Hotel at a Glance: Crescent Resort on South Beach
Crescent Resort on South Beach puts guests in one of the most enviable positions in all of Miami: across the street from Lummus Park and a one-minute walk from the beach. With its location on Ocean Drive—a thoroughfare known for its nightlife (and home to many 5 a.m. clubs)—the resort provides a luxurious place to rest at the end of a long Miami night.
- Well-appointed rooms: One-bedroom suites contain a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living area with sleeper sofa.
- Beach views from the rooftop terrace
- Art-Deco architecture: The resort is located in South Beach’s famous art-deco district, and the building itself reflects a 1930’s-inspired aesthetic.
- Kitchen features: refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, coffeemaker, dishes, utensils, pots, pans
- Stay connected with two TVs, a DVD player, and free WiFi.
South Beach, Miami: World-Famous Beach Parties and Art-Deco Icons
Just east of downtown Miami, on the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, stands one of the world’s epicenters for nightlife: South Beach. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their boisterous, all-night blowouts, and for good reason—between the rum-soaked mojitos, colorful neon, and celebrity sightings, it can feel like an endless party. Perhaps that’s why the area pops up so often in film and TV, including Burn Notice and The Birdcage.
South Beach’s coast is known as Lummus Park, which Frommer’s calls Miami’s “best beach for people-watching.” While the bleached sand and curving palms are gorgeous, they’re almost overshadowed by the chiseled beach-goers dotting the sand. From here, a wood-slat boardwalk runs all the way up to North Beach, attracting joggers and roller bladers. You can also head about a mile south to South Pointe Park or to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park across the bay for quieter, more secluded shores.
It’s easy enough to spend the entirety of a trip to South Beach face-down on a beach towel, but that would mean missing out on the city’s other trademarks. The historical art-deco district boasts iconic, streamlined hotels in pastel shades and was the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Every morning at 10:30, local experts from the Miami Design Preservation League lead a 90-minute walking tour that highlights the neighborhood’s signature architecture.