“Fresh no-frills hotel in buzzy South Beach with brilliant service and a hip, happy vibe”
The 69 ultra-minimalist, all-white rooms create a fresh and calm atmosphere, yet avoid feeling sterile. Scarlet rugs, baby-blue body cushions, inflatable red beach balls and pink flowered lampshades add colour and a subtle hint of mischief, while white candles and fresh flowers create warmth. Rooms are kept spotless but some show signs of wear and tear.
Most rooms are Standard or Superiors - both categories are a rather compact 20 sq.m, but Superiors have an extra window. Equipped with WiFi, a flat-screen TV, iPod dock with alarm clock, data port, an iron with ironing board, a fridge and a safe, they have been cleverly designed and are surprisingly comfortable. All rooms are now non-smoking, with queensize or twin beds, a simple white table and chair, and beige, L-shaped cube couches-cum-crash-pads for an extra overnight visitor. A rollaway bed can also be added (just where, I wonder?) and baby cots are available.
Marble bathrooms are minuscule yet functional, with rain showers, white cotton towels, basic own-brand toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap) and a hairdryer. Additional items such as flip flops, toothpaste etc. can be purchased at reception.
We stayed in a Standard and felt its combination of monastic, white décor and a large window was very bright, making the supplementary charge for a Superior room unnecessary.
If, however, you are happy to splash out a bit, try to score one of the 2 penthouses. Though only marginally larger, they feature private terraces with comfy pouffes, Atlantic or city views, and bigger, brighter, breezier bathrooms. Penthouse B has indoor living area with space for up to 2 extra guests, while Penthouse A has 2 terraces that overlook the ocean. They are very popular, so book early.
A simple, complimentary breakfast with croissants, bagels, boiled eggs, rolls, jam, and fresh orange juice can be picked up in the pantry, which can be a bit of a bottleneck on busy mornings. Take your time and enjoy breakfast in the bright sunroom, an extension of the lobby, with its white shutters and fresh flowered cushions. There's a choice of different teas and an espresso machine where you can make your own very nice lattes. The kitchen/pantry area is open 24 hours for you to make tea or get fresh cold water.
Snacks are available at the reception snack bar, and takeaways from nearby restaurants can be ordered in.
If you feel like venturing out and love Mexican food, you are in for a treat at über-cool Rosa Mexicano (upscale, sophisticated, modern Mexican). Expect pomegranate frozen margaritas and the yummiest guacamole, freshly prepared at your table. Carnivores should try the insanely popular steak haunt Prime 112. Further afield, modern American culinary temples Michy’s and Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink in the Design District are both definitely worth the schlep. On the other side of the spectrum, ultra-basic I love Calle Oche and El Rey de las Fritas are local faves for authentic, hearty Cuban fritas (burgers). For the all-American burger, try Five Guys (yes, it’s a chain, but it’s great). And you're just next door to the acclaimed Nobu.
The hotel is child friendly. Children stay for free up to 17 years of age. Baby cots and rollaway beds are available; kids could also sleep on the sofas. Connecting rooms can be requested.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
There are some connecting Standard rooms which are best for larger family parties. Penthouse B and the Standard and Superior rooms all have a sofa suitable for an extra guest and space for an additional rollaway bed.
Families will love the close proximity to the beach, just a minute away