Quiet, residential location, a 5-minute walk to chic bars, clubs, and restaurants
Simple, studio-style rooms with multi-jet spa showers, flat-screen TVs, and minibars
Free continental breakfast
Lobby lounge with free coffee and ice water
Free Wi-Fi throughout
On-site parking lot
No full restaurant, pool, or fitness or business centers
Air-conditioning vents in the rooms can be loud
Most rooms look directly into neighboring buildings
Daily fee for parking (but comes with unlimited in-and-out privileges)
This quaint, minimalist 24-room hotel is set on a quiet residential street just south of the South Beach action, within a few minutes' walk of some of Miami's best local hot spots. You won't find any art on the walls in the straightforward, meticulously clean rooms, but you will find 42-inch flat-screen TVs, stereos, and excellent multi-head steam showers. The extremely low-key property doesn't have a full restaurant or pool on site, but it does offer free breakfast in its bright little lobby lounge (where free coffee is available throughout the day) and the beach is a four-minute walk away. Travelers looking for a South Beach boutique hotel with just a touch more glitz and easier beach access could check out Essex House Hotel, though the shower experience will less memorable.
A cozy, clean, low-key hotel with a beautifully restored Art Deco exterior
A two-story building constructed in 1937, St. Augustine stands out for its brilliantly white Art Deco facade with classic vertical lines and ornate silver details. The hotel is alongside a row of residential buildings on a quiet street in So-Fi (the local term for "South of Fifth," meaning its just south of South Beach proper). Given the hotel's small size, calm surroundings, and low-key clientele, St. Augustine can feel like a home away from home (excepting the fact that few homes are this spotless and tidy).
On the southern tip of South Beach near So-Fi hot spots and the beach
Set along residential Washington Avenue on the southern tip of South Beach, St. Augustine resides in an area known as So-Fi (South of Fifth Street) -- Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District. The hotel is a five-minute walk from some of So-Fi's legendary restaurants, like Joe's Stone Crab, or great dive bars, like Ted's Hideaway, but the street itself is quiet enough for guests to get a good night's sleep.
Four-minute walk to Ocean Drive and the beach
Six-minute walk to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park
Large studio-style rooms have open bathrooms with impressive walk-in steam showers
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. Spartan rooms don't have any wall art; the tangerine-hued classic school chairs at the white desks serve as the primary bursts of color. All rooms follow the same basic plan -- they are large, mostly white, and have open bathrooms.
Rooms have one king, one queen, or two double beds; all are set on light wood platforms (no box springs) and have moss-green padded headboards. King beds' headboards extend to padded couches on either side. Media towers containing minibars, stereos, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with HBO, and DVD players separate the two bathroom entrances in Double and King Rooms (Queen Rooms have slightly different layouts, so their bathroom entrances are even more open).
Bathrooms have wide countertops with steel-basin sinks, hairdryers, and H2O bath products (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body balm, and bar soap). Most impressive are their walk-in Thermasol steam showers with multiple jets on the wall and one overhead -- a surprisingly luxe feature for a value hotel. Spa showers get natural light from their frosted-glass windows. Opposite to the showers are enclosed water closets. Bathrobes and slippers are provided.
Rooms have their own air-conditioning units, but they can reportedly be noisy. Wi-Fi is free. Cribs and playpens are available for free on request and rollaway beds come at a nightly fee.
Hotel St. Augustine is a simple bed-and-breakfast-like hotel with few property features. A free continental breakfast (croissants, yogurt, cereal, juice, coffee, and tea) is available every morning in the lobby lounge, where free coffee and ice water are up for grabs throughout the day. There's no pool, but the hotel will supply guests with beach towels before they make the short journey to the beach -- this far down, the broad white-sand beach looks like it's out of a dream-vacation catalog. Expect a young, gay-friendly crowd partying it up till late at night in the spring and summer. There is a daily fee for parking at the on-site lot, but the fee is low for the area, and comes with unlimited in-and-out privileges. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
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