Hotel at a Glance: Royal Hotel South Beach
This swanky hotel, built in 1938 at the height of art deco’s Streamline Moderne movement, is right at home in Miami Beach’s art-deco district. Though its art-deco façade remains, renovations have given the interior a clean, modern look complemented by simple white linens and accent walls in the city’s signature pastel hues.
- Distance from the beach: four blocks; borrow beach towels and chairs from the hotel.
- Catch some rays on the patio while you listen to the breeze blowing through the palm trees.
- Deluxe studios feature kitchenettes, WiFi, and LCD TVs.
- Stroll along Collins Avenue, where you’ll find boutiques, restaurants, and historical architecture.
Miami’s South Beach: World-Famous Nightlife and Beaches
Just east of downtown Miami, on the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, you’ll find one of the world’s nightlife capitals: South Beach. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their boisterous, all-night blowouts—and for good reason. With all 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 shows, including Burn Notice and The Birdcage.
The coast of South Beach is known as Lummus Park, which Frommer’s calls Miami’s “best beach for people-watching.” Head across the bay, to South Pointe Park or Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, for quieter, more secluded shores.