First, let me say that the February weekend we were there it was VERY cold (VERY meaning it was warmer in Boston for parts of that weekend than in Miami!) so this colors everything I guess. That said, we thought South Beach was so intriguing, eclectic and we especially loved the slew of boutique hotels there (must be a brutally competitive business). We will go back to South Beach, probably once every year or two to people watch, try on glitzy jeans, eat great foot and enjoy the lusty mood of the place.
We picked The Sagamore based on Trip Advisor and also our travel friends who had been there before. Location was prime and overall we enjoyed it; the art was cool, mostly digital media (photos and movies) but was very fun and pervaded the place. The lobby area was bountiful and check in was smooth.
We had reserved a water view room and they provided 3 nights for the price of 2. Not a bad deal but the water view was not direct, more along the side but the rooms were spacious and clean, albeit a little leather clad. Our friends had a room facing Collins Ave the first night and it was very noisy, but the management put them into one of the bungalows along the pool for the next two nights at a reduced rate. The bungalows were pretty neat with a spiral staircase connecting the two floors.
Service was nice but slow...maybe this is Miami time, not sure. We ordered up ice and champagne glasses to toast our friends' anniversary and they were great about this...another time, we waited for an hour for some towels after calling a few times. The rooms were clean but the bathrooms were fairly non-private so if that matters to you, its was not easy to have a quiet moment alone on the John (instead, imagine being in a lightly frosted fish bowl).
We only ate one meal at the Sagamore, breakfast on last day, tea was $7 which seemed high for Tazo but kinda represented the overall menu / price / quality. The pool area never really got hopping, mostly because people were wearing down jackets and wrapped in towels.
Overall, worth a good look and probably a stay. We also took a look at the Delano (ate dinner there, yum, and hotel looked great, probably another price point higher), the Ritz (pretty modern for a Ritz but nautically cool) and the Angler over on Washington which looked great but not as good a location.
When there, be sure to take a long (all day) walk along Lincoln Avenue, try out Epicure for some treats, drive or walk along Ocean Blvd late at night and check out the vibe, and most of all, go when its warm.
- 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