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A Spanish Mediterranean Revival boutique hotel near the beach
This two-story Spanish Mediterranean boutique hotel on chic Collins Avenue looks and feels like a good friend's mansion on the beach in Europe. A remodel in 2012 updated the hotel's 17 guest rooms and art-forward lobby, complete with a sun mosaic on the floor originally intended for the nearby Versace mansion. A prominent Roman-style mosaic is an eye-catching detail. The outdoor patio is a pleasant spot to relax, with lush greenery, a fountain, and heat lamps.
In the heart of the Art Deco district of South Beach, within walking distance of Ocean Avenue and the beach
The Hotel Impala is right in the heart of South Beach, where beautiful people congregate at hip restaurants and nightclubs. People watching is here is a draw, and the area is packed with outdoor bars, cafes, flashy cars, Rollerbladers, rainbow flags, and plenty of bikini bodies. The hotel is a three-minute walk to Ocean Avenue and the white-sand beach. Nearby restaurants and shops focus on luxury and high-end brands.
Seventeen Mediterranean-style rooms and suites on two floors with luxe details but uninspired views
Though Hotel Impala may be close enough to the ocean to smell it, but guests won't see it from the windows; rather, rooms face the street or a building next door. The rooms are intimate with warm colors (yellows and oranges), pretty details such as brass and murano glass fixtures, wrought-iron details, and Florentine-style headboards. Each room has an espresso machine and large flat-screen television. The bathrooms are sufficient with single sinks and Jean-Michel Cousteau bath products made with organic and sustainable ingredients.
SPIGA Italian restaurant and Crunch Fitness Center access -- but no pool
Like many boutique hotels, Hotel Impala doesn't have the space for a lot of property features. Still, the hotel works around it -- though there is no fitness center on-site, guests get free access to a nearby Crunch Fitness Center. SPIGA Italian restaurant is a romantic dining destination at night with illuminated tables. There's no swimming pool, however, so if that's a priority it may be comparing the nearby The Hotel of South Beach, which has a rooftop pool.
This intimate, upper-middle-range boutique hotel is beautifully designed and has an excellent South Beach location, just one block from the sand and from the shops and restaurants on Ocean Drive. Free Wi-Fi and access to a Crunch gym are nice extras, but there are fees for a cold breakfast and valet parking. SPIGA Italian restaurant on-site has candlelit tables at night. This is more suited to couples looking for a romantic getaway than to spring break revelers. Prices are competitive for this central location, though there is no pool, so it may be worth comparing rates with the nearby Dream South Beach or The Hotel of South Beach.