93 suites right up to date and the contemporary theme is reflected throughout with paintings and other pieces of art. Even the smallest garden view rooms have a sofa-bed, whirlpool bath and fridge/microwave/toaster but it’s worth the upgrade to an oceanfront suite for the extra space and, of course, the view. Sixteen two-storey ocean front bungalows are more popular with families.

Public areas

The hotel’s owners have spent a quarter-century amassing the Cricket Taplin collection of contemporary art that adorns every nook and cranny of the lobby, hallways, restaurant and bars, including innovative “video art” shown on screens dotted around the property. The corridors are dark and there is only one small elevator at either end of the hotel, so I spent quite a bit of time waiting for one.

Eating and drinking

The hotel’s Gallery dining room and adjacent bar have a minimalist design that can feel a little sparse and cold at times, though the food and service are good. I liked the busier vibe at the pool bar and grill, which has its own brick pizza oven.

Leisure facilities

With more emphasis on relaxation than activity, I wasn’t surprised to find only a small fitness room that’s a relatively recent addition. There’s also a small spa, the impressively titled RikRak Beauty Bungalow, offering massages and treatment on an open-air terrace overlooking the pool.

Service

Friendly and informative but can also be maddeningly slow.

Who stays there

Art lovers and culture enthusiasts, honeymooners and families.

Price advice

The lack of a compulsory resort fee already gives the hotel a price advantage over several rivals. Consider the optional $18-a-night Sagamore Plan that includes breakfast, internet and reserved chairs on the beach.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Chilling out
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Art gallery
  • Proximity to shops, restaurants, etc
  • Relaxing atmosphere
  • Slower service
  • Long wait for elevators
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