Best Places to Stay in South Beach

  • bijockmuscle

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    Feb 10, 2009 1:49 PM GMT
    I am planning a trip to South BEach and want to know the best places to stay. Why is that the best place? Do you have any "experiences" or stories to share about your time there?
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    Feb 10, 2009 3:37 PM GMT
    You looking for high end or cheap?
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    Feb 10, 2009 3:45 PM GMT
    I like the Astor. It is low key, no pool and reasonable. Have Fun!
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
    muscles4muscles saidYou looking for high end or cheap?


    high end
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    we stayed at the century -- one of the old timey, art deco hotels. it's a bit off the main stretch of ocean drive but i didn't mind that -- it's an easy walk and no loud crowds outside all night. no pool tho, but we were told we could use the marriot's across the street. the beach is gorgeous there! have fun!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    Can I piggyback on your thread?? I'm going to south beach this weekend. If anyone has any suggestions on where to go - fun dance places at night, fun gay places - i would really appreciate it.
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle said
    muscles4muscles saidYou looking for high end or cheap?


    high end


    If you are going soon, keep in mind that Hotels will be pretty pricey , regardless of star level. Here are some of the best places I have stayed over the years.

    The Hotel on Collins Comfortable, good location, quiet around 289 a night

    The Sagamore Great pool area, jacuzzi tubs,art gallery in lobby, private beach, huge rooms 400/night

    Delano 650/night The best place in Miami for many years. Great gym in the basement, awesome food and views. Celebrity hotel. However, the rooms, like most in the Morgans hotel group are pretty sparse. But everything else makes up for it.
    The Fountanbleau and the Palms are supposed to be nice , however, less practical if you want to walk to Lincoln road, collins, washington or Ocean Drive.


    I loved the Hotel Victor on Ocean drive the best.. great pool, lush rooms, jacuzzi on the patio, The restaurant is crazy good too.
    around 500/night

    The National, the Tides, Shore club, the Ritz and the Raleigh are all right up there too.

    However, if you plan to party it up down there instead of relaxing around the pool or in the room I would try The Beacon, The Pelican or the Hotel Clinton.
    More affordable but still in the mix of everything.... Just not as peaceful thanks to the thin walls most Miami hotels have.



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    Feb 10, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    The Delano and The Ritz. Delano's nice if you're a first-timer. Make sure you get a beach view.
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    totrainer saidCan I piggyback on your thread?? I'm going to south beach this weekend. If anyone has any suggestions on where to go - fun dance places at night, fun gay places - i would really appreciate it.



    Make your way to the back cabana bar at Twist on Washington and I believe 10th.
    and of course, the other rooms with bars too.
    Otherwise, the club scene in SoBe for gays is pretty lame.
    Score is the other gay bar and it is desperado city most nights.
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    The Gaansevort
  • bijockmuscle

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    Feb 10, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    What about The Setai?
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    The Setai's beautiful too.

    Also, the Fountainebleu has undergone a huge renovation and is remarkable. It's been a star in a number of movies, including Goldfinger and Scarface.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 10, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    When I was there a few years ago, I had dinner at Avalon. It was great, sitting out front, drinking mojitos and watching people walk by.
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    Feb 10, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    animanimus said
    totrainer saidCan I piggyback on your thread?? I'm going to south beach this weekend. If anyone has any suggestions on where to go - fun dance places at night, fun gay places - i would really appreciate it.


    two big events this weekend

    you can visit the the miami boat show on the eve of economic destruction. if i go it will just be as an anthropologist going back in time to visit with dinosaurs right before the great extinction.

    there's also the always crowded somewhat cruisy coconut grove art festival.

    Thanks for the tips! But this trip is by no means a way of getting cultured or enlightened, and if I learn anything besides how to get my self-esteem wrecked by beautiful men in 3 days or less, i'll be pissed.
  • wander2340

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    Feb 10, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    Be sure to do some research before booking your room. The "gay friendly" hotels tend to get low ratings and all hotels in South Beach are totally gay friendly. We stayed in a fantastic hotel right on the beach for just $200 per night a few weeks ago. I can't remember the name but it doesn't matter. Use Hotels.com or some other service to find what will work best for you.
  • bijockmuscle

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    Feb 10, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    give me more information on The Setai
  • JCJC

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    Feb 10, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    You have to stay at The Tides Hotel in South Beach. Its is great. It is right acorss from the gay beach, the rooms are great with great views of the ocean, if you stay above the 6th floor. There customer service is impecable and there Mojito Martinis are to die for. I stayed there for a week and can't wait to go back. They don't call it the Diva of Ocean Drive for nothing
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    Feb 10, 2009 8:07 PM GMT
    mnjock2003 saidI loved the Hotel Victor on Ocean Drive...

    Me, too, as I've mentioned before. Being along the beach is a big plus, and I love the neo-deco interior after they remodeled it.

    Let me know if you come down, bijockmuscle, I'll buy you a martini at the Passage Bar on the second floor terrace, overlooking the beach. icon_biggrin.gif

    http://hotelvictorsouthbeach.com/?src=google_propertyspecific_hhc_2008&s_kwcid=hotel%20victor%20south%20beach%7C1075347098#

    (Not sure why that resists being made into an active link)
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 10, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle saidgive me more information on The Setai



    What is he, your personal travel agent? Ever here of GOOGLE?
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    Feb 10, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle saidWhat about The Setai?

    The Setai is gorgeous, very International style, on the northern edge of the heart of the art deco district. Not sure what you want to do. If it's stroll along Ocean Drive, then you want to be a little more south, and I'd recommend the Victor.

    But the Setai is closer to Lincoln Drive and the outdoor mall, which is lots of fun. Even if you have a car, parking is impossible, so think in terms of walking to most places. Email me for details.
  • GQjock

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    Feb 10, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    If you want the SoBe experience the Delano or the Ritz-Carlton
    are the places to be
    There you have the Ocean ... the great scenes at the pools
    Ocean Drive and Lincoln rd are right there a few blocks away
    The Delano has a really great David Barton gym
    The art deco hotels are also great Like the Hotel Victor ... has a kool roof top terrace bar
    The Astor has some really great old world charm
    The pool there is a little lacking
    The National is right there at the Beach ... very close to the gay 12 th Ave beach
    It all depends on price and what you want to get out of your time here
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    Feb 10, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    bijockmuscle saidgive me more information on The Setai



    What is he, your personal travel agent? Ever here of GOOGLE?
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    Wow, what a douche!
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    Feb 10, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    bijockmuscle saidgive me more information on The Setai

    What is he, your personal travel agent? Ever here of GOOGLE?
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    I presume bijockmuscle is looking for the personal knowledge some of us may have, to supplement online info.
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    Feb 10, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    If you want cheap, stay at The Franklin. Frat boys types...............nothing fancy, but clean and comfortable.
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    Feb 10, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    Setai is very nice Bijock...I stayede across the street in the Townhouse a few years back and recall when Setai was being built. Vespa, I think it was the old Vanderbuilt? Anyway, probably one of the ritzier places. I think they just redid the Eden Roc. And for those of you that want to stay right across from Twist the old Best Western cum Bellaire is undergoing renovation to become an Indigo - but not set to open until July 4, 2009.