There are many small, well located Art Deco hotels on South Beach but the Essex House is the best of its type (and i've seen them all). Staff is, for the most part, helpful and friendly (especially Juan, Lyle and Austin). Public areas are well maintained and attractive. Our King Suite was large, private, well appointed and comfortable, with a wet bar, mini fridge, flat screen TV and spacious marble bath. Unusually good A/C kept the room nice and cold. Be aware however that some of the larger, nicer suites are in a separate building that has no elevator. My issues were with valet parking (slow), lack of a fitness room and the fact that the room was not ready for check-in until 5:30PM. Management was quick to apologize for the delay and offered us a 4PM check-out which more than made up for any inconvenience. We'll most definitely be back!