The Impala was a very nice hotel, and an oasis wedged between the goings and comings of Washington Ave. and the uber-hotels further up on Collins Ave.
The location is perfect, a block away from the beach, a few blocks from the shopping lower down on Collins, and a few blocks from the restaurants and bars on Espinola and further up.
I won't say the room itself was amazing, because although I liked my bed, the appearance of the place itself left a bit to be desired. Maybe a contemporary interior designer with a Mediterranean-bent could liven the place up a bit? To be fair, this is the case with the interiors of a lot of hotels on Miami Beach.
The shower, on the other hand, was very well appointed. It was all stone and brass. I loved the shower and the sink, and even got myself a couple of compliments from a few friends that stopped by from the Loews.
The staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. Say what you want about hotels, but staff are what make a service business a pleasure to experience, and this place had the guys. Helped me find the restaurants I wanted, helped me order a cab and kept the driver from leaving when I was late in returning from brunch. Very much a pleasure to work with.
I would certainly consider staying at the Impala if find myself back in Miami in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Italian Elegance in the middle of South Beach." Meditteranean gem hidden in the middle of South Beach, the Impala Hotel is the ideal base for your romantic getaway in Florida. Hidden from the intense activity of the surroundings, this soothing calm location will warmly welcome you in one of its 17 rooms. You will enter the property by walking underneath an archway, and then through a landscaped walkway and courtyard, passing by a fountain. Built by Gianni Versace's architect, the Impala Hotel features numerous elements originally intended for the Versace Mansion, including an Italian-made floor mosaic in the lobby. Comfortable rooms feature wrought iron fixtures, wood furniture, and luxury bathrooms with coral rock. You will enjoy a fine dining at the Spiga Restaurant, an Award-Winning authentic Italian establishment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Impala Hotel Miami Beach
- Impala Miami Beach