We searched many hotels before settling on the Beacon for our one night stay in January before our cruise. We wanted to stay in a hotel opposite the beach, and also to enjoy the Art Deco feel of the area.
We checked in late afternoon and were promptly met by a porter who whisked our luggage off while our car was parked for us (for a small charge). Our corner suite, two rooms with a king size bed and fold out sofa bed for the kids was perfect. The bathrooms were tiny, but of course, this is an old building and these features only added to the whole experience for me.
My husband and I headed downstairs for a drink while the kids enjoyed the fast free wi-fi. The sofa bed was not made up, but one call and a house staff member was straight up to make it for them.
We headed out for dinner and were completely spoiled for choice. After reviewing menus, we settled on Caffe Milano - excellent food and service. Miami South Beach buzzes at night, and we loved walking along the beach front enjoying the sights and sounds.
Our bed was very comfortable, and despite the cafes and bars downstairs, we slept well. In the morning, we collected our breakfast voucher and enjoyed a lovely breakfast at the cafe downstairs. We had just enough time for a walk up to the Art Deco Museum before check out. When we returned to the hotel, I asked if we could go up to the roof top garden as I had seen the pictures on Facebook. We were told it was not open at this stage, which was unfortunate. However, as we were packing up, we had a call from reception saying Jose could take us up there. I was very impressed by this, as they made the effort to open it for us, and it was definitely worth a look.
Overall, excellent customer service, location is brilliant, hotel is charming, mixing old world Art Deco with modern day comfort. One day we'll come back and spend longer than one night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beacon Hotel is a gem among boutique South Beach hotels in Miami. Besides its premium location right in the center of Ocean Drive, and beautifully remodeled rooms and lobby, the Beacon gives you South Beach how it is meant to be experienced. Here, you have direct access to seven miles of sand and surf, unrivaled nightlife, premier shopping and dining. Enjoy infinite views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and historical sherbet-colored Art Deco architecture on the other. Be it honeymoon, anniversary or a romantic beach getaway, this historical oceanfront boutique hotel is a haven for a perfect romantic vacation. Beacon Hotel offers complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary beach towels and beach chairs in the room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beacon Hotel Miami Beach
- Beacon Miami Beach