Townhouse Hotel

Miami, Florida, USA

Fresh no-frills hotel in buzzy South Beach with brilliant service and a hip, happy vibe

Awe-struck we watch as the friendly receptionist checking us in, eyes on the computer screen, pulls a beach towel from a shelf somewhere behind him. In one swift, smooth wrist-movement and with a cheerful “Have a good one, Peter”, he throws it sideways over his shoulder to a guest walking out of the elevator in his beach gear, who laughs and catches it. Handing us our room card, Mr. Cirque du Soleil winks, wishes us a great stay and moves on to the next guest. Wow - do they learn this here?!

Steps from the shore, in South Beach’s Art Deco District, and within walking distance of the famous, glitzy Ocean Drive, shopping and nightlife hotspots, this is a hip and cool 69-room hotel with a mixed crowd of beach-bums, fashionistas, party animals, film producers, business travellers and young families - pleasingly children under 18 stay free of charge. Dating from 1939, but renovated in the Noughties by Parisian designer India Mahdavi, the 5-storey hotel has clean, white and spartan décor, with dots of playfulness such as the swing on the porch and inflatable beach balls on the beds. And it all creates a very relaxed and light feel, in line with its impact on the wallet. The roof terrace is the perfect spot to chill out to cool beats after dark. Now, if I could just see one more trick, please...

Guest Ratings

Room:
80%
Food:
72%
Service:
77%
Value:
87%
Overall:
79%

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Reviewed by Maike Harms

Highs

  • Great value for money; basics are included (breakfast, WiFi, essential toiletries); all else can be purchased at very reasonable rates at the reception-cum-minimart
  • Casual, friendly and exceptionally efficient staff
  • Lounge-style roof terrace with city views and loungers, where fun-loving guests mingle
  • Great location, with the beach next door and many of South Beach’s attractions within walking distance

Lows

  • No pool, but the beach is just a minute away
  • Due to its central location, it can be noisy, but we slept fine without earplugs
  • The tiny bathrooms might feel claustrophobic; some rooms are a bit on the scruffy side
  • The 2 penthouses get booked up quickly, so forget about getting one of these at the last minute; be aware that your proximity to the rooftop bar means a noisy night on the weekends
  • The hotel is often booked out for photo and film-shoots

A stylish budget gem...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailTownhouse HotelAwe-struck we watch as the friendly receptionist checking us in, eyes on the computer screen, pulls a beach towel from a shelf somewhere behind him. In one swift, smooth wrist-movement and with a cheerful “Have a good one, Peter”, he throws it sideways over his shoulder to a guest walking out of the elevator in his beach gear, who laughs and catches it. Handing us our room card, Mr. Cirque du Soleil winks, wishes us a great stay and moves on to the next guest. Wow - do they learn this here?! Steps from the shore, in South Beach’s Art Deco District, and within walking distance of the famous, glitzy Ocean Drive, shopping and nightlife hotspots, this is a hip and cool 69-[r:US031:room] hotel with a mixed crowd of beach-bums, fashionistas, party animals, film producers, business travellers and young families - pleasingly children under 18 stay free of charge. Dating from 1939, but renovated in the Noughties by Parisian designer India Mahdavi, the 5-storey hotel has clean, white and spartan décor, with dots of playfulness such as the swing on the porch and inflatable beach balls on the beds. And it all creates a very relaxed and light feel, in line with its impact on the wallet. The roof terrace is the perfect spot to chill out to cool beats after dark. Now, if I could just see one more trick, please...

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