The W South Beach, which is located at the beach on the northern outskirts of South Beach, provides its guests with comfort, a luxurious design, and excellent service. The 312-room hotel also offers rooms that are both big and modern. In addition, what makes this hotel stand out is that each one boasts an angled terrace providing the superb ocean views. The elegant landscaping around the pool is very noticeable during your first visit and for those looking to be pampered, the Bliss spa won’t disappoint.
The W South Beach is a branch of the Starwood Hotel Group, which also owns the Westin and Sheraton hotels. It was developed by Costas Kondylis, an innovative architect, who brilliantly designed the hotel in a way where virtually all rooms have an ocean view. The interior was designed by Anna Bautista of Studio B Design, who decorated it in a way that lights the mood of the guests the minute they step inside.
The hotel provides generously proportioned rooms with plenty of luxuries including their own balcony, which is angled at 45 degrees to offer at list a glimpse of the ocean, a floor-to-ceiling window, and highly effective noise insulation. They also has huge bathrooms featuring high-powered showerheads with additional jets that focus on the body, two 37-inch plasma flat-screen TVs, a Hamilton Beach coffeemaker, and a minibar that has a Sub-Zero fridge, Champagne or large bottles of top-shelf liquor, and Dylan’s signature candies.
Guests of the W South Beach also get to enjoy features such as a large pool that have colorful cushions along the grass, dense palms, and wood-lattice cabanas. The guests are also treated with mellow, remixed classic rock music or ambient spa sounds. On top of that, the poolside staff are quick to respond to any request or orders that the guests might have.
For those who don’t want to relax by the pool, they can visit the Bliss spa, which is a staple of the W brand. It offers a full menu of massages and body treatments, and even manicure and pedicure. For those looking to do some workout, the W South Beach has a 24-hour fitness center that’s clean, functional, has individual TV monitors on all cardio machines, and new strength-training equipment.
The hotel is located at the 23 Street of South Beach and its beachfront is considerably removed from the crowds. It is near the Boucher Brothers, where guests can go kayaking, Jet Skiing, banana boat rides, windsurfing, or parasailing. For guests looking to go to other places in South Beach, the W also offers free to anywhere in South Beach, at least within a five-mile radius from the hotel for its guests from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., but only one-way from the hotel.
For food, guests can opt to eat at the Wet Bar and Grille, a bit pricey but offers good food, sometimes great, but you have to get lucky. But they do have 24-hour room service and the W delivers quickly. For other cuisines, they can try the Mr. Chow, a pan-Asian restaurant that’s reputable or the Philippe, which is operated by Mr. Chow’s former head chef, Philippe Chow. Guests can also go to the Dutch for an American cuisine and seafood.
Several caveats about the W South Beach are that in-room Internet is available to guests but for a fee, and you’ll need to pay daily. The hotel is also a long walk away from many of South Beach’s hot spots. These are just minor inconveniences, though, compared to the many features and comforts the hotel offers.
So for people looking for a great hotel in South Beach, Miami, the W should definitely still be one of your first choices. After all, they’re not considered the best hotel in Miami for nothing.