Miami’s urban jungle may be a canvas for modern architecture, but beneath its futuristic façade, over 800 historic buildings reflect the Art Deco style that swept the city in the 1930s. Clad in pastel colors, with rounded corners and neon lighting, these are the coolest Art Deco hotels to stay at when visiting Miami.
The 74-room boutique hotel built in 1930 is an Art Deco gem sensitively restored to its former glory. The interiors however, are done by Italian designer Paola Navone invoking a balance of sophisticated modernity. Perched on the popular Collins Avenue with walking distance from major shopping at Lincoln Road and cultural centers like the New World Center, the hotel is central to major interest points and a busy nightlife scene. During the day, visitors can enjoy the pleasant views of the beach from the rooftop complete with white cabanas and a Hydrotherapy pool.
With views of the ocean and the bay, Soho Beach House is located on Collins Avenue in an original Art Deco building with 49 rooms. Bedrooms offer views of the waterways, the bay and the Miami skyline and boast a wooden beamed ceiling and charming furnishings. Guest can enjoy tacos on the 8th floor rooftop taqueria with a plunge pool and views of the beach. Don’t miss the Club Bar, where you can order drinks in a 1940s Cuban style interior.
The iconic Raleigh Hotel is a popular spot beloved for its chic outdoor lounge area where locals and tourists alike come to dine at The Restaurant at The Raleigh or unwind by the pool. Designed in 1940 by architect Murray Dixon, the hotel boasts Art Deco design both in its façade and its 105 bedrooms that remind visitors of the glamour of the era.
With views of the ocean and walking distance from trendy bars and restaurants, Congress Hotel South Beach on Ocean Drive is in a prime location for visitors who want to be in the midst of vibrant South Beach. The condo-like suites are equipped with full kitchens and spa-like bathrooms for extra comfort, as well as breathtaking vistas of the beach. The restaurant is also home to three restaurants and a rooftop pool.
Decorated with classic chandeliers and rich wood and marble touches, the interior of the Gale South Beach evokes the glamour of the Art Deco movement in two properties erected in 1941. The rooftop flaunts an infinity pool flanked by cabanas and wicker lounges where guests can enjoy a cocktail and relax in style. The fashionable hotel also plays host to the Regent Cocktail Club, which plays live music until midnight, and Dolce Italian Restaurant with happy hour every day.
Built in 1947, the Delano building has a finned finial crown with a white-on-white façade – a typical Art Deco motif. The eclectic interiors were designed by the famous Philippe Stark, and the sprawling lobby gives a nod to the extravagance of the Art Deco era. The hotel also features a glossy pool with direct access to the beach, as well as a fitness center, a spa, and bars and restaurants.