This trendy boutique hotel, which is right in the center of the South Beach action, merges two refurbished, archetypal 1939 art deco buildings as a single project of eclectic modernism, with whimsically decorated interiors in a result that is at once trippy and cool. Rooms have colored bed lighting, bold bedroom chandeliers, and glass closets. And true to the boutique style, rooms are on the small side and often cater to a younger crowd searching for fast times in the Magic City. The see-through bathroom walls are a bit of a style overfunction and create some difficulty when sharing a room with friends or possibly even your significant other. But once you get past that, Dream is idyllic for ventures in hedonism: tanning on the beach (with quick access), making new friends (over sun-kissed libations on the roof), and late-night debauchery (crawling distance to most nightlife). Expect lots of fun on the rooftop by day or night; there's both a petite swimming pool and the 1970s-inspired pool lounge HIGHBAR, which kicks into gear at nightfall. The hotel also provides beach chairs on its very own designated section of beach just south of 11th Street.
Most rooms are decorated in shades of blue and aqua to reflect the nearby ocean. Designer Michael Czysz's furnishings are mostly white to play on the cool shades. Beds are furnished with Egyptian cotton sheets and each room offers WiFi and an in-room mini bar. A writing area comes in handy.
The Dream isn't on the beach, so don't expect an ocean room. However, some rooms do offer a direct view into the former Versace mansion.
Bathroom doors are semi-private, so plan according. Most rooms are equipped with shower only, for economy of space, and are furnished with robes and C.O Bigelow bath products.
The indoor lobby is small, but a zenlike courtyard, that joins the two buildings together, is a good place to read or relzx with a cocktail.
Ask for a complimentary welcome drink upon arrival.
A rooftop pool is heated yearlong and offers a view of nearby Ocean Drive and the beach beyond. Chairs, cabanas, and wait service are all available.
In the evening, the rooftop pool area transforms into HIGHBAR lounge, with guests DJ's and a high energy pool party most nights.
The Shala Spa offers a host of traditional treatments like massage and facials, as well as new age rituals like chakra cleansing. If you spent too much time at the beach, a sun repair service helps hydrate and soothe your sunburn.
Celebrity chef Ralph Pagano's Naked Taco offers Mexican food and margaritas in a lively atmosphere. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, as well.
HIGHBAR offers cocktails on the rooftop pool area and turns into a South Beach lounge most evenings. Naked Taco also has an extensive tequila collection and serves many custom crafted margaritas.
A free trolley offers three different routes through Miami Beach. The trolley operates seven days a week. For travel outside of Miami Beach, it's best to take Uber, as parking is limited in most areas of the city.
Macchialina (10-minute ride) offers well priced rustic Italian made with handmade pastas. The New Cafe (5-minute walk) is a great people watching spot on Ocean Drive. It's open 24 hours a day and is famous for being Gianni Versace's go-to spot for coffee.
Stop by Fat Tuesday (5-minute walk) to cool off with a frozen blender drink before heading to the beach. Mac's Club Deuce (5-minute walk) is a classic dive bar that's celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain's favorite Miami Beach hangout.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With close proximity to Ocean Drive's scene, the Dream offers sweet rooms and a blend of relaxation and party atmosphere.