Hotel St. Augustine Rating: 2.5 Pearls
South Beach, Miami, Florida

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Cons

  • No restaurant
  • No fitness center
  • No pool
  • Loud air-conditioning vents in the rooms
  • Most rooms look directly into neighboring buildings

Bottom Line

This clean, modern, extremely low-key, 24-room hotel is on a quiet residential street just south of the South Beach action. However, some of Miami's best local hot spots are just a five-minute walk way. Rooms have excellent steam showers, but there's no gym, restaurant, or pool on site, and the beach is a five-minute walk outside the hotel.

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 Scene

A cozy, clean hotel that's upscale, despite the home-away-from-home feeling. Guests keep to themselves.

Hotel St. Augustine
Hotel St. Augustine

A small, 24-room Art Deco building constructed in 1937 alongside a row of residential buildings and just south of the South Beach action, St. Augustine is set apart by its entrance. No apartment is this clean. Given the hotel's small size and guests who generally keep to themselves, St. Augustine can feel like a home away from home -- but this means guests might have to wait a few minutes for the front desk clerk to arrive. But it's still fairly upscale, with pristine white walls showcasing colorful and engaging paintings by Luis Camejo. Want to take a painting home? They're for sale!

Though St. Augustine is surrounded by popular So-Fi restaurants, most of the neighborhood is residential. (So-Fi is the local term for "South of Fifth," meaning its just south of South Beach proper).

 Service

The St. Augustine is a DIY kind of place, but the staff is friendly and helpful when asked.

The front desk
The front desk

 Location

The hotel is on the southern tip of South Beach near So-Fi hot spots and the beach, but the area's quiet enough to get some sleep.

The small, two-story hotel is in a row of similarly sized residences along Washington Avenue on the southern tip of South Beach, otherwise known as So-Fi (South of Fifth Street, get it?). It's two blocks from the beach, which is only about a two-minute walk.

So-Fi is an up-and-coming area with legendary restaurants like Joe Stone Crab. It's a five-minute walk to see these chic restaurants, or clubs like Love/Hate (started by cast members of "Miami Ink"), or great dive bars like Ted's Hideaway, but the street itself is quiet enough for guests to get a good night's sleep.

 Beach

The beautiful beach has a young, gay-friendly crowd.

This far down, the broad beach with its white sand looks like it's out of a dream-vacation catalog. Really, it's that nice! Expect a young, gay-friendly crowd partying it up till late at night in the spring and summer.

 Rooms

Large studio-style rooms have open bathrooms that include impressive steam showers. The air conditioners are very loud and some items seem cheap.

The shower in "Loft Q"
The shower in "Loft Q"

With only 24 studio-style rooms on two floors, St. Augustine is a small hotel with a bed-and-breakfast vibe. However, the hotel features a sleek minimalist design like most of South Beach, rather than fussy kitsch. All rooms have one king, one queen, or two double beds, all the rooms follow the same basic plan -- they are large, they are white, and they have an open bathroom. This means that there is no door separating the bedroom from the bathroom. Instead, the large sink and generous mirror are in an alcove by the foot of the bed.

 Features

Free Wi-Fi and discounted fitness center

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • There's no fitness center on site, but guests can take a discounted lesson at the neighboring South Florida Boxing gym, where one of Mohammed Ali's former trainers allegedly teaches classes

 Family

No kid-friendly amenities are available except the free cribs.

It doesn't have any kid-friendly amenities, but cribs are free. Roll-away beds come a nightly fee. And remember, it's a maximum occupancy of four people to a room.

 Bottom Line

This clean, modern, extremely low-key, 24-room hotel is on a quiet residential street just south of the South Beach action. However, some of Miami's best local hot spots are just a five-minute walk way. Rooms have excellent steam showers, but there's no gym, restaurant, or pool on site, and the beach is a five-minute walk outside the hotel.

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Address

  • 347 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Hotel is Also (or Was Formerly) Known As

  • Hotel St Augustine
  • St Augustine Hotel

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Loft D
  • Loft K
  • Room Selected at Check-in
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 24
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: South Beach, Miami
Address: 347 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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