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A healthy mix of young and old, Americans and Europeans, partiers and relaxers -- all housed in updated art deco retro-ness.
There are two wings: the art deco wing and the Mediterranean wing. Architecturally, both are actually art deco, but on the inside the two wings retain distinct personalities. The art deco building is colorful and charismatic, in a '70s sort of way; polygons (especially triangles) and the color blue are the dominating motifs. By contrast, the Mediterranean wing -- the main building, essentially -- is more sedate, with sleeker, more modern rooms.
All rooms were renovated in 2012, and though the hotel kept the distinct styles, each has updated decor with sleek, white and brown beach themes. The hotel joined the Marriott Autograph Collection as part of the renovation.
Located on Collins Avenue, about six blocks south of the high-end hotels, the Blue Moon sees less foot traffic from shoppers and guests at other hotels; it's nothing like the dense throng on Ocean Drive. It's in the center of South Beach, an ideal mid-point in the art deco district, within blocks of several iconic buildings, including the Park Central Hotel and Casa Casuarina, better known as the Versace Mansion. The location also puts you within blocks of most of SoBe's most popular bars and clubs. If you're looking to drink (and drink, and drink ...), the Clevelander, a block away on 10th and Ocean, is the place to be -- at least until the thrill of its '09 reopening wears off.
The area is generally safe -- well-lit and trafficked enough to make even petty crime a rarity.
The second sexiest beach in the world is one block away.
It's a three-minute stroll to one of the most famous beaches in the world, where a jumbled horde of bikini babes, jacked dudes, couples on vacation, and families with kids play on a stretch of sand 100 yards wide. South Beach makes it clear why there's a diet named after it.
In the mornings, the occasional runner trots along the harder, inland half of the beach. By the afternoon, the joint is packed with sunbathers; at dusk the scene thins out again.
The hotel provides beach towels as a part of the mandatory "daily amenity charge." You can rent chairs and umbrellas from one of the countless Boucher Bros. stands dotting the beach.
Mobileare also scattered along the beach, selling soft drinks and chips (note, however, that alcohol is not allowed).
Refreshed in 2012 with clean, white beach theme.
Rooms and bathrooms were renovated in 2012 after joining the Autograph collection. Rooms now have a white and sandy brown palatte with modern, beach-themed decor.
A tiny pool and free Wi-Fi
With small rooms and no kid-friendly activities, the Blue Moon isn't a great place for families.
Rooms are on the smaller side, and connecting rooms and rollaways are not available. However, cribs are offered free of charge and can fit in every room type. Suites have pull-out beds and can easily accommodate cribs.
Room service and local restuarant delivery on top of two on-site eateries.
The hotel has one restaurant and one bar area, both of which were part of the 2012 total hotel restoration.
A clean, comfortable, centrally located place to sleep, but that's about it. Don't expect extensive amenities -- a decent location, free Wi-Fi, and a pleasant Albion and Essex are booked, the Blue Moon is worth a stay, well, once in a blue moon. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)are the highlights. If the