Essex: House by Clevelander

1001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, USA

This restored art deco gem is a favorite with Europeans desiring good location and a relatively no-frills, practical base—expect average-size rooms with mid-century-style red furniture and marble tubs. The lobby mural was created in 1938 by artist Earl Le Pan, who touched it up 50 years later. The Essex House is a stunning example of maritime deco (also known as nautical moderne). Designed by Henry Hohauser to evoke an ocean liner, the hotel is rife with marine elements, from the rows of porthole-style windows and natty racing stripes to the towering smokestack-like sign. With a prow angled proudly into the street corner, it seems ready to steam out to sea. The outdoor patio is idyllic for lazy days of people-watching. The suites, reached by crossing a courtyard, are well worth the upgrade: each has a wet bar, king-size bed, 100-square-foot bathroom, refrigerator, and hot tub.

PROS

  • a social, heated pool
  • access to amenities at neighboring Clevelander hotel
  • in-house sushi restaurant Zen Sai

CONS

  • small pool
  • not on the beach

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Lively
Near the beach
Practical Base

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 877-532–4006

HOTEL DETAILS

70 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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