One block from the beach, near restaurants and nightlife
Historic Art Deco in operation since 1939
Rooms have marble bathrooms and mini-fridges
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Free beach towels
Many rooms have dirty walls and worn furnishings
No restaurant, bar, or breakfast offered
No pool or fitness center
Fee for valet parking
The Century Hotel is an aging Art Deco original, which is pretty much the only thing this budget property has going for it, aside from its location a block from the beach. Its simple rooms have marble-tiled bathrooms and mini-fridges, but the shabby furnishings and dirty walls are a turnoff. The absence of a pool, restaurant, bar, or any other facility leave little to recommend. At least it's walking distance to dining and nightlife, and has rates that are among the lowest in South Beach. Free beach towels are offered, too. For an alternative nearby, the Hotel St. Augustine on a quiet residential street is another value boutique worth considering.
Designed by famous Miami Beach Art Deco architect Henry Hohauser, the Century Hotel opened in 1939 and has been in operation in one form or another ever since. Its big neon sign is still in tact, but the building has seen better days and it's unfortunate that efforts to repaint the exterior weren't more consistent. The lobby got an update that evokes the 1930s in a budget style, with a low red couch and big square ottoman paired with vintage chairs under a ceiling painted with clouds. The original terrazzo floor and its pastel-colored geometric design is still the best feature. Galley doors beside the small reception window have portholes that mimic a nautical design feature common throughout the building, and they open to a small lounge where self-serve coffee, tea, and ice water are on offer throughout the day.
In a quiet area, walking distance to the beach and nightlife
The Century Hotel is a block away from South Pointe Park Beach and Nikki Beach, which form a long stretch of the sandy real estate that make up a good portion of South Beach's popular oceanfront. Getting to the beach means a short walk across the street and around a few beachfront hotels and condos. Though on Ocean Drive, the hotel's location south of Fifth Street means that the area is quieter and more infused with Miami locals, while still walking distance to restaurants and nightlife. Expect a 28-minute drive to Miami International Airport.
Worn rooms with marble-tiled bathrooms and mini-fridges
Most of the 26 rooms have side-facing windows with views of other buildings, and only a handful face the streets on either end of the building. The decor is shabby with dirty walls (some painted in stripes, others done in a faux patina style) and worn furnishings. They're all on the small side, with either two double beds or one king-size bed, and enough space for small desks. Free Wi-Fi comes standard along with mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms add ergonomic roller chairs. The corner rooms have better views and some add iPod docks. All have bathrooms covered in marble tiles, and have average walk-in showers.
Rumors of an included breakfast are due to an off-and-on offering of some continental basics. No breakfast was offered at the time of this review, though the hotel hopes to reinstate it. The lobby does have a small lounge with coffee, hot water for tea, and ice water available. Free beach towels are included. Valet parking is available for a fee.