Beacon Hotel is in the middle of South Beach, right in the thick of things. Driving towards the hotel on a Sunday afternoon was very tricky and difficult with snarling traffic and what seemed like a Las Vegas New Year's eve crowd. Thank God for their valet parking because us country bumpkins probably would not have been able to check in until past midnight. Check-in and out was a breeze. Our room was average size, suitable for two people. The room was towards the back and we were thankful for this; not sure how people with ocean-front rooms sleep at night with all the *LOUD* thumping noises from Ocean Drive.
Bathroom is teeny tiny and may pose difficulties for large or overweight people. Women (or men) with plenty of make-up and grooming supplies will not be able to fit everything in the bathroom, trust me. Close the lid of the toilet when grooming just in case you should drop something. Room and bathroom were quite clean, but not as spic and span as other hotels I've stayed in. This property is old but quite well-maintained and it's obvious they've tried to keep up with the times in terms of decor, tiles, carpeting, etc. There is an exercise room and computers and a printer for guest use. WiFi is free in the room and super fast. There is a deck area on the roof but no swimming pool. Parking is 20 dollars a day. There is a safe, minibar, snacks, and flat screen tv in the room.
Staff is super, super friendly, even offering water at check-out and always asking daily what we did upon our return to their property. They provide beach towels and chairs for free. The beach is about a 100 meters or so from the hotel and it is jaw-droppingly stunning. We used the breakfast vouchers every morning for the included breakfast, but somehow ended up paying an extra forty to sixty dollars for two to three cocktails at breakfast. Oy vey, things on South Beach are not cheap. What appeared like a good deal will quickly morph into an expensive deal with all the gratuities, sales tax, and God knows whatever surcharges are added by the city of Miami Beach. This hotel is walking distance to convenience and liquor stores, restaurants, tacky boutiques, banks, scooter and bike rentals, Lummus Park, other Art Deco gems, galleries, museums, high-end stores, bakeries, gelato shops, etc. The Place restaurant attached to the hotel is mediocre at best and charges an arm and a leg for cocktails and alcohol. Again, caveat emptor at the restaurant, you've been warned. Stay at the Beacon to experience South Beach in one of its original Art Deco hotels. We would definitely return.