Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
In a local area a 15-minute drive from Miami Beach
The New Yorker is located on Biscayne Boulevard, one of the main thoroughfares running north-south along the Biscayne Bay. There are a few eateries within a few blocks, and a park with basketball and tennis courts across the street from the hotel, but the area is pretty local and a bit out of the way for those who want to be close to the beach and the party areas. However, the Julia Tuttle Causeway, which links the western shore of the Bay and the beaches, is just a five-minute drive from the hotel, which means South Beach is 15 minutes from the New Yorker.
Before the owners decided to give the New Yorker a boutique-y twist in 2009, the 50-room family-run property was a basic motel in a somewhat out-of-the-way location. However, the fresh coats of paint, the clean, airy rooms with flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, and the cool retro vibe throughout make it stand a notch above its former motel status. The thin walls, the outside entrances to the rooms, and the lack of amenities remain, but the hotel offers a nice pool, great rates, and a long list of solid freebies that make it a good pick for value. Also, Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible revamped the garden area where breakfast is served, and turned it into a lovely, quiet spot with lanterns hanging from the trees, bright colors, and comfy seating.