Advantages Great hotel, great location
Disadvantages Not that cheap...
We stayed at The National Hotel for a few days last summer, on Collins Avenue, one block from Ocean Drive in the heart of Miami's Art Deco Historical District.Built in 1939, the 13-story National Hotel lobby contains original period antiques and richly designed wood furnishings. It was restored in 1997 to showcase the original Art Deco details (the concierge desk is a precise replica of the original from 1939 !), this hotel is a visual delight for Art Deco fans !
It's not a massive hotel (unlike the Loew's just a block down the street), but then most of the South Beach / Ocean Drive hotels are acutally pretty small affairs...Other features at this hotel include:
- 115 tower rooms and suites
- 36 deluxe rooms and suites in the Cabana Wing, along side the pool
- The Triplex, exclusive tri-level penthouse suite
- Award-winning, 24-hour concierge service. The concierge was extremely helpful with the few requests we had. I guess you bget what you pay for !
There are two pools, including the 205-foot-long infinity pool, and it's from the pool area that you can access Miami's marvelous South Beach itself. The beach concierge service (in the $12 per day "resort fee") provides chairs, towels, and drinks, and can arrange for massages and beauty treatments (at additional cost).This "resort fee" is a bit of a rip off, I think, but did seem to be the norm in the several Florida hotels we stayed in. If it's mandatory, then it should be included in the quoted rate, rather than a "sneaky" addition for using towels, beach chairs etc that you kind-of have to...
There was a computer in the fantastic lobby offering free internet access (to book our next stop) for guests,.
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Boasting Miami Beachs longest outdoor lap pool at 205-feet long, this hotel is just 4 blocks from the Ocean Drive boardwalk. It offers modern rooms...
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Availability: Price is per double room per night and may vary depending on date booked