Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
In the Art Deco District, about a five-minute walk from the beach, on a quieter street just outside the bars and clubs along Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue
Surrounded by shops and eateries -- including the Eleventh Street Diner, a late-night staple -- the Kent is in the midst of South Beach's colorful Art Deco District. In addition, just two blocks south along Collins Avenue begins one of Miami's major shopping drags, with stores ranging from Ralph Lauren to Urban Outfitters.
Quaint, neon-lit South Beach (or "SoBe") might be the sexiest beach town in America. Just imagine: modeling agencies beside a broad topless beach. Outdoor bars and cafes line Ocean Drive's historic Art Deco District, where people-watching is the draw -- flashy cars, rollerbladers, rainbow flags, and plenty of fake-boob bikini bodies. Chic clubs with especially discerning bouncers draw the fashion-industry elite, the occasional celebrity, and plenty of twentysomethings ready to party. Every local seems to be a model, DJ, publicist, broker, or homeless eccentric. It's not all glitz -- cheap Cuban sandwich joints, fishbowl-size discount margaritas, and Bud-Light-slinging dive bars peacefully coexist with the posh hotel lounges and famed fusion restaurants.
Some new, some a little worn, but all colorful
The Kent's styled lobby and outdoor bar fit nicely with its fun and funky South Beach location. Rooms are comfortable and have modern amenitiest, though some have old, worn bathroom fixtures and bedding. It's a fine choice for the price, but also compare rates at the Essex House, Albion, and Suites on the Beach hotels.