Beacon Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
South Beach, Miami, Florida

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Pros

  • Center of Ocean Drive action
  • Free breakfast
  • On-site restaurant
  • Beach directly across the street
  • Free beach towels and chairs
  • Lobby bar
  • 24-hour fitness center

Cons

  • Small rooms
  • Lots of street noise
  • Breakfast not available until 9 am
  • No kid-friendly amenities
  • No pool or outdoor space

Bottom Line

The Beacon is a South Beach "postcard hotel" — a term locals use for the oft-photographed Art Deco edifices that line Ocean Drive. And if a trip back to 1930s Miami sounds like a cool idea, this 75-room hotel delivers. Unfortunately, the realities of the modern world are inescapable: Rooms and bathrooms are cramped, there's no outdoor space, and the sounds of the non-stop party on the street below may disrupt your shuteye. Freebies that include breakfast and beach chairs are a nice touch, but there is no pool.

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 Scene

An Art Deco throwback with a lively vibe

Past the bustling sidewalk restaurant at the front of the hotel, guests enter a narrow lobby designed in classic Art Deco style. Original terrazzo floors are inlaid with an intricate, orange-and-brown sunburst pattern and white chairs with swooping, tufted backs stand at attention. There's a tiny bar in one corner, while a second-story mezzanine houses the business center and a small lounge with flat-screen TV.

 Location

Heart of the South Beach hubbub

The Beacon is in the Art Deco District on busy Ocean Drive, just a few blocks north of the MacArthur Causeway leading to mainland Miami. The hotel is surrounded by scores of nightclubs, bars, and restaurants (including one right outside the front door), so expect plenty of pedestrian traffic, encouraged in part by hostesses hawking giant margaritas. Lummus Park, the liveliest area of the beach, is right across the street.

 Rooms

Spotless, but small

Rooms are clean and feature fresh white decor with bright turquoise or coral accents, but most are on the small side. The bathrooms -- though quite pretty with mosaic tile and pedestal sinks -- are especially tiny, with little space for stowing towels and toiletries. Oceanfront rooms are larger and offer lovely views, but overlook the busiest, loudest street in South Beach. Rooms at the back of the hotel are considerably more quiet, although some guests complain of a lack of soundproofing between walls.

 Features

Small fitness center, but no pool

As with most hotels along Ocean Drive, the Beacon lacks a pool. There is a small workout room with one treadmill and a multifunction weight machine that's open around the clock. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and there are three computers for guests to use in the mezzanine business center. Valet parking is available for a daily fee.

 Bottom Line

The Beacon is a South Beach "postcard hotel" — a term locals use for the oft-photographed Art Deco edifices that line Ocean Drive. And if a trip back to 1930s Miami sounds like a cool idea, this 75-room hotel delivers. Unfortunately, the realities of the modern world are inescapable: Rooms and bathrooms are cramped, there's no outdoor space, and the sounds of the non-stop party on the street below may disrupt your shuteye. Freebies that include breakfast and beach chairs are a nice touch, but there is no pool.

Things You Should Know About Beacon Hotel

Address

  • 720 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Hotel is Also (or Was Formerly) Known As

  • Beacon Hotel Miami
  • Beacon Hotel Miami Beach
  • Beacon Miami Beach

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Handicapped Room
  • Ocean Front Room
  • Standard Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 75
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: South Beach, Miami
Address: 720 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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