We'd spent quite a bit of time researching South Beach hotels and settled on this one. Yes, we knew it was next door to the Clevelander which is quite the party hotel, but the Essex is really very different. The building itself is historic and very well preserved and maintained - but its quite contemporary inside. We opted for the cheaper standard room which was spacious with a very comfortable bed and looked exactly like the pictures on the website. Free wifi was a bonus and useful. The pool was really nice - on the small side but very well managed and nice and leafy/garden like as pools go. Whats best though is the very cool barman delivers really excellent drinks to the pool area - and with an extended happy hour, its all too easy to take an extra Pina Colada and lounge the afternoon away :)
They have towels for the beach which was nice, and the front desk was awesome.
The only (minor) negative is the Clevelander next door - but we had a room that faced it and had no issues sleeping. After living in the middle of a city for many years it was actually quieter - and the A/C muffled anything else.
Would we stay here again ? Absolutely. We had a spectacular time and Miami exceeded our expectations. Great restaurants, very cool bars (try the Sky bar at the Shore Club) and amazing cuban food.
The Essex House and her staff made us feel the most welcome we've felt in a long time. Great job!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Essex House is an award-winning South Beach hotel in the Miami Beach Art Deco District. Surrounded by nightclubs, cafes and designer boutiques, Essex House is an Art Deco landmark property in the heart of South Beach. The hotel features 70 rooms including 14 luxurious suites to help you leave all of your stress behind. Your stay includes complimentary continental breakfast, a daily happy hour at Zen Sai Restaurant, and access to the nightlife at our sister property, Clevelander South Beach, located just steps away on Ocean Drive. Essex House Hotel is the perfect choice when you want the best of all worlds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Essex House Hotel Miami Beach
- Essex Hotel Miami Beach
- Essex House Hotel South Beach
- Essex Miami Beach