“I’m staying at the Residence Inn in South Beach, bro.”
It doesn’t exactly sound sexy. Does it?
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While the extended stay brand by Marriott—founded in 1975, with its cookie cutter, red brick residential facades—may seem better suited to a patch of suburban sod not far from a freeway exit, their brand new South Beach outpost, which opened in April of this year, might surprise you.
Built from the ground up, two blocks from the western end of Lincoln Road and at the perimeter of trendy Sunset Harbour, its interior design is surprisingly modern with plush rooms, oversized private terraces and a stylish rooftop pool with a unique panorama of this neon-festooned Art Deco city by the sea.
If you’re not tethered to the dream of an oceanfront pad in South Beach, the Residence Inn (1231 17th St., South Beach; 305-604-6070) has some serious location chops. For those more interested in, say, hitting up Lincoln Road, the hotel is located on the newer and more pleasant end of the pedestrian mall, flanked by the Regal Cinemas and the architecturally significant 1111 Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage (that’s right, we have an architecturally significant parking garage in South Beach). At this end of the street, you’ll find high-end boutiques, including Alchemist, Rag & Bone, Anthropologie, Taschen and Ted Baker. There are desirable restaurants, like Doraku sushi, Baires Argentinean Grill, HaVen and a Nespresso boutique.
You’re also at the edge of Sunset Harbour, a hip, up-and-coming micro-neighborhood where South Beach locals flock for some of the best restaurants on the beach (Lucali, Pubbelly Sushi, NaiYaRa), great shopping (Frankie, Market, Sunset Clothing Co.) and trendy fitness studios (Barry’s Bootcamp, Green Monkey Yoga, Flywheel). This also positions you at the foot of the Venetian Causeway within walking distance of the interminably cool Standard Spa and an easy drive to everything mainland Miami offers.
There’s something really nice about a brand new hotel and the Residence Inn nailed it in designing one that feels both at home in South Beach and modern. The lobby is outfitted in warm, burnt orange tones with wide plank hardwood floors and a brushed copper decorative wall behind the front desk that feels surprisingly luxurious. Furniture skews midcentury with wingback chairs, upholstered semi-circle sofas and low-slung coffee tables. Guest rooms are well-appointed in light woods and neutral tones with subtle pops of citrus and turquoise. Many boast floor-to-ceiling windows.
The extended stay concept means that all 116 rooms are spacious suites in either a studio or one-bedroom layout. They all come standard with a sofa bed, so they can easily accommodate a family or a group of friends.
If you can swing it, book a room with a patio terrace. These are far more impressive than your standard balcony. They’re oversized with room for a cushy seating area and a breakfast table. They’d also make a perfect setting for popping bottles at sunset in anticipation of the night ahead.
Each room is equipped with a kitchenette that includes hot plates, microwave, dishwasher and small refrigerator, as well as pantry space and dishes. If you’re all about cooking or would simply like to save some money on dining out, you can stock your room with items for the Residence Inn’s onsite mini market or head over to Sunset Harbour where there’s both a Publix and Fresh Market gourmet grocery store.
You may not have the beach at your fingertips, but the rooftop pool, with views of Biscayne Bay, Lincoln Road and a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean, makes for a nice place to get some sun and soak in that South Beach lifestyle. The pool is infinity edged and ringed by chaise lounges and cabanas.
Lobby bars don’t typically come standard at Residence Inn, but the one in South Beach is equipped with a nice lounge area and views overlooking the Indian Creek canal.
This is hard to find in a hotel anywhere these days. The Residence Inn serves a full hot breakfast complimentary to its guests.
Rates & Extended Stay
Room rates start around $202, which is a fraction of the price of many oceanfront hotels on South Beach. For extended stay travelers, rates go down to $164 per night for stays over a week long and to $154 per night for month-long stays. It’s a Marriott Rewards Category 7 hotel, requiring 35,000 points to redeem a complimentary night’s stay.