Boutique hotel on Collins Ave in the Art Deco District
Located under a five-minute walk to beach and Ocean Drive
Tasteful, renovated rooms and suites with small kitchenettes
Rooms include flat-screen TVs with HBO, mini-fridges, and sinks
Chic lobby sells souvenirs, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Free continental breakfast and free coffee and tea available
Porch with outdoor seating and tables
Beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels free to borrow
Helpful staff and 24-hour reception
Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
Limited extra property features (no gym, restaurant, few common areas)
Entry-level rooms are small (150 square feet)
Bathrooms can be tiny, even in suites
Valet parking costs an extra daily fee
The Odyssey of South Beach Hotel is a 27-room, mid-range boutique property in South Beach's Art Deco District. Right on Collins Avenue, the hotel is close to the action, a three-minute walk from Ocean Drive and a five-minute walk from the beach. This hotel lack serious amenities -- drinks and souvenirs are available in the lobby, there's seating on the porch, and a free continental breakfast, but that's about it. Rooms and suites, which were updated with the property's 2016 renovation, can be small, but they're clean and tasteful with petite "kitchenettes" (mini-fridges and sinks), flat-screen TVs with HBO, and free Wi-Fi. Bu comparison, the nearby Riviere South Beach Hotel offers similar fare, though suites there have more complete kitchenettes.
Tasteful boutique hotel on Collins Avenue with an Art Deco exterior and a splashy lobby
The Odyssey of South Beach Hotel is a simple boutique property situated in a square, two-story building with a flat-white stucco facade. Navy awnings and subtle Art Deco details, like scalloped trim on the roof, give it a jaunty look. The property stepped up its game with a complete renovation, finished in early 2016. While not quite high-end -- laminate furniture and Marshall's-style decor are standard -- everything is tasteful and contemporary. The prime location may well be this hotel's very best feature, but the lobby is pretty nice too: Gray walls and a dark ceiling make for a chic backdrop where the molding and white pleather seating can pop. An elegant chandelier light welcomes guests near the entrance, and stairs and other details are finished with splashy iridescent mosaic tiling. While the hotel is only two stories, guests should note that there is no elevator. In addition to the great location, the hotel offers competitive rates and has rooms that can accommodate two to four guests, making this ideal for couples and groups of friends.
In the Art Deco District, a five-minute walk to the beach
This hotel is set amongst other boutique properties, party hotels, convenience shops, and restaurants in the historic Art Deco district of South Beach on Collins Avenue. It takes about three minutes to walk to Ocean Drive, which is lined with tourist-ready restaurants and bars, and five-minutes to walk to the beach. The Art Deco Welcome Center, Lummus Park Beach, and Versace Mansion (The Villa Casa Casuarina) are each under a 10-minute walk. The Miami Beach Convention Center, the Bass Museum, and Lincoln Road Mall are all under a 15-minute walk. By car, Miami International Airport is about 20 minutes away and Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport is about 40 minutes. The hotel offers valet parking, but it costs an extra nightly fee.
Tasteful, renovated rooms and suites with small kitchenettes -- but tiny bathrooms
Renovated in early 2016, rooms here are simple and contemporary with a gentle boho-chic vibe. In most rooms, light gray walls are paired with fresh white molding and bare wood floors, while furniture is white laminate with silver hardware. The look is not high-end, per se, but it's fresh and tidy. Details like wavy mirrors and animal-print canvases serve as wall art. Bathrooms vary -- they're contemporary, usually with white walls and showers with mosaic tiled floors -- but they can be surprisingly tiny even in suites, with just enough room for small shower stalls, toilets, and sinks.
Rooms have individually controlled AC, "kitchenettes" with sinks and mini-fridges, plus electronic safes, irons and ironing boards, free individual toiletries, flat-screen TVs with cable and HBO, and free Wi-Fi. There's no coffee/tea service, but coffee and tea are offered for free in the hall. Rollaway beds are available, but cost an extra fee. Guests occasionally complain about noise from outside the hotel or hallways.
Rooms for two include the entry-level "Premium Standard Rooms," which are fairly small at just 150 square feet, while Deluxes measure 200 square feet, and King Studios 250 square feet. The One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Suites are designed to accommodate four guests and measure a nice 350 square feet.
Free breakfast, plus drinks for sale in the lobby, but few other extras
This boutique hotel has limited extra property features: There's no restaurant or gym and few common areas. A small but chic lobby sells bottled and canned drinks (including beer, wine, and liquor) as well as souvenirs. Coffee and tea are available for free all day in the hall, and a simple continental breakfast is included in the room rate. A porch offers tables and chairs for guests to eat or or relax outside. The hotel also lends out beach equipment for free, including chairs, umbrellas, and towels. Valet parking is available, but it costs an extra daily fee. Reception is open 24 hours, and guests find the staff friendly and helpful. Wi-Fi throughout the hotel is free. Note that guests are charged a resort fee, and extra beds are available but cost extra.
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