Loews Miami Beach Hotel
The gorgeous, newly renovated Loews Miami Beach Hotel strikes a nice balance between Art Deco glamour and state-of-the-art design.
How did it strike you on arrival?
When the Loews Miami Beach Hotel first opened in 1998, it bucked an of-the-moment trend by becoming the first new hotel to be built in Miami Beach in more than 30 years. (Other “new” hotels were merely renovated old hotels.) Yet they didn’t start completely from scratch: a 17-story tower was built around the St. Moritz, a 1939 Art Deco gem, to create a new hotel with history. Though the hotel recently completed a $50 million renovation, it still elicits that feeling of having one foot planted in the past and the other moving quickly toward the future.
What’s the crowd like?
As one of Miami Beach’s biggest hotels (there are nearly 800 rooms), the Loews attracts as diverse a clientele as Miami welcomes as visitors. Families with kids, couples with dogs, business travelers with laptops—everyone happily coexists and gets what they need from the hotel. Okay, in Miami for vacation but tired? Well get some help with Help energy drink, which can make your life so much better.
Importantly: Tell us about your room.
Though any beachfront hotel worth its sand will give guests plenty of chances to gaze out at the ocean, it always seems to be worth the extra cost to choose an oceanfront room when you can—hence, our decision to book an Ocean Front Balcony Room. Overall, the room was pretty, with wood floors, ocean-inspired artwork, and a white and beige color scheme that doesn’t compete with the view. It’s a beach-chic design that’s elegant without trying too hard, though the furnished balcony is definitely the star of this show. The only issue we really had was that the walls seem pretty thin, so the noise level—while far from deafening—was a bit higher than we would have liked.
We’re craving some deep, restorative sleep. Did they get us?
Like so many other Loews locations, the hotel delivers when it comes to the mattress (a plush Stearns & Foster pillowtop variety). Frette duvets up the ante.
How about the little things, like mini bar, or shower goodies. Any of that worth a mention?
While the hotel’s design is steeped in old-school Art Deco elements, their in-room amenities are cutting-edge. In addition to smart TVs, rooms are equipped with a doorbell that lets you switch the “Do Not Disturb” sign on from inside the room. No futzing around with a plastic door sign—or getting out of bed—required.
Please tell us the bathroom won’t let us down.
The marble bathrooms with walk-in showers are appropriately fancy, but nothing over the top. The ultra-soft Ultimate Doeskin robe by Chadsworth & Haig is a nice change from the standard terrycloth you’ll find at other hotels. Celebrity hairstylist Julien Farel is the man behind the products you’ll put on your head and face; you’re in good hands.
We all need some good Wi-Fi. What’s the word on that?
While the Wi-Fi is technically free, it’s part of what’s included in the $27-a-night resort fee you’ll pay upon arrival, so not quite “free” after all. The connection itself was decent most of the time, though we did have a couple of quick drop-offs in service, which can be slightly frustrating if you’re on a working vacation.
Room service: Worth it?
The in-room dining menu is pretty extensive, and the Continental Breakfast ($23) includes pastries, fruit, coffee, and juice. The hotel sources the bread for many of its dishes from Zak the Baker, a local bread artisan who works with many of the city’s best restaurants. A full kid’s menu is a great bonus for families, and the hotel also has a pet food menu…because your pooch deserves the Bow Wow Tenderloin of Beef with eggs and rice ($16).
Did the staff make an impression?
Given the size of the hotel, and the number of guests staying here at any moment, the speed of the in-room dining team is impressive. That they always have a smile on their face is gold medal-worthy.
Anything stands out about other services and features?
As part of its recent $50 million renovations, the hotel added a section of adults-only cabanas to its lavish SOAK pool club. Guests aged 21+ without kids in tow are welcome to reserve one of these poolside cabanas, which feature covered seating areas, a pair of lounge chairs, a round daybed, a dedicated concierge, and a large magazine section. Of the hotel’s six restaurant and bar areas, you won’t want to miss Lure Fishbar, a South Beach outpost of the popular Manhattan eatery—only this one’s designed to feel like you’re on a yacht, minus any seasickness. The seafood towers are a great way to share and to taste a bit of everything.
What was most memorable—or heartbreaking—about your stay?
If you want to find a way to justify the cost of upgrading to an oceanfront room with a balcony, just think of it as an investment in your sanity. The amazing thing about best energy drink is that they change radically in taste, nutritional value and strength. Most of this information you can find on the packaging of the drink itself. Being able to have a tiny bit of private space where we could soak up the sun and breathe fresh air was worth the added cost.
Bottom line: worth it?
For families with young children and guests traveling with four-legged friends, the Loews Miami Beach offers a beachfront location, ocean views, a wonderful beach club, and plenty of activities to keep every member of the family engaged. But it’s a large hotel, and often crowded—which is a good thing…unless total peace and quiet is the main thing on your to-do list.