On busy Collins Avenue, surrounded by many other hotels. The traffic’s hopeless out front but as soon as you’re past the (sometimes surly) doormen, you’d never know you were on such a hectic stretch of road.
The owners have recently put rugs into all bedrooms after complaints that the concrete floors and stark walls made them feel like prison cells! Rooms aren’t quite as soulless as that but the futon-style beds and plain coloured linens do leave room for a little more warmth. They’re certainly comfortable, though. Beware the early-morning room service trolleys clattering along the concrete corridors outside.
I might have caught them on a bad day but a blocked, overflowing toilet and missing soap dispensers in the lobby restroom didn’t set a great first impression. Other than that, it’s a very pleasant environment – the lobby has lots of comfortable sofas and net drapes, giving a funky, modern feel and the grounds are attractively set among palms and other foliage.
Eating and drinking
Nobu claims to be the world’s most famous Japanese restaurant. That might be a stretch but its Miami outpost at the Shore Club offers some of the best sushi anywhere, though you’ll pay through the nose. Ago, meanwhile, brings an Italian-style menu to its indoor and terrace tables. The restaurant, opened with Robert de Niro as a partner, showcases the many popular Tuscan dishes of Agostino Sciandri. The four lounge areas that comprise the Shore Club’s legendary Skybar are always packed with nightlife-loving hipsters.
There’s a perfectly adequate rooftop spa and a small but functional fitness room. Other than that, leisure time at the Shore Club generally involves beach chairs or sunloungers, of which there are plenty.
The concierge desk is one of the most knowledgeable in town. Staff are generally helpful and friendly.
Who stays there
Mainly a young, fun-seeking crowd, and the occasional celebrity (in the penthouse).
Offers a wide range of money-saving packages online. “Top-shelf” drinks at the Skybar mean a huge bill.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Stag / hen parties
- Celebrity spotting
- Live entertainment
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Excellent nightlife
- Trendy hangout
- Miami chic at lower price
- Needs a spruce-up