By: Kara Franker
Explore these haute hotels lining famed Ocean Drive on South Beach.
Known for its iconic Art Deco architecture and proximity to the beach, Ocean Drive is one of Miami’s most notable streets. Walk along the beachfront and you’ll come across dozens of outdoor eateries and a few of these impressive hotel properties.
The Villa, Casa Casuarina, formerly Versace Mansion
Acquired by Victor Hotels in September of 2013, The Villa, Casa Casuarina is located across from the beach on Ocean Drive. The three-story, 10-suite, luxury boutique hotel features an Italian restaurant, Gianni’s, named after the legendary Versace designer and former owner. Learn more about this property’s storied past: Peek Inside the Iconic Versace Mansion on South Beach. 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 786-485-2200.
Located in the heart of the action, Hotel Victor offers gorgeous ocean and city views. Redesigned by award-winning designer Yabu Pushelberg, the classic Art Deco property features 91 stylishly decorated guest rooms including 10 top floor suites and a mosaic-tiled pool with direct beach views. Spend some time relaxing at the spa or the pool. You’ll also want to stop by the hotel’s candy shop, Sugar Factory American Brasserie, offering both indoor and outdoor seating. 1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.779.8700.
Also under the Victor Hotels portfolio, you can’t miss Hotel Breakwater’s iconic neon sign that lights up the art deco facade. Centrally located, the property features amazing ocean views. Recently renovated by Stephen B. Jacobs, the hotel offers 99 spacious guest rooms, including four rooftop suites and a rooftop terrace with more sweeping views of South Beach. The hotel also features Italian restaurant, Il Paparazzi, and Ocean’s Ten, a casual sports bar. 940 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.532.2362.
Bentley South Beach
Situated on famed Ocean Drive, among the shops, eateries and nightlife of South Beach's art deco district, this corner boutique hotel is across the street from the beach. Rooms range from studios to penthouse suites and feature marble bathrooms, Egyptian cotton bedding and either full-size kitchens or kitchenettes. The best rooms have ocean views. The Bentley's on-site bistro serves modern Italian cuisine. 510 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.538.1700.
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