Stayed at the Beacon in South Beach during a business trip in June. I had read some good reviews online, but also a few people warning about the "basement room." So when I checked in I asked for a room on the highest floor they had available, and they accommodated me with a room on the 5th floor.
It's an old hotel, so don't expect spacious rooms, but they're well kept and fairly well up to date. The beds are very soft and comfortable, and the bath towels are fantastic! The location is terrific if you're looking for the typical South Beach scene. It's right across the street from the beach, and rooms facing that direction will have ocean views. It's also right in the middle of a cool stretch of sidewalk restaurants/bars, so there's plenty to see and do. I stayed Mon-Thur so I missed the crazy party scene, but even so, the area was crowded and getting more so as the week went by, although I heard zero noise in my 5th floor room.
Valet parking is a must, and operated by a third party company, but is (surprisingly) cheap for the area at $20 a day. The hotel offers a free breakfast, but since "it's Miami" (according to the front desk girl), it doesn't start till 9am, and I was out well before then each morning. I would highly recommend the Cuban restaurant a few doors down, and beware of the fat bearded homeless guy who likes to sleep on the bench out front wearing a two piece bikini.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean views, world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife: Beacon South Beach Hotel puts the heart of Miami at your fingertips. Located amidst the best attractions of Ocean Drive, Beacon is a boutique, seaside hotel specializing in luxurious comfort and unparalleled service. Combining historic Art Deco aesthetics with chic, modern design, the hotel drips with glamor and elegance in a tropical setting. As a team dedicated to making your stay memorable, we accommodate your every need for a posh solo vacation, a romantic escape, or a glitzy weekend with the girls. Stay at Beacon South Beach, and indulge in the height of SoBe luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beacon Hotel Miami Beach
- Beacon Miami Beach
- Beacon South Beach Hotel Miami Beach, Florida