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Fodor's Expert Review The Hotel of South Beach

801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States See on Map

This historic art deco property inhabits the historic Tiffany building on Collins Avenue as well as a second building along fabulous Ocean Drive with interiors by fashion designer Todd Oldham. The name \"Tiffany\" spelled out vertically in eye-popping neon on the venue’s iconic aluminum spire is evidence of the hotel’s original identity. When the L. Murray Dixon–designed Tiffany Hotel was erected in 1939, neon was still a novelty. Its use, coupled with the spire’s rocket-like shape, combined to create a futuristic look influenced by the sci-fi themes then pervasive in popular culture. Nowadays, everything in this quirky, romantic boutique hotel, from the decor to the tie-dye bathrobes hanging in the small but cute bathrooms, is colorful and eclectic. Somehow the aesthetic of soft browns and whites works, thanks to the knowing eye of designer Oldham (though it's starting to feel a bit 1990s at this point). Add soft lighting and two-person bathtubs, and you have all the makings of a romantic retreat. The hotel's most exquisite treat is a rooftop bar, a low-key hangout where locals and hotel guests lounge on Thursday–Saturday nights.

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room

Todd Oldham designed the rooms, which feature blond wood furnishings accented by bright window treatments, pillows, and bedding in primary colors. Rooms come with a work desk and some have window seats. All rooms offer Wi-Fi, coffee maker, minibar, a safe, and cable.

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bathroom

Bathrooms are small, but functional with rain showers and complimentary bath products. Bathrooms are decorated with custom tile accents and pops of cold color.

lobby

Walk through a large porch -- a remnant of when Miami Beach hotels had no air conditioning and guests cooled off outdoors -- and enter the lobby, furnished with comfortable chairs and porthole windows. Challenge a friend to a game of backgammon or chess, provided for guests.

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pool

A rooftop pool offers views of the ocean just a block away.

Don't miss the pool deck at night, when colored lights bathe it in different colors.

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gym

A small gym provides stationary bikes, strength training, and more.

dining

The hotel's main restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The Garden restaurant offers continental fare among lush greenery.

drinking

The rooftop pool bar is great for grabbing a drink while catching up on your reading on a chaise. The lobby bar offers a daily happy hour with two for one drinks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Most South Beach attractions are easy to reach on foot. A Miami Beach trolley operates seven days a week for free.

Restaurants

Celebrity chef Ralph Pagano serves tacos and margaritas at his Naked Taco (5-minute walk). Be sure to order a custom mojito, where you choose your fruit, rum, and sugar. Quality Meats (10-minute walk) offers choice cuts of steak and house-made charcuterie in a casual-yet-elegant setting.

Bars

Mac's Club Deuce is the ultimate dive bar and a popular hangout for celebrities who don't want to be recognized. Cool off after the beach with one of Wet Willie's (5-minute walk) frozen cocktails with names like Attitude Adjustment and Call-a-Cab.

WHY WE LIKE IT

A no-frills hotel with plenty of charm and close proximity to Ocean Drive and all of South Beach's clubs and restaurants.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Intimate
Near the beach
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 305-531–2222;

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