The Sagamore bills itself as "The Art Hotel." It's that and a whole lot more. It sits on Collins Ave. on the same block that holds the Delano, the National, and the Ritz Carlton. So it's in a very good neighborhood, and only a half block from Lincoln Road and about 4 from Ocean Drive. Locationwise, you can't do better.
The decor is modern, white, design in the style created by the Delano. It has all the amenities--nice pool, great outdoor bar and seating by the pool, well-equipped gym, breakfast buffet and dining facilities, and even a nice quiet (a rare thing in south Beach) sitting area. The back of the hotel "fronts" onto the new stone boardwalk that parallels Collins Ave. with the ocean and the beach on the other side. You can walk or jog for miles and scope out all the other classy hotels in the area.
The rooms are, I think, all suites with a sitting room with sink, microwave, larger than normal refrigerator, etc, and a couch arrangement that includes a hide-a-bed. Large bathroom with large-walk in shower, and a separate bedroom with spare but nice furnishings. Though the vibe overall is very adult, sophisticated, the room arrangement would be perfect for a family with small children.
The service was unfailingly friendly. The women at the front desk worked out my late request to be credited with airline affinity miles (something I only learned about when reading their hotel guide in the room and so failed to ask for when I checked in) and the maintenance man who was making some minor repair to the main elevator, insisted on taking our bags for us to the alternate elevator down the hall, making pleasant conversation as we followed him.
The only slightly off-putting feature is the entry area. It's very "empty" To be fair, that's to carry out the art theme and it is a lot like a museum room with space to let you view installations from a distance. It just doesn't convey the kind of warmth that is otherwise a hallmark of the place.
All in all, we really enjoyed this hotel. It's rates undoubtedly make it the least expensive among its peers on the block but the amenities and the service makes it nearly their equal. In short, it's a great value place to experience the design vibe of South Beach without breaking the bank, leaving you more expendable cash with which to party.
- 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