Miami, United States

Life House, Collins Park

Price per night from$162.01

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD162.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

A fine streamline

Setting

Canalside Collins Park

In a quieter corner of Miami Beach, Life House, Collins Park is an art deco design dream in a heritage 1930s building. It’s a simple sort of set-up, with a cocktail terrace out by the water, a plunge pool on the roof and the palm-filled Mama Joon restaurant – a perfect pitstop for vegetarians and fans of sharing plates. The hotel has both Quaker and merchant’s-residence vibes: the rooms have rattan rugs and pendant lamps, neutral tones and wooden desks, but little flashes of luxury come in just the right place: Diptyque scents, Revival New York linens and Le Labo bath products.

 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

50, including seven suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £158.90 ($212), including tax at 31.1 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from US$12 a person).

Also

The hotel is housed in a streamline deco building that was built in 1934, right by the Collins Canal and Collins Park, and indeed Collins Avenue, the main road that runs all the way down the island – all a tribute to John Collins, who was kind of a big deal in making Miami Beach back at the turn of the 20th century.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, minibar, Marshall Bluetooth speakers and Le Labo bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Families or groups will enjoy the novelty factor of the four full-size bunk beds in the Bohemian Suites, but if you don’t want to feel like you’re in the Big Brother house, go for a Deluxe King. The Rooftop Kings have sliding doors that lead directly to the terrace and plunge pool – great if you want to snag a sunlounger; not so great if you want a little more privacy.

Poolside

There’s a plunge pool (max capacity: eight adults) up on the roof.

Packing tips

This is Miami Beach and you’d be forgiven for thinking some of the people around you had forgotten to put on any clothes at all – but it’s hot enough to almost excuse it. Heads up, though: you’re going to need a suitcase full of sweat-proof clothing.

Also

The communal areas are accessible for wheelchair users and there are a couple of specially adapted rooms.

Children

All ages are welcome, but there aren’t a lot of facilities for kids. Cots and playpens can be added to rooms on request. The restaurant has highchairs and the chef will happily adapt dishes for younger palates.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Choose from one of the cosy cream booths inside or head out to the tables on the terrace along the Collins Canal.

Dress Code

Natural linens to match the breezy, beachy, Tulum-inspired interiors.

Hotel restaurant

Mama Joon looks to Lebanon, southern Italy and Greece for its mostly-vegetable sharing plates. The Mediterranean, mezze-style menu was inspired by the Life House CEO’s Lebanese-American heritage – he and his mother picked out their favourite family recipes, so you can expect hearty, home-style cooking: house-made chilli feta, spiced labneh and herby roasted cauliflower with lemon and capers – and huge just-baked breads to dip with. Breakfast consists of seasonal fruit plates, smoothies and cooked-to-order hot dishes.

Hotel bar

There’s a bar that’s part of Mama Joon; drinks are served until 11pm. Go for a classic Collins to keep with the most-used moniker around here. There’s also a cold-pressed-juice bar in the Living Room Lobby. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am until 11.30am, and then an all-day menu takes over from noon until 10pm.

Location

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Address
Life House, Collins Park
2216 Park Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
Miami
United States

The hotel is close to Collins Park on Miami Beach, in Will Smith’s favourite Floridian city.

Planes

Miami International Airport is 11 miles away from Life House; the drive should take 25 minutes. Taxi apps (Uber, Lyft) make it easy to hail a cab from the airport.

Trains

Miami Amtrak station is a 25-minute drive from the hotel. The Silver Service/Palmetto line calls in here, after stopping off all the way along the East Coast, starting in New York City, via Philadelphia, Charleston and Savannah, as well as other cities in Florida (including Orlando and Tampa).

Automobiles

The hotel is in downtown Miami Beach, within easy walking distance of South Beach, but if you want to see more of the city, especially over on the mainland, your own car will come in handy. There’s a public car park nearby, at which the hotel has negotiated a discounted daily rate of US$30. It’s about a 10-minute walk from here to Life House, so drop your bags off first.

Worth getting out of bed for

It’s Miami, and so it’s probably hot and humid, so do yourself a favour and head up to the hotel’s rooftop to hang out by the plunge pool, or cool off with some canalside cocktails on the terrace. Once you’re temperature-controlled, endless art deco architecture awaits. 

Don’t miss a trip to The Bass on Collins Avenue, a one-stop culture shop with art exhibitions, a sculpture garden and regular lectures, all in a historic art deco space. Keep things highbrow with a night out at the ballet; Miami City Ballet has been wowing people with displays of flexibility since 1985. If you just can’t get enough of all the art deco design, sign up for a walking tour, where someone will helpfully point out all of the pretty, pastel buildings of note in this heritage district. Miami Beach is a short walk from the hotel, but for a wider, quieter stretch, head north to Bal Harbour Beach. Lighthouse Family fans (no shame here): we know you’re going to want to head to Ocean Drive. While you’re down that way, check out South Pointe Park, at the southernmost tip, and the pier.

Bal Harbour Shops is the open-air mall for you if you love palm-lined retail paradises and travelling back in time.  

 

Local restaurants

Go hungry to Yardbird and fill up on fried chicken, shrimp’n’grits and other classic Southern comfort food. You’re surrounded by water so you can bet the seafood is going to be good – head to Stiltsville Fish Bar on Purdy Avenue for oysters, tiradito and tuna crudo. For the best pizza outside of New York City, try beloved Brooklyn import Lucali, but make sure your name’s down before 5pm to ensure the carb-loading can commence. More Italian feasting awaits at Macchialina, where dishes include short-rib and taleggio lasagne, locally made burrata and veal parmigiana. 

Local bars

For some all-American fun, join the party at Sweet Liberty, where the cocktails are creative (Velvet Sideswipe: mezcal, chilli-infused liqueur, pineapple, lemon and black pepper) – or sometimes just creatively named (Basic Bitch: vodka, St Germain, prosecco and strawberry).  

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Florida and unpacked their retro swimwear and rollerskates, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Life House, Collins Park in Miami…

Many of Miami Beach’s hotels are set in historic art deco buildings, and Life House, Collins Park has a similar fortunate backdrop. This streamlined deco structure was built in 1934, between the sea and the Collins Canal, in a neighbourhood that feels miles away from the scene-y side of Miami Beach, but still close enough to all the action when you want it. The laid-back, low-key Life House brand may be simple, but it knows exactly where to look for the coolest accoutrements: scents by Diptyque, bath products be Le Labo and linens by Revival New York. Restaurant Mama Joon has a similarly relaxed vibe, with palms, hanging rattan lamps and home-style, sharing-ready Lebanese food. Cooling off from the Miami heat (and humidity) comes courtesy of the rooftop plunge pool and canalside cocktails. It’s the design-forward destination for you if you want to see a different side to Miami, away from all the bachelorette parties. 

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