Hotel at a Glance: Royal Palm South Beach Miami
This art-deco beachfront hotel debuted in 1939 in the heart of South Beach. Renovated in 2012, the boutique property features a handsome, refreshed look that feels modern while paying homage to the building’s historic roots. A multilingual staff is on hand to cater to your every need.
- Location, location, location: The hotel overlooks Miami’s iconic Ocean Drive, which abounds with nightlife, restaurants, and boutiques.
- Spacious, stylish guest rooms feature modern decor, Intelligent Nutrients bath products, fully stocked pantries, and views of the Atlantic Ocean or Miami cityscape.
- Cool off in one of two outdoor swimming pools facing the Atlantic.
- Sip a signature cocktail at the indoor/outdoor lounge.
- Sample regional fare made with fresh, local ingredients at the hotel’s nationally recognized restaurant, Florida Cookery. The New York Times called it “a spot that really celebrates Florida cuisine.”
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.