Need to know
250, including 50 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $139.50, excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $39.90 per room per night on check-out.
Rates exclude breakfast; à la carte dishes are available rom US$6. The hotel charges a daily resort fee of US$39.90 excluding tax, which includes internet access, unlimited local calls, access to the gym and two beach loungers.
Idiosyncratic architect Morris Lapidus designed the hotel in the Fifties. Much of its original art deco flavour has been retained: look for his trademark ‘staircase to nowhere’, a quirky way to make a dazzling descent from a cloakroom into the sunken lobby.
At the hotel
Lounge, WiFi (included in resort fee). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, Ren toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Kitted out with vintage trunks, studded headboards and glass-walled marble bathrooms, rooms are fit for a mid-century jet-setter. King Superior rooms are sleek and cosy, and some have floor-to-ceiling views of Collins Avenue. You can spy on the Miami-Beach action from King Oceanfront Balcony rooms, but if you’d rather indulge in some solo sunbathing, the Penthouse has a sprawling terrace and unbeatable city views.
Take a dip in the 170sq m swimming pool, a heated saltwater affair with an underwater sound system. Set between two rows of gently swaying palm trees that lead right down to the beach, it’s an idyllic spot to soak up Florida’s rays. Its teak deck has inviting sunloungers and day-beds, but if you’re planning on staying a while, book one of the eight poolside cabanas, which have their own dining table, minibar and entertainment system.
Save precious luggage space by leaving your beach essentials at home: you’ll find flip flops, a hat, shawl and beach bag in your room.
King Superior rooms and King Junior suites have been adapted for disabled guests, who also have ramp access to all the public areas.
Welcome, but extra beds are not available. Free baby cots can be added to all rooms and the suites and studios have a sofa bed that’s free for under-18s. The restaurant has high chairs and staff will happily arrange babysitting for US$20–$40 an hour.