Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
On a bustling stretch of Collins Avenue, across the street from the Delano and one block from the beach
The Gale South Beach has an excellent location on posh upper Collins Avenue, right across the street from the iconic Delano Hotel. But it's not on the beach-facing side of the street, meaning the views aren't great. Still, the beach is a block away, and some of Miami's hottest restaurants, shops, and nightlife can all be found in the immediate area.
To the north are popular high-end hangouts at the Fontainebleau and W South Beach. To the south, things get less exclusive and more populist along the famed Ocean Drive, with its busy boardwalk, outdoor bars and cafes, and more affordable boutique hotels.
This historic Art Deco hotel on Collins Avenue got a breath of new life when it reopened as a stylish 87-room boutique in late 2012. Retro-chic rooms have black-and-white photos on the walls and beachy blue-and-white decor; all have whopping 55-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and sleek bathrooms with walk-in showers (but no tubs). The sunny rooftop pool; clubby lounge with fancy, fresh cocktails; and the super-hip basement nightclub with 80s decor and a soundtrack of 90s hits are all draws. But be warned that the signage can be confusing -- it says The Gale on the front and The Regent on the back, for the two historic hotels that were combined to form the current property. Also, some rooms are noisy, there are no good beach views, and Studios are tiny.