Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Astor
Hotel Astor seamlessly blends into Miami Beach’s Art Deco District. From its cut-coral exterior to the lobby’s gleaming terrazzo floors and geometric light fixtures, the boutique hotel harks back to the design style’s heyday. This aesthetic is also seen in the guest rooms and suites, where sleek blond-wood furniture is accented by neutral decor.
- Rooms and suites overlook the city or the Astor’s courtyard garden. Spacious one-bedroom suites have separate living rooms.
- Perks: Your stay includes two welcome drinks and use of the hotel’s beach-cruiser bikes. If you book a suite, you’ll also get continental breakfast for two.
- Grab a bite and have a craft cocktail at the onsite Astor Terrace Kitchen and Bar.
- Distance from the beach: less than half a mile
Miami’s South Beach: World-Famous Nightlife and Art-Deco Icons
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.” 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. Head across the bay, to South Pointe Park or Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 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 offerings. The famous art-deco district, with its iconic, streamlined hotels in pastel shades, 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.