Miami, United States


Rates from (inc tax)$274.00

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Jet-set beach house


Between Collins and the beach

Nautilus, a Sixty hotel, has had an injection of mid-century cool to breathe new life into this art-deco icon right on Miami Beach. With eight floors of chic nautical rooms, a sunken lounge for heady cocktails and a spectacular sea-view pool, this sophisticated urban retreat has bags of laid-back beach-house charm.

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Need to know


250, including 50 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $274.00, excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $28.50 per room per night on check-out.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD312.36), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast; à la carte dishes are available rom US$6. The hotel charges a daily resort fee of US$25 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.

Packing tips

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Bag a table on the terrace to catch the balmy ocean breeze.

Dress Code

For Don-and-Betty poolside chic, pack relaxed shorts and a high-waisted bikini. In the evenings, bring out bold Missoni prints and crisp button-downs.

Hotel restaurant

Inspired by the glorious sea views through its floor-to-ceiling windows, Nautilus Restaurant rustles up Mediterranean cuisine from fresh Floridian produce. Take a seat at the Pool Bar for light bites and ocean views. Inside, the Driftwood Room is a whitewashed, polished spot for a cosy tête-à-tête.

Hotel bar

Just steps from the beach, the palm-and-pebble Pool Bar whips up a mean frozen cocktail; they’re best sipped on the beach or in one of the Bolivian hammocks hidden among the palm trees. Kickstart your day at Driftwood Lounge with a freshly brewed coffee or a cold-pressed juice; in the evenings, it transforms into a hip hangout serving tipples infused with home-grown citrus and tropical flavours.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–11.30am in Nautilus, which continues to serve food until midnight. The Driftwood Room is open 11.30am–2am; drinks are poured at the juice bar and pool bar until 6pm.

Room service

A selection of dishes from the restaurant is available around the clock.


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1825 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach
United States


The nearest airport is Miami International, a hub with flights from London, New York and other American cities. A taxi to the hotel takes 25 minutes and costs around US$40. Additional flights operate into Fort Lauderdale International Airport, a 40-minute drive away. A taxi from there costs around US$70.


Miami station, a 25-minute drive away, serves Amtrak trains from Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers.


You won’t need a car to explore the lively neighbourhood but, if you don’t mind Miami’s congested roads, hiring one is the best way to go further afield. Valet parking is available for US$40 a night excluding tax.

Worth getting out of bed for

Up-and-coming Mid-Beach may be the talk of the town, but South Beach is still where the action is. Once you’ve had your fill of poolside lounging, set out on foot to experience the neighbourhood’s laid-back buzz and vibrant food scene. Take a stroll down Lincoln Road, a pedestrian hotspot lined with interesting shops and eye-catching galleries. It’s also home to the Colony Theatre, a newly restored art deco venue. Nearby, the ArtCentre South Florida hosts artists’ residencies and cutting-edge exhibitions. If you’d rather play out on the water, the Boucher Brothers have a fleet of jet skis, waverunners and, yes, banana boats at your beck and call.


Local restaurants

Don’t be fooled by The Federal’s strip-mall location: this cheerful, self-styled tavern does modern Americana really rather well (+1 305 578 9559). Brunch here is a feast of egg, steak, plantain and home-made biscuits. Don’t miss Wednesdays’ traditional crawfish boil. Newly opened Buns & Buns (+1 786 216 7754) is fast and furiously addictive: the South Beach joint dishes up lobster rolls, shrimp steam buns and brisket brioches in less than 20 minutes. Chic grey banquettes and tactile wood panelling nod to classic Italian films at Dolce (+1 786 975 2550), but, frankly, anywhere with a mozzarella bar would get our vote. Local star Michelle Bernstein runs the show at Seagrape (+1 786 605 1043).


Local bars

From dive bar to swanky rooftop hangout, Miami has a drinking den for every taste. Spire Bar (+1 305 531 2222) is more of the latter – champagne mojitos here come with illuminated ice cubes. A good spot for a serious cocktail, The Broken Shaker (+1 305 531 2727) on Indian Creek Drive muddles fresh garden herbs and Florida’s famed juices in heady concoction. We love the tropical outdoor areas at the Shore Club’s Skybar (+1 305 695 3100), festooned with oversized plant pots, Moroccan-inspired day-beds and hammocks just begging for louche behaviour.


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Anonymous review

Pro tip: when travelling in South America, never rely on the hotel clocks. Having just spent the week working in the blazing heat of Medellín, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to flying back to the blizzard wreaking havoc in New York. On my last night in Colombia, I got back to my room at 3am and set my alarm for an hour later, to give myself time to pack and head to the airport. But, as is not unusual, the power had gone out at some point during my doze, and my clock had reset.

I was woken up, fully clothed, just after 5am by the hotel bellboy pounding on the door. My driver was pacing anxiously in the lobby below. We drove through the dark at an uncomfortable speed, up the mountains surrounding Medellín to José María Córdova International Airport. I made it onto the flight just as they were closing the gate. But then… my early morning connection to JFK was via Miami. In my sleep-deprived state, the temptation was too great. I made the not-very-difficult decision to ‘miss’ my flight back to the snow. I cleared customs, and strolled out into the sun.

I checked in to Nautilus in South Beach, and headed straight up to my room – it was artfully designed to resemble the cabin of an elegant yacht. The expertly stocked bar was built into a split luggage chest that looked like it belonged in the cargo hold of a Pan-Atlantic steamship. It was glorious. But something smelled off… and it was me. Thirty minutes later, after a shower and a gin and tonic, I was a new man. I ventured down to the pool to scope out the scene and find something to eat. It was a Monday morning, so it was quiet; I realised I'd need a companion for the two days that lay ahead.

I called Mrs Smith, back in snowy New York, and convinced her to skip out on work and book a last-minute flight to Miami. Meanwhile, I swam some laps in the pool and tucked into a grapefruit mimosa and a grilled-chicken sandwich, then napped happily on my lounger till late afternoon. Eventually, I relocated to the lobby bar with my laptop – ostensibly to work, although the art, palm trees and constant coming and going made it pleasingly difficult to focus. At a few minutes past eight, Mrs Smith walked through the doors and ordered a margarita, and soon we were off to meet friends at Nobu, nestled off the lobby at the Eden Roc hotel.

Three hours later, the four of us were still drinking 1942 on the rocks and downing Nobu's famous crispy rice. (If you’re Nobu-bound yourself, we particularly enjoyed the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, quail egg with tobiko, and sautéed scallops with wasabi sauce.) No one was in a rush to go home, so our next stop was the Faena hotel for a nightcap. We ordered another round of margaritas in the Living Room, Faena's decadent lobby lounge, and sipped them on a sofa while the DJ spun an upbeat remix of the Meters’ 1969 classic, Cissy Strut.

The sun was beaming when we woke up (late) so we breakfasted by the pool from the Nautilus’ Driftwood room. Celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli has turned it into a place all of her own, sourcing local ingredients to create a Mediterranean cuisine inspired by her roots in the French culinary-arts scene. After breakfast, Mrs Smith and I walked the boardwalk to Soho Beach House to use the gym and book a couples’ massage for later that afternoon. We spent the remainder of the morning on some beach chairs by the ocean, making plans to avoid next year's New York City winter at all costs. By the time we headed back for our massages, we were both convinced that next year we'd be moving to Central America in December.

By 3pm, we were back at the Nautilus, napping poolside in a cabana – there’s really nothing like it to help you recharge before a big night. Later, we made our way to the Edition hotel for drinks and a memorable dinner at the Matador Room, followed by a trip downstairs to Basement for some late-night bowling (and another round of cocktails). Our party ended the night back at the Nautilus, where we snuck into the pool with some beers smuggled from the room. I'm pretty sure security knew what was going on… but they played it cool and let us be.

As we were packing up the next morning I realized I’d left my credit card at Soho Beach House so sprinted up the boardwalk… and managed one more ocean dip before the flight to New York.

Thanks, Nautilus. We'll see you next winter.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Nautilus’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The space and atmosphere in the rooms, the lovely spacious lobby area, friendly helpful staff, proximity to the buzziness of South Beach. Take a stroll down to Lincoln Road mall, for lunch at any of the restaurants along the strip and a bit of shopping in the Miami sun

Don’t expect

To be disturbed by noise during the nights. Although on South Beach, the hotel itself was pretty quiet.


Stayed on 18 May 2016

We loved

VERY comfy beds, nice rooms, great location. Very quiet at night compared to other hotels (e.g. Fontainebleau) which has a nightclub in it so you can sleep when you want. Staff were really great and get to know your name and remember you from previous days. Breakfast was so yummy! I always ordered a la carte and not from the buffet which seemed slightly limited. The hotel is right in the middle of the main strip so easy walking distance from a lot of cool places. Nice and beautiful restaurant was Carluccio's (but you need to reserve).

Don’t expect

Big bathrooms (only had a small shower in the second best room) or a great sea view unless on higher floors. Pool was on the small side but fine for cooling off, and was very busy so you have to go early to get a spot. I was by myself so wasn't too difficult to find a single sunlounger but for a family this may be more difficult


Stayed on 21 Apr 2016

We loved

The set up of the suite was incredible. I was there with three friends enjoying Miami Music Week, so the pool had events all weekend (which we attended). The hospitality at the Nautilus is top notch. On the busiest weekend since they opened, the staff was still very accommodating. I anticipate that this resort is much quieter on a non-MMW weekend. Would love to return for a future stay.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed!


Stayed on 18 Mar 2016

We loved

Ambience, vibe and eclectic mix of people. Staff were good at being available, but not intrusive. Access to South beach was excellent, hotel beach facility superb. Excellent position on Collins Avenue giving you easy access to all amenities. Positioned at the cool end of Collins!

Don’t expect

Service at the bar was excellent, although seems a bit excessive to add 18% every time!


Stayed on 28 Feb 2016