The northern part of Ocean Drive is still central to the action of South Beach but offers a little more quiet for guests who want a good night’s rest. The WinterHaven Hotel has prime ocean views, one- and two-bedroom suites and perhaps one of the nicest renovations to an original Art Deco property on the strip. Originally opened in 1939, the Albert Anis-designed structure features spacious rooms, a double-height lobby with a winding staircase to a multi-level mezzanine and a roof top solarium with panoramic views. In restoring the landmark property, decorative details were meticulously updated or replaced with exact replicas of period chandeliers, sconces and the original streamlined reception desk and sinuous lobby bar.
The streamlined interiors of the six-story WinterHaven are timeless and classic. Higher floors on the corner property offer the best views. Guests suites are simply furnished in custom designed Art Deco style furnishings with wooden venetian blinds and black and white photos of old Miami Beach to add to the retro ambiance. Updates include free WiFi and in-room safes and a small resort fee covers an ample breakfast buffet, use of beach chairs, discount happy hour drinks and snacks. While there is no pool, restaurant or fitness room on site, guests can use the pool at a nearby sister hotel and purchase day passes to a local gym for $11. The hotel’s Martini Bar opens daily at 4:30pm serving half price drinks to registered guests who gather on the breezy veranda facing Ocean Drive.
Suites at the WinterHaven have king and queen-sized beds and an adjoining lounge area with a pull down Murphy bed. Some rooms offer the option of connecting interior doorways for families and larger groups who want to stay together. Each room has a television, spa style bath products, two line telephones with electronic voice mail and high speed WiFi. The hotel staff is small but courteous and helpful with complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and drink service throughout the day. Top rated restaurants, nightclubs and the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall are a short distance away. What the WinterHaven has in ample quantity is charm, style and a welcoming atmosphere that adds to your enjoyment of South Beach.
1400 Ocean Drive