El Paseo Hotel

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El Paseo at night

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Modern room at El Paseo

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The always festive Espanola Way

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Taking a stroll on Lincoln Road

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By: Shayne Benowitz

El Paseo Hotel offers a cozy place to lay your head.

Located on the charming pedestrian Española Way in the heart of South Beach, El Paseo Hotel is a boutique property set amidst seven Mediterranean Revival-style villas spanning a few blocks.

With a pink stucco façade, Spanish tile roofs, striped awnings and arched windows opening up to Juliet balconies, El Paseo makes a charming first impression. The quaint lobby and reception area boasts Spanish tile floors with a flashy mosaic mirrored wall.

Upstairs, a sun-drenched library serves as a lounge with cushioned wicker chairs and arched glass doors opening up to a balcony overlooking Espanola Way. Enjoy the complimentary wine happy hour every evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as complimentary coffee every morning. If you want to stay fit while on vacation, you’ll have discounted access to nearby Crunch Fitness.

Spacious rooms come in a variety of floor plans including suites with up to two bedrooms and a living area, making for a great hotel if you’re traveling with the whole family or a group of friends. Walls are painted in pastel shades of sea foam and turquoise with modern wooden platform beds, built-in headboards and end tables. Colorful throw pillows, beachy artwork and eclectic objets d’art add to the rooms’ charm. Bathrooms are clean and modern with glass-enclosed showers and putty-colored tiles. There’s a fully equipped kitchen onsite and your room will have a full sized or mini fridge, as well as a stocked honor bar.

El Paseo is situated on the corner of Espanola Way and Washington Avenue in South Beach, which is just two blocks from Ocean Drive and the Atlantic Ocean. You will also have access to the hotel’s dedicated beach club with chairs and towels. This area is the heart of South Beach and within walking distance to the area’s best nightlife, restaurants and shopping along Washington and Collins Avenues. It’s also two blocks south of the famed pedestrian mall, Lincoln Road.

Espanola Way, itself, is a unique and historic location with Mediterranean Revival façades and sidewalk cafés lining the pedestrian street. It’s also fresh off of a multi-million dollar renovation and there’s lots of exciting weekly programming. Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, Espanola Way plays host to an arts and crafts market with local artisans selling their wares. On Wednesday evenings, don’t be surprised if you encounter an opera singer serenading diners at café tables along the street. It’s part of the “Opera on Espanola Way” program. You’ll also enjoy drink specials at area restaurants that evening. Thursday is Salsa Night where dancers take to the street for performances at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wake up early Saturday morning for a free 9:30 a.m. yoga class taught by South Beach’s oldest yoga studio, Synergy, and then later, cap off the evening with a samba performance by Boteco Copacabana at 8:30 p.m.

While there is no restaurant onsite at El Paseo, all of Espanola Way is at your doorstep with dining options including Havana 1957 for authentic Cuban cuisine, French bistro A la Folie and Mercato Della Pescheria for Italian fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Guests of El Paseo receive 15 percent discounts at all restaurants and shops on Espanola Way.

El Paseo is truly one of Miami’s most original boutique hotels—and one of the most affordable, so don’t hesitate to book a room here in the heart of South Beach on one of its most charming streets.