Historic property on the southern edge of South Beach
Free beach chairs and towels at nearby beach club
Suites with desks, iPod docks, and kitchenettes
Some units are modern and have ocean-view balconies
Rooftop pool, sundeck, bar, and hot tub
Italian restaurant servings three meals a day
Free electric car service
Free property-wide Wi-Fi
Discounts and freebies at nearby hotels and businesses
Free welcome drink coupons
Some suites are worn and dated
Building and in-room AC units can be loud
Valet parking only (high daily fees)
Low value due to high resort fees
No on-site gym
The 58-room Bentley Hotel is an upper-middle-range South Beach boutique with affordable rates, a walkable location across from the beach, and mixed reviews. Suites are either dated and worn or updated and contemporary, but all have small kitchenettes with minibars, Italian marble bathrooms, and safes, plus ocean-view . There are an Italian restaurant on the ground floor, a rooftop pool area, and free access to a private beach club across the street. Guests also receive a ton of extra perks at spots in town, including free food and spa discounts at the Mondrian South Beach. The resort fee covers Wi-FI, chairs and towels at the beach club, and an on-demand shuttle to nearby locations. It's worth considering Gale South Beach, which offers many of the same features but in a more upscale location on the strip.
Historic, family-friendly hotel with a mixed bag of reviews
From the outside, this historic Art Deco building looks dated, with noticeable chips and stains on the walls. An elevator waits to shuttle guests up to the second-floor reception area with original marble floors and a tatty balcony with tables and chairs that overlook the park out to the Atlantic. The hotel spent its first 10 years as The Riviera Hotel, and, like many hotels in the area, was used to house armed services during World War II. In 1950, it was renamed Bentley Hotel. The self-catering suites are a big draw for families and beach-goers on a budget. Still, this boutique gets mixed reviews due to the visible wear and tear, suites with either modern or dated decor, high resort fees, and noise issues.
In South Beach, across the street from Lummus Park and the beach
Bentley Hotel is located in South Beach's Art Deco Historic District, just one block from the beach and a few minutes' walk to the madness of South Beach's party scene. Resting a couple of blocks south of the action of Ocean Drive, guests can expect a lively atmosphere with slightly less street noise. The hotel is located across the street from Lummus Park, giving visitors a quick and scenic route to the paved boardwalk on the other side of the park. The Art Deco Historic District is just a six-minute walk up Ocean Ave, and Espanola Way, the popular European-style street, is a 22-minute walk. Several options for shopping, restaurants, bars, and convenience stores are all within walking distance. The Wynwood arts district and Downtown Miami are both around 20 minutes away by car, while Miami Airport is about a 25-minute drive.
Spacious suites with kitchenettes, balconies, and both dated and contemporary decor
The Bentley bills itself as an all-suite hotel, though guests can expect one-room Junior Suites thrown into the mix. All suites reportedly have loud AC, flat-screen TVs, and kitchens or kitchenettes, plus some have balconies with ocean views. Room decor and condition varies and is a main gripe with some past guests. Some rooms are dated and worn with stains, or have mismatched furniture and materials, and others are more contemporary and attractive. Most TVs and bathrooms are small. Guests in Junior Suites have a decently equipped wet bar kitchenette that's good for easy meals thanks to a microwave, coffeemaker, and near-full-sized refrigerator stocked with liquor, wine, beer, and soft drinks (fee). Both the One Bedroom City View and One Bedroom Ocean Front have separate bedrooms with a queen-sized bed and a portable electric burner in the kitchen. Comforts and conveniences include iPod docking stations with speakers, terrycloth bathrobes, and walk-in showers with contemporary showerheads. Two Bedroom Suites feature separate two bedrooms, each with a queen bed, plus sofa beds in the living rooms.
Rooftop pool with views, Italian restaurant, and extensive perks program, but no gym
The Bentley Hotel's rooftop pool is a popular spot where guests can take a dip in the small lap pool, soak in views of the Atlantic, and relax on pool loungers. There are also a hot tub (though it's not always heated) and bar slinging drinks to guests redeeming the free drink vouchers handed to them at check-in. Guests also have access to a nearby beach club where they'll get free towels and two lounge chairs per room (umbrellas are available for a daily fee). The beach is accessed one block away, through the park across the street and has soft white sand and warm water. On the ground floor, there's a pricey Italian restaurant that's open for three meals a day. Like other parts of the hotel, there is some wear and tear. There are no spa or gym here, but guests get discounts at the Mondrian South Beach spa, as well as a handful of other perks, including free food and drink, at sister properties within the Menin Hotel family. There's a family-friendly courtyard area with table games and hammocks, and an on-demand electric car service that will drop guests anywhere within a few miles' radius for free.
Like many properties in Miami, this hotel has a daily resort fee. Wi-Fi is free, but expect to pay extra for valet parking.