South Beach (SoBe) was developed in the early 20th century as a winter playground for wealthy northern visitors. Many of the earliest hotels were built in the Art Deco style and had flats roofs, where parties were held during the Prohibition era. These lovely buildings fell into disrepair until the 1980s, when their pastel colors and architectural detail were restored to their former glory.
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Hotel La Flora
Located in the heart of the Art Deco Historic District on Collins Avenue, Hotel La Flora is a short walk from the Art Deco Welcome Center, the Wolfsonian Museum, and Miami Beach Cinematique. This charming boutique hotel has many Art Deco features including porthole-like windows on the façade and beautiful terrazzo flooring. Air-conditioning, marble bathrooms, and plasma TVs are reassuringly 21st century at this well-located South Beach hotel.
The historic Delano combines beautiful Art Deco features with white Phillippe Stark interior designs. It creates a stunning four star hotel with an emphasis on comfort in the heart of SoBe’s boutiques and restaurants. The fun never stops at this upscale hotel, with private cabanas for sunbathing around the pool by day and outdoor parties in the pleasant gardens after dark. With a signature restaurant, sushi bar, and wellness center, the Delano embraces the true Miami lifestyle.
Located on Ocean Drive overlooking the beautiful white sands and blue waters of South Beach, The Tides South Beach is a true Art Deco gem. This boutique hotel, nicknamed the “Diva of South Beach” has just 45 charming guest rooms all furnished in contemporary style. Guests receive a welcome cocktail and the use of beach chairs and towels. Check out the views from the roof terrace, which is one of the best vantage points of the surrounding Art Deco Historic District.
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Located one block from Ocean Drive and Lummus Park, the three star Hotel Astor is a boutique hotel that has all the finer features of 1930s grandeur. Listed by the Miami Design Preservation League, this Art Deco hotel has restored terrazzo flooring and retro lighting in the lobby. Enjoy eclectic music from blues to jazz, creating a mellow mood for sipping cocktails in the courtyard. Air-conditioned rooms include daily maid service, beach chairs, and Wi-Fi Internet access. Room rates include breakfast and complimentary use of retro beach cruisers for getting around.
Spacious Metropole Suites South Beach
The well-equipped Metropole Suites South Beach offers four star luxury and spacious accommodation just around the corner from Ocean Drive. Nightclubs, cafés, boutiques, and the beach are all just a short walk from this beautiful Art Deco building on Collins Avenue. The well-appointed suites have compact Italian kitchens, a separate living area, and a shared private pool.
Opposite Lummus Park on Ocean Drive, the Hotel Ocean is one of the best value hotels on South Beach. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, this delightful Art Deco-style hotel is a short walk from the former Versace Mansion and the Welcome Center. It offers simple rooms, a delightful courtyard, and an excellent Italian restaurant.
A stay in any of these historic Art Deco gems is sure to be truly memorable.