Having never been to South Beach, my husband and I relied on advice from other reviewers to choose our hotel – and were thrilled with the decision to spend our first anniversary at the Savoy.
It truly is what other reviewers said: clean, a great value compared to other SoBe hotels, historic, and newly renovated/beautifully maintained. We chose a standard pool view and I requested a balcony and king bed when making the reservation. They were able to honor the request. Our room was in the north building on the third floor, had a very spacious bedroom (GREAT bed), a fully renovated and large bathroom with lots of shelving and good water pressure, and a living area with a second flat-screen TV, pull-out sofa, refrigerator, microwave, and a second closet. We had two balconies overlooking the pool and a partial view of the ocean. Gorgeous.
Location: We could not have picked a better location for our South Beach stay. The strip of restaurants and bars begins at 5th street, and we were able to walk everywhere. We were able to see all of Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road Mall, Collins Ave, South Pointe Park, and more just on foot. Surprisingly (and fortunately), the Savoy’s location between 4th and 5th streets really is far enough away to avoid the late-night noise. Once inside our room, we didn’t hear a peep from outside. Then again, we stayed Monday-Friday. I imagine it can get a lot louder on the weekends. Even the Savoy’s beach felt like a retreat from the loud public beaches just slightly further north. It was quieter and less crowded, but plenty close enough to experience the culture.
A few random observations… The Savoy’s workout room has 4 or 5 machines and some free weights. Though we never found it crowded, I recommend taking advantage of the path behind the hotel. If you follow it south it will lead you directly to South Pointe Park, which has a large marina, some great restaurants and a scenic view of Miami. The hotel restaurant was convenient and delicious but expensive. The service was outstanding.
Overall, the Savoy and its ideal location exceeded our expectations. We will absolutely return.
Tip: after a conversation with the hotel manager, we learned that spring and Thanksgiving are great times to visit if you're looking for a good value, and booking rooms directly through the hotel will get you the best rate!