This was my first trip to Miami and definitely my first experience at a gay-centred hotel. I have to say without a doubt this was one of my favourite hotel stays!
Location is great on a major street and a 5 minute walk to the Lincoln shops and restaurants. Huahuas next door is delicious too. The beach (esp 12th) and popular clubs like Twist were farther, about a 20-25 minute walk.
The boutique-style hotel makes for a friendlier atmosphere and you get to know all of the front desk staff. They're all super helpful, fun to chat with and super cute to boot. YR ;)
My room was petite king but was spacious with a lounge area and desk. Decor was unique but a bit depressing with the black, red and grey industrial theme. Rooms were spotless with the exception of some ants here or there. Bed was very comfy with lots of pillows. Oh, free wifi!!
I didn't have a chance to use the spa, but it was there. The downstairs bar was usually buzzing in the evenings with middle aged to older clientele and the adjacent lounge with tables, games, TVs and gay books was really cool. A collection of beach towels for taking was a nice touch. Oh, Matt makes a mean mocha at the coffee bar too...
Suggestions for improvement? A little less dark of a decor theme in the rooms, bigger TVs (in bigger rooms like 3010), nightstand drawers, irons, lotion, and less eucalyptus!
High fives and hugs to hosts Alex, Matt, Mark, Steph, Hector and Yandry! Meeting them was definitely one of the highlights of my stay! I was too shy to ask a few of them on a date, but I guess they probably get hit on all the time anyway......!
Last thing, this place is definitely STRAIGHT-FRIENDLY, though probably for a more liberal crowd.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hôtel Gaythering is Miami Beach's only Gay Hotel. It is located in South Beach where prestigious Lincoln Rd meets the Bay. Behind its original facade, nothing has been spared to provide a unique experience. Our amenities reflect the fact that luxury is no longer about spending the most money. It is about getting the best value and being made to feel special. We want to help visitors to become instant locals. Our staff has a wealth of knowledge and passion about its community. We love to share this with our guests. Our lobby is the heart of our Hôtel, a communal space where guests and locals can "Gayther". It is a place where relationships can organically unfold thus creating a sense of community within the Hôtel. The Bar and Library serve as incubators for productive minds, as well as casual communal experiences. We promote "Gaythering" and socializing with activities and curated programming. Guests and local members might also want to take full advantage of the complimentary use of our "Men Only Self-Spa" feat Hamam/Mud Lounge, Jacuzzi, Steam Room and Sauna. The perfect place to relax and recharge. We welcome anyone with an explorer's spirit committed to take an active part in bettering their life without taking anything too seriously. "We might not have it all together, but together we have it all". ... more less
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