Art-Deco Hotel Steps from Beach
Constructed in 1937, The President Hotel South Beach stands just one block from the shoreline of iconic South Beach and two blocks from the ultra-trendy shops and clubs of Lincoln Road. One of Miami Beach’s classic art-deco hotels, the property has been restored to its full, golden-age glory. Design flourishes include patterned tile floors and scrolling wrought-iron railings, and the interior décor is just as chic. In each standard double room or extra-spacious penthouse room, a different mural stretches across the entirety of one wall, giving overnighters the feeling of sleeping in a forest or underneath a palm frond sparkling with dew. Crystal chandeliers add a touch of luxury to the space.
This getaway entitles you to $50 worth of drinks at the hotel's Green Bar each day. With the resort fee ($19/day) you also get two house cocktails and a continental breakfast. Afterward, you can grab beach towels and chairs and walk a few feet to the always-happening South Beach.
South Miami Beach: Sunny Shores, Stylish Crowds, and Buzzing Nightlife
South Beach and style go hand in hand, a fact that’s apparent everywhere you look—from the designer swimwear worn on the beach to the trendsetting crowds filling up the dance clubs. A lot of the shopping is clustered on Lincoln Road, which is located within walking distance of the hotel. Some especially fashionable boutiques restrict access to high-end wares using velvet ropes and mannequins equipped with karate-chop action. For a less-intense experience, head over to Bal Harbour Shops, an open-air mall built on the site of a World War II barracks. In addition to offering two stories’ worth of designer shops and retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Versace, the complex has a plant-studded courtyard with koi ponds and fountains for a tranquil pit stop. Staying in SoBe proper definitely has its advantages, including easy access to Ocean Drive, which boasts views of the Atlantic on one side and historical art-deco architecture on the other. Come nightfall, this is also where club-goers gather, having been lured by the beats of celebrity DJs. Though most bars are on the swanky side, you can also find a few low-key piano lounges and dives hosting live bands.