Just came back from a trip to South Beach with friends. The Gale is a new small hotel right on Collins Avenue -- just one block from Lincoln road and one block from the beach -- located across the street from the Delano for those familiar with South Beach. The Gale is associated with the Shelburne hotel that's on the beach and about 1/2 block down so guests have beach chair/cushion/towel access which is extremely convenient. Excellent service. Nice restaurant coffee bar and bar. Hotel has a cute restaurant which we didn't use so I can't properly rate this. One strange thing is that if you enter from the back side of the hotel (where the valet parking is), the name on the hotel building is the Regent. This can be a little confusing for those looking for the valet parking service.
The ceiling 'rain shower' is very nice, BUT, know that the bathroom shower and sink area don't have a separate door separating them from the hotel room. (Though the toilet is in a private area). They are partially blocked by the sink and window, but for anyone sharing a room that wants to shower in privacy, be aware of this. Unless you are very comfortable with your roommate I wouldn't recommend sharing a room for this reason. The rooms is comfortable, new and clean. Very nicely stocked mini-bar. Hotel also offers guests umbrellas to borrow which I thought was unique and convenient. My only complaints: Room does not have any sort of drawers or a countertop to put things (though there is a hanging closet above the mini bar), which leaves you living out of your suitcase for items that would go in a drawer, and while the mini bar is stocked with every sort of drink imaginable, there was no coffee in the room and no complimentary coffee in the lobby. If I were on a longer trip, the lack of drawer space might have bothered me a little more. Lobby coffee shop doesn't open until 7 so for those early risers, you'll have to go outside the hotel for coffee. As with probably many hotels in this area with late nightlife, it can also be a little noisy for rooms in the lower levels -- if this is a problem for you the hotel will offer earplugs or you can ask for a room on an upper level. The window coverings do a great job of completely blocking out all of the sunlight and darkening the room for those that need a dark room to sleep.
Another small complaint is that our room wasn't ready until about 4:45 pm. Had we arrived much earlier in the day this might have been a real bother. One last thing - the hotel charges a 'resort fee' which I believe they credit back when you have a drink at the bar/restaurant; however, the check in folks never explained this to us so we didn't fully take advantage of the credit -- be sure to ask about how this works.
Overall, I'd recommend it and I'd stay here again for the price, location,service, beach access and comfort/cleanliness of the rooms but I can't quite give it a 5 rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gale South Beach is set on the Southwest corner of 17th street and Collins Avenue, just steps from the ocean. Located in the heart of South Beach, the hotel is within walking distance of popular attractions including Lincoln Road, New World Symphony, Fillmore Theater, Miami Beach Convention Center, and Ocean Dr. The 87 room luxury boutique hotel features certified green rooms and signature suites offering luxury Italian linens, marble bath appointments, exclusive Menin Hospitality GUYandGIRL bath amenities, a 55-inch high definition LED television with an expanded 90 channel HD lineup on the latest IBAHN system, iHOME docking station for the latest ipads, fully stocked mini bar, WiFi Internet access, room service, state-of-the-art fitness center, beach club access, and nightly turn down service. Gale South Beach offers a collection of food and beverage venues including Dolce Italian Cafe & Bar, the Regent Cocktail Club, a rooftop bar and Rec Room. Guests receive complimentary coffee located in the lobby daily. Menin Hospitality Perks program is available to all guests, offering up to $100 in food and beverage savings to the restaurants and bars in the Menin Hospitality collection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gale South Beach Miami Beach, Florida