Our first trip to The Shore Club was in April 2009. I wrote a detailed review of my first experience on TripAdvisor ("The definitive review of the Shore Club -- read here first!” posted May 5, 2009). That review offered my thoughts on who should visit, and who the hotel probably doesn’t work well for, so please read there if you are looking for more detailed comments.
We returned for our 2nd stay in June. In summary, our experience was just as positive, so I can highly recommend the hotel for people looking for a unique South Beach experience. For me, this is a great “getaway” destination, and we will be returning for a long weekend at the end of July, so that alone should tell you how well things went!
I’ll offer some feedback, some of which may be repetitive if you read my first review:
THE VIBE: Fun, party environment. Music will be playing by the pool and at Skybar -- some have called it “loud”, but I disagree – the music and volume are part of the experience that the Shore Club offers. So if you are looking for a quiet getaway, this is NOT the place for you. On Sunday afternoon there is an all-day Pool Party with a DJ right at the pool. It’s crowded and more of a scene. We found it to be a blast, but we met people who didn’t care for it at all (you can go to the beach which is steps away if it’s too much).
THE LOOK: As you can see from the web site, the hotel’s look and feel is South Beach Art Deco style, which I personally prefer to the new construction at the Setai or the Gansevoort. We visited the Setai and Gansevoort and if you blinked you might think you were in NYC for a moment! You’ll never be confused when you are at the Shore Club and the Delano – both are pure South Beach experiences.
COMMENTS ON THE VIBE / HOTEL: The crowd is young / young-minded couples and singles who are in good shape, looking for a lively environment, and like to dress to impress. Given that, the hotel probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for families with young kids, older folks, or people looking for a quiet, serene environment.
THE STAFF: It puzzled us to read negative reviews from some people about the staff. We found the staff to be friendly, warm, and more than happy to help in any way possible. Stacey who works at the pool was exceptional, and is worthy of praise. After a rainy morning we went to the pool and Stacey made our drinks, served them to us in the pool, provided us with DJ services (her Sunday Pool Party iPod mix – her DJ name has something to do with a specific bird, from what I remember ;-) ), served us food, etc. Christophe, the Manager of Skybar, introduced himself and made sure we were happy with the service. Unfortunately I cannot recall other employees’ names (due to my drinking, oops!), but everyone who helped us was great. NOTE: A word to the wise – whether at the Shore Club or any hotel/bar/restaurant, if you wish to be treated well it always helps to treat people with respect. That means acknowledging staff members in a friendly manner, smiling, etc. We noticed several people giving attitude towards Staff members. Why does anyone believe that method will produce good results?
THE ROOM: We again had no issues with cleanliness and everything worked fine. The room we stayed in was an Oceanfront View, King. The style is minimalistic to accentuate the beauty of the ocean view. It is clean, simple, and functional – but that is the intention. If you want plush carpets and tacky framed pictures on the wall, this is not the place for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed by famed British architect David Chipperfield, with landscaping inspired by the rich Matisse-like palette of the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Shore Club shimmers with intrigue and sensuality. Anchored by the original polished terrazzo floor, the elegant furnishings are an eclectic mix evocative of global marketplaces—including relaxed sofas, hand-woven tribal rugs and large patterned throw pillows from Kenya that invite mixing and mingling. The vibe is lively, the atmosphere intimate, the feeling electric. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shore Club Hotel Miami Beach
- Shore Hotel Miami Beach
- The Shore Hotel
- Shore Club Miami
- Shore Club In Miami