My recent visit to South Beach Miami was made very pleasant by staying at the Cadet Hotel. The check in was fast and easy and the help was pleasant. It was beautifully decorated, simple yet elegant. The room was a bit on the small side, but this was the way the properties were built during the art deco period. Water and a small bowl of fresh fruit was available in my room, with a welcome letter addressed to me wishing me a pleasant stay, a nice touch. One of the best features of this hotel were the garden areas. There were 2 of them, each beautifully maintained and a joy to utilize. The one in the back was gorgeous with 2 covered pavilions and a beautiful multi-person jacuzzi. Tropical fauna that was beautiful. This is where I ate my take away dinner of authentic cuban black beans and rice. A quiet slice of paradise, can't get much better than that!!
This is a wonderful boutique hotel located within a block or two of the ocean and a short stroll to all of the things South Beach has to offer including Lincoln Road Mall. If you really aren't hip to the loud bar scene on Collins Avenue then Lincoln Road Mall is for you. A pedestrian only promenade that is full of upscale shops, restaurants, and the occasional "hooka" bar.
The only downside to this hotel was the lack of parking at the hotel. This is not uncommon for the area, as most of the hotels do not have on-site parking. Many of them require valet parking and from what I read it can take some time to fetch your car. Parking was available only a short block from the hotel in a 24 hour manned lot for $35 a day. Unloading your luggage was available at the hotels loading zone, but the lot was so close we chose to just walk.
The Cadet Hotel was a great find in the historical Art Deco district in South Beach, Miami. It was neat, clean, and classy. I would certainly stay here again and would highly recommend to my friends and family.