Charming courtyard with a saltwater pool (albeit small)
Rooms feature all-white color schemes livened up by colorful prints by a renowned pop artist
Free cooked-to-order breakfast served poolside
50-inch, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations in guest rooms
Free Wi-Fi throughout the property
Many guests have remarked on helpfulness of the staff
Pets allowed (for a charge)
Some guest rooms are small and have shared bathrooms
Most bathrooms are tiny
Some noise between rooms
No parking or restaurant on-site
Tucked away in the quieter, residential part of the historic Art Deco district, the three-pearl Sobe You Bed and Breakfast blends period Art Deco pieces with Key West style. It's a tranquil hideaway that's still close to the action (around a 15-minute walk to the beach and Ocean Drive). This small, intimate property is a good fit for adults who want to be within walking distance of South Beach's craziness while staying in a subdued, relaxing spot that offers a more personal experience than a chain hotel. The rooms are housed in two buildings that do not have elevators, so be sure to book a ground-level room if stairs are a problem. The all-white rooms are clean and comfortable with huge TVs but not much space overall. Free breakfast is served by the outdoor pool set in a lovely courtyard.
A relaxing oasis that features a mix of Art Deco design elements and modern art
Only a small sign at the edge of a tropical garden indicates your arrival at the Sobe You Bed and Breakfast, so be on the lookout for a bright orange door at the end of a short walkway paved with terra-cotta tiles. The two-story, white stucco building (whose roof also features terra-cotta tiles) feels very homey, unlike many of the larger resorts in the area. There's a wonderful mix of Art Deco design elements (think: large fluted lamps, a curved wood reception desk, and frosted glass sconces) and modern art. Large, colorful flower prints by Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto line the walls. While children are welcome here, there is not much space for them to run around. Parents may find themselves doing a lot of shushing, as the atmosphere is on the quiet side.
In a tranquil residential area, but within walking distance of South Beach's action
From the quiet residential area where the hotel is situated, it's a 15-minute walk or less to the beach, Ocean Drive, and the Lincoln Road Pedestrian Mall. Flamingo Park is a few blocks away, as is Alton Road, where a 24-hour Walgreens, Whole Foods, and other stores are located. It's about a 10-minute walk to West Street to catch the South Beach Local, which is an air-conditioned shuttle with a low fare that stops at popular destinations throughout South Beach and is bike/wheelchair accessible. The hotel doesn't provide parking.
Small, comfy rooms with huge TVs and vintage bathrooms
10 rooms include all-white color schemes punctuated with the vibrant art by the famous Brazilian pop artist, Romero Britto. They have classic touches, such as plantation shutters that grace the windows. Modern comforts include 50-inch, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, iPod docking stations, free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. Other convenient amenities are mini-fridges, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, and safes. Standard Rooms share bathrooms and are small, but cost less than most of what is offered in the area. Larger rooms with private baths and balconies are also available at Sobe You, but at higher rates. The bathrooms retain the historic character of the building, with original Art Deco tiles in bright colors outlined with black. Flooring varies between wood and white ceramic tile. Beds have good mattresses and are adorned with fluffy down comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets, and an assortment of pillows. Guests who have an issue with steep stairs should request a ground-floor room when booking. Swimming pool views are pleasant.
Charming courtyard with a small pool and a free breakfast, but little else
The centerpiece of the Sobe You Tropical Bed and Breakfast Inn is a charming courtyard with a small pool surrounded by lounge chairs, tall palm trees, and potted tropical plants. Guests gather for their free breakfast on the adjacent covered porch where a continental buffet is set up and orders are taken for entrees. Vegan dishes are available. Afternoons and early evenings find guests relaxing at the pool, often with drinks in hand. The property does not offer much else in the way of amenities, with free Wi-Fi being the only other major perk. Compare rates at Pelican Hotel-Miami Beach if a happening bar and restaurant are important to you, but be prepared to lose the pool and quiet found at Sobe You.
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