The Sagamore is a lovely hotel with a great location on Collins Avenue. It provides a respite from the craziness of Ocean Drive, but is just a short walk away from the action. Convenience stores, pizza and other small eateries are just steps from the hotel. It's also within a couple of blocks of Lincoln Road and Espanola Way, which are pedestrian-friendly areas with all kinds of shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment.
This self-described 'art hotel' lives up to that moniker, as the hotel's public areas contain sculptures, paintings, photographs, and other artistic elements. The mix of art and Art Deco make for a visual and intellectual treat. The hotel's decor is done in mostly white, as a backdrop for the art. The ambience could best be described as 'museum-chic'.
The outside areas at the rear of the hotel have well-manicured bushes and shrubs as well as palm trees that cover the small but beautiful pool. There is also a 'video garden' where there is additional outdoor seating, but the video garden as 'art' didn't come across as interesting as it sounded. The outdoor areas were all nice, feeling private and lush despite their small size.
The rooms also have a white theme, but furnishings help to provide some color. Small touches, like a coral-base lamp, gently remind one of the beach. These elements give the rooms a slightly warmer feel than the main hotel areas.
Our room was a corner/oceanfront suite with absolutely STUNNING oceanfront views. There were sliding glass doors that opened to a small but lovely balcony. The balcony itself overlooked the hotel's courtyard and pool area below, with the beachfront and ocean just beyond--it was a spectacular sight. (Keep in mind that views and balcony availability vary by room type).
There was a large, white L-shaped couch, and a mirrored bar area with a large flat-screen incorporated into it. There was also a large desk with chairs and a translucent, modern coffee table. An iron and ironing board, mini-fridge and a microwave were included. Thankfully, the mini-fridge was only half-stocked, allowing guests some room for their own items.
There were also nice lighting touches in the room with table lamps, track-lighting, as well as dimmer switches to 'set the mood'. The suite (possibly because it was on the top floor), had very high ceilings, giving it a sense of grandness throughout.
The living room and bedroom were separated by glass-paned double-doors, so you could still enjoy ocean views from the bedroom area. There was a second, smaller flat-screen TV in the bedroom, and a mirrored closet in the wall next to the bed.
The bed itself was fabulous in terms of looks and comfort. It was plush without being 'mushy’, and my wife and I slept very well. The bed linens were crisp, white and of high quality. There were two tell, modern, chic lights on both sides of the bed, and there was a very high, padded headboard that made it feel even more luxurious.
The marble bathroom was clean, beautiful and functional. There was a large white sink (that also acted as counter), and a tall mirror. Towels and toiletries were all neatly arranged. The bathroom was lit by modern, museum-style track lights. There was also a large Jacuzzi tub for good soaking baths. The toilet had its own little room, which could be closed off for privacy with a frosted glass pocket door.
The rest of the hotel and public areas were clean and elegant. The restaurant sat near the back of the hotel on the lobby level; it was also elegant and chic in the white decor, but rarely did it have anyone dining there except for breakfast. I did not eat there, so I could not comment on the food.
The check-in process was very smooth and handled professionally. All of the staff were friendly and seemed to go out of their way to make us feel welcome throughout our stay. Doormen and valets were also efficient, friendly and prompt. Housekeeping had the rooms looking as immaculate as possible. I have nothing but positive things to say about the staff.
As slick and as artsy as the Sagamore was, it was not without flaws. The Jacuzzi jets in our bathtub did not work. To be fair, we didn't mention the problem until check-out since it was not that important to us during our stay...but it is worth mentioning for this review. The water pressure was on the lighter side, which meant quite a wait for the large tub to fill.
There were a few other minor things like scuff marks on the translucent coffee table and the cushions on the white couch showed slight signs of wear. The closet in the bedroom was difficult to open, and the long table in the bedroom and the table and chairs on the balcony felt a little on the cheap and flimsy side. As long as keep your expectations in check and realize this isn't quite at the level of the Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons, you should really enjoy this unique, beautiful property.
Overall, the Sagamore is a great hotel with a fantastic location, large rooms, beach access and provides a sense of privacy in the busy SoBe area. My wife and I loved the suite and the incredible beach views from the room and balcony. The art and Art Deco architecture certainly made this a unique and special property worth a stay. We felt the rates were very good for the high quality of hotel that it was, and I left feeling very impressed with our entire experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary Suite Hotel, guest rooms with individual decors, private art collections; set on the ocean, near convention center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sagamore Miami Beach
- Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach