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.
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.
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.
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.
Friendly and informative but can also be maddeningly slow.
Who stays there
Art lovers and culture enthusiasts, honeymooners and families.
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.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Art gallery
- Proximity to shops, restaurants, etc
- Relaxing atmosphere
- Slower service
- Long wait for elevators