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1 Hotel South Beach Reviews

With winter weather hitting many parts of the United States, it’s logical to think about taking a warm and sunny vacation. Miami’s South Beach provides a unique beach experience. South Beach is an iconic part of the Miami dream. Movies and television shows have imprinted the image of Miami in our minds: Art Déco architecture, bars with views of the beach, and miles of white sand and palms. 1 Hotel South Beach resort offers the iconic South Beach vacation experience along with the amenities of a great vacation resort.

What Is 1 Hotel South Beach?

1 Hotel South Beach is part of the 1 Hotel chain, which also includes hotels in New York City. These hotels have an eco-friendly theme. Their South Beach offering makes this theme clear in its décor and the fresh cuisine in its restaurants. With a beautiful rooftop bar, resort amenities, and a great location, 1 Hotel South Beach checks off all the boxes for a warm winter vacation. But how does it compare with other Miami Beach resort hotels?

1 Hotel South Beach Features

1 Hotel South Beach has 462 rooms, four pools, and eight food and drink establishments. Pets under 25 pounds are welcome. The hotel requires a $35 per day resort fee.

Pricing

Resort prices vary based on the time of year. On average, a basic room runs for around $350 per night.

How 1 Hotel South Beach Compares

Miami Beach is a popular tourist destination year round. Hotels are available throughout the city. These hotels are diverse; some are small and historic while others are massive resorts. 1 Hotel South Beach is a large resort hotel. It offers many amenities that a smaller hotel can’t provide. However, to help you decide if 1 Hotel South Beach — or another resort hotel — will satisfy your Miami Beach must-have list, we have reviewed this hotel alongside three other great hotels to give you a taste of what’s available.

  • St. Regis Bal Harbour
  • Delano
  • The Tides South Beach

1 Hotel South Beach


Price

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Services

The beach is the highlight of most Miami vacations, and 1 Hotel South Beach offers cabana rentals to make your beach visit extra luxurious. In addition, the hotel provides unique services such as group gym classes and child care until 4 pm. An especially neat service that the hotel offers is complimentary daytime use of Tesla car services.

Facilities

1 Hotel South Beach stands out from other South Beach hotels with its gorgeous rooftop pool. The resort offers three other pools. The resort fee covers chaise lounges and beach umbrellas and bicycle and gym access.

1 Hotel South Beach’s 700 square-foot king room with city views includes a seating area with a daybed. The bathroom is modern and includes a glass-walled shower. Keeping in line with its eco-friendly vibe, 1 Hotel South Beach has HEPA filters and filtered tap and shower water in all of its rooms. Keetsa brand mattresses are featured in all of 1 Hotel South Beach’s rooms.

Food and Drink

With eight diverse restaurants, 1 Hotel South Beach offers a restaurant to meet the needs of anyone in your family. Continuing the earth-friendly theme, several of these restaurants use fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. Several restaurants in the hotel are supervised by celebrity chefs including Jose Mendin and Matthew Kennedy. Watr at the Rooftop, an Asian and South American fusion restaurant with amazing ocean views, is not to be missed.

Nearby Attractions

Close to City Center and the Bass Museum of Art, the hotel is also near the famous Lincoln Road Mall and Bal Harbour shops. Make sure not to miss out on the Design District and Art Déco District.

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  • Breakfast until noon
  • Priority beach seating
  • Tons of restaurants
  • Close to shopping
  • Reviewers enjoyed classes such as yoga

CON

  • Daily resort fee is steep
  • Far from nightlife
  • No airport transportation
  • Reviewers noted low light in hallways

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St. Regis Bal Harbour


St. Regis Bal Harbour is a 216-room and suite luxury hotel in Miami Beach’s North Beach neighborhood. It’s been awarded five stars by Forbes and was awarded AAA’s five diamonds in 2018. A $35 resort fee is required, and pets are allowed. Many upgrades are available for those enrolled in Marriott’s SPG program.

Price

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Basic rooms run around $700 per night.

Services

Butler service with some rooms, live jazz, and complementary Bentley house car service are just some amenities this high-end hotel offers.

Facilities

Rooms include separate tubs and showers, marble floors, ocean-view balconies, and flat-screen TVs in the bathrooms. The resort has two pools, including a “tranquility pool.”

Food and Drink

The hotel has four restaurants: Greek, American, French, and Japanese. 24-hour room service is also available.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby attractions include Art Basel, Bal Harbour shops, and plenty of golf.

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PROS

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  • A true luxury experience
  • All suite rooms
  • Variety of restaurant cuisine

CON

  • Nightly price truly is exorbitant!
  • Far from iconic South Beach nightlife
  • Some reviewers noted poor service

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Delano South Beach


Delano is an Art Déco hotel in the middle of the South Beach historic district. It is a large, 4-star hotel with 194 rooms. It allows pets.

Price

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Price can range from $300 to over $600 per night.

Services

An airport shuttle, 24-hour room service, beach umbrellas, and chairs are some of the services offered.

Facilities

An older building that’s showing its age, Delano South Beach offers an outdoor pool, 24-hour gym, and penthouse and bungalow suites.

The hotel doesn’t have a private beach, but it does have a bar on the beach.

Food and Drink

The hotel includes an Argentinian restaurant and a sushi restaurant. Food also is available in the beach club area.

Nearby Attractions

Tons of bars, lively nightlife, Art Déco architecture, the World Erotic Art Museum, the LGBT Visitors Center, and, of course, the beach are easily accessed from this South Beach hotel.

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  • Beautiful, historic beach resort
  • Close to everything South Beach offers

CON

  • Out-of-date rooms
  • Pool opens to the public at 7 pm
  • Nightlife gets noisy

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The Tides South Beach


The Tides Hotel in South Beach Miami

Image: CC BY-SA 4.0, Daniel Di Palma, via Wikimedia Commons

The Tides is a small (45-room) historic, Art Déco style hotel in the center of the lively South Beach neighborhood near Lummus Park. The resort fee is $15 per day. Small dogs are allowed.

Price

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Average price is around $300 for a basic room.

Services

This staff at this small hotel are known for their friendliness, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all guests. They help arrange lower-priced excursions for guests if requested. The pool and fitness center at the Tides is open 24 hours a day.

Facilities

As an older, smaller hotel, the Tides doesn’t offer the kind of amenities and large rooms a newer, larger hotel can provide. However, the rooms are updated with glass showers and modern décor, and there are ocean views in all rooms.

Food and Drink

Three restaurants are located on the hotel property; countless other neighborhood restaurants and bars are available just steps away.

Nearby Attractions

Located in the same neighborhood as Delano, the Tides is near the World Erotic Art Museum, the LGBT Visitors Center, and many bars and nightclubs.

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  • Classic South Beach vibe
  • Small hotel with dedicated staff
  • Great combo of nightlife, history, and the beach

CON

  • Nearby nightclubs can get noisy
  • Restaurants are pricey
  • This hotel is closed for renovations until further notice as of 2017 due to damage from Hurricane Irma; we recommend you call ahead

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Conclusion

Is 1 Hotel South Beach the ideal spot for your next vacation? In order to decide, think about what you really want to get out of the Miami Beach location. Are you looking for a typical resort experience with lots of amenities, or would you rather be in the heart of the historic district even if it means sacrificing some luxuries?

The first point to think about when trying to decide if 1 Hotel South, or a similar resort, is for you is to think about how you feel at large resorts. 1 Hotel South isn’t huge compared with St. Regis Bal Harbour, but it’s still big. If you want to go to South Beach for the culture, architecture, and nightlife, then the Tides or Delano South Beach will beat out 1 Hotel South Beach by far.

T1 Hotel South Beach isn’t in the center of South Beach’s nightlife district. This historic Art Déco district features smaller hotels and smaller rooms. If you want that historic feel, then pick an older hotel such as the Tides or Delano South Beach over a resort such as 1 Hotel South Beach.

The next consideration is budget. While many of us might dream of the high life, Bentleys and butler service just aren’t in our price range. Unless being part of the high-end lifestyle is important to you, then moderately-priced resorts such 1 Hotel South Beach, the Tides, or Delano South Beach will be the better deal.

Of the three hotels, we compared with 1 Hotel South Beach, the one that is most similar is Delano South Beach. The price and size of these two hotels are comparable. However, 1 Hotel South Beach and Delano South Beach differ in some key ways. Delano South Beach is in an Art Déco building in the center of the nightclub neighborhood while 1 Hotel South Beach is set away from the clubbing district and doesn’t feature historic architecture.

While it might be easy to choose between historic and modern, clubby or calming, three more points of difference between Delano South Beach and 1 Hotel South Beach should be taken into consideration: building age, service, cost, and type of guests.

Many reviewers noted that Delano South Beach is an older building. Not only are the walls thinner with little soundproofing but also some reviewers said aspects of the building, such as the elevator and room air conditioners, are not up kept. For service, 1 Hotel South Beach beat out Delano South Beach according to reviewers. One issue that reviewers repeatedly observed about Delano was the suggested 20% tip on food and beverages. Many reviewers felt that the hotel was pushy and made this awkward and difficult to refuse.

Delano South Beach and 1 Hotel South Beach’s price ranges are similar: starting around $300 per night and moving up over $600. However, with far fewer rooms than 1 Hotel South Beach, Delano South Beach gets into the higher price range faster. Some reviewers noted that, for the price, their rooms felt too small, run down, and out of date. While Delano South Beach’s small rooms are due to its historic character, some reviewers may not have taken this into consideration and were surprised when they saw them. Room size for the price was not a point mentioned in 1 Hotel South Beach’s reviews.

Though experiencing South Beach’s nightlife and vivid Art Déco district can be a thrilling experience, 1 Hotel South Beach offered far more amenities than Delano South Beach, including a private beach, childcare, four pools, and eight restaurants. It also caters to families and couples without children. Here, Delano South Beach’s strength is also a weakness: the historic district is attractive for many, but for others, a quiet hotel room and childcare will beat out late-night clubbing.

1 Hotel South Beach meets many winter getaway resort vacation needs. It’s moderately priced compared with similar resorts. It offers numerous amenities, and its service and upkeep satisfied reviewers. Some vacationers will happily trade these elements for a historic building in the heart of the nightclub-centered neighborhood. For the resort-goer who considers relaxing amenities more important than historic settings or nightlife, though, a hotel such as 1 Hotel South Beach fits the bill.

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