Set two blocks back from the waterfront on Washington Avenue, in an area of South Beach home to several nightclubs, the Angler’s might not be an obvious choice, but looks can be deceiving. It’s actually well situated for restaurants and shopping and it’s a pleasure to find such a popular hotel away from the constant gridlock of Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive.
The split-level duplexes around the pool are great if you don’t mind lugging a heavy suitcase up a tight spiral staircase to the bedroom, but I thought that to be a minor inconvenience when you’re just a few paces from the tranquillity of the water. The suites offer a variety of options, some have balconies, small gardens and others have rooftop terraces or their own Jacuzzis. The studio suites are single level but all rooms are modern, with plasma TVs and surround-sound audio.
It felt more like the living room of a friend’s house than a hotel lobby when I walked into the Angler’s. There’s a heavily-cushioned lounge area, which can be used to expand the dining area in busy times for the restaurant, that has the look of a Mediterranean villa, a theme followed throughout. The pool’s not huge, but I’ve seen larger ones that lack such a relaxing feel.
Eating and drinking
Many guests take breakfast at the hotel and eat elsewhere later in the day. But the restaurant, 660 at The Angler’s, is well worth a look. The new Argentinean chef has added his own twists to an established menu that places importance on locally sourced seafoods and meats, while weekend brunches favour European-style dishes.
The hotel offers massages and spa services poolside or your room. There are private cabanas for hire at the pool.
Check-in is in your room, and staff will usually greet you by name. You also get personalised hotel business cards with your name printed on, and your own telephone number.
Who stays there
Young families, gay travellers, couples and grandparents treating extended family, and many repeat visitors.
Rates are slightly lower than waterfront hotels based on location so discounts are built in. As with all Miami hotels, summer stays are cheaper.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
- No fuss
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Informal, social restaurant
- Intimate atmosphere
- Outstanding personal service
- Longer walk to beach
- Occasional late-night nightclub noise