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The Beacon Hotel in Miami Beach, FL

The Beacon Hotel in Miami Beach, FL

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Beacon Hotel South Beach combines classic South Beach Art Deco style with contemporary amenities and modern design touches. Located in the heart of Miami Beach just minutes from South Florida's best nightlife, beaches, dining and entertainment, Beacon stands as an enticing and luxurious oasis.

History

Established in 1937.

Built in 1937, the Beacon Hotel South Beach was designed with the flair and magnificence of the Art Deco era. Renovated from 2004-2009, the Beacon offers 73 beautifully decorated rooms and 2 VIP Suites decorated to preserve the splendid features of Art Deco such as sparkling marble floors, combined with the modern chic decor of South Beach.

 

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Rating: 3.58

Address: 720 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, 33139
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Comments (101):

1. Sarah H.
If you're looking for a relatively affordable hotel in the heart of South Beach, The Beacon is a good place to start. Like most hotels on the strip, the Beacon has a restaurant downstairs that spills out into the sidewalk. So it can get very noisy at night - especially on the weekends. But you're there to get wasted and party, right? Not sleep! Pshaw! Rooms are tiny, but very clean. The decor is modest - mostly stark white with art deco accents. The floors are a cold, marble-like tile. I wish there had been a floor rug, but that's mainly because my feet get cold and I also get skeeved out by tile. But that's my issue, not yours. Bathrooms are very tiny, with only a stand-up shower that kind of reminded me of my college dorm. But again, it's all very clean and I guess I would call it "cozy" rather that "utterly small." The bed is comfy and gives you a great view of a nice flatscreen tv. You get complimentary breakfast at Johnny Rockets next door. Nothing fancy - just bagles, cereal, coffee and juice. But hey, it's something. It's only a block from my favorite bar on Ocean - Wet Willie's. And the beach is a quick jaunt across the street.

21/05/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. B J.
My boyfriend and I just recently stayed here during our trip to South Beach and I must say the hotel was pretty nice. The room is quite small and the bathroom is even smaller but clean. The bed was comfortable but the sheets made me hot.  Overall, everything was very clean so the size of the bathroom didn't bother me. The flat screen TV on the wall and the fact that all my favorite channels were available was the best part of the room. See, I am a reality TV junkie and I was too excited when I was flipping through the channels and I came across all my favorite channels that feed my reality tv habit, Oxygen (Bad Girls Club), BRAVO (Project Runway), MTV(Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Makin' the Band 4), and VH-1 (Flavor of Love).
The hotel offers free wireless internet which was also a plus. All you had to do was call down to the front desk and ask for a user name and password.
The "free" continental breakfast at Johnny Rockets left a little to be desired. The first day my boyfriend and I went there for breakfast, the restaurant was out of 2 of the options listed on the voucer. The second day they had everything but decaf coffee. I couldn't help but think, maybe they were just saving their decaf for "paying" customers.

I wouldn't recommend this hotel for a group of girl or guy friends going to South Beach to party as I mentioned earlier, the rooms are very small but it is a better option for someone traveling alone or a couple.

18/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. moore t.
very cute, quaint hotel directly across from the ocean and in the heart of the art deco historic district.  small rooms, but clean and comfortable.  built in 1936, this hotel has updated rooms and bathrooms and carry aveda products.  

very quiet amidst the busy restaurants and shops below.

great location with lots of restaurants to choose from and near a vast array of shops.

would recommend highly.

14/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Rachel P.
Great location, but the funky mildewy smell is what killed me...that and the pervasive dampness coating the room.  The sheets felt damp all night.  It's definitely not as bad as some of the crappy places in SoBe, but a far cry from what I expected for the money.

It almost reminds my friend of a tourist class European hotel in some of the cities...tiny room, tiny bathroom, but great location, so servicable...."It's one of those hotels you only stay if you don't plan on being in the room much."

22/02/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
5. Lisa N.
I'd like to preface this review by stating that I am in no way, shape, or form a food snob.  I grew up on red beans and corn bread and fried potatoes... southern family.  
However, I have had my share of ' fine dining '  experiences and have had the opportunity to eat at many wonderful restaurants around the world. This brings me to my latest experience at the Beacon Hotel in South Beach, Miami .  This review is based solely on my dining experience, as I did not stay at the hotel.  
Let's start with the good, before moving onto the bad and the ugly... shall we?
First, the location cannot be beat.  The tables spill out onto the palm tree lined  walkway of Ocean drive.  This is the main bustle of the South Beach night life and the people watching was SUPERB!  Of course we got the usual dose of sizzling ladies strutting their stuff in micro mini's and your typical guys-night-out uniform of Ed Hardy garb (can we talk about this trend please... ugh!). We also watched 2 guys flanked in GIANT Albino Pythons pass our table, sending one of my table mates into fight or flight mode.  And a leather clad gentlemen (mask and all) must've somehow wandered away from his spank-fest, as he looked rather lost with no one leading him by his dangling leash.  
Good Stuff.
While all this oogling was taking place, our waiter brought us some "bread sticks" to snack on.  Perhaps it was meant to be part of the whole low-carb- South Beach experience... but, this was not bread.  These were foot long crackers in the shape of pencils and my disappointment number one, perfect segue for the impending "bad" portion of the meal.
It all started when our waiter proceeded to bring full plated visuals of the nights specials to our table in an effort to tempt and tantalize.  At this point we had been sitting for about 15 minutes with only water and the sad substitute for bread ~ I was starving, and yet looking at a cold two-pound rib-eye on a plate that had been presented to every other table throughout the night, somehow wasn't alluring.
I went with the Seared Ahi which was served with a mescaline salad and a deep-fried risotto ball.  The tuna was actually quite a generous portion and it was nicely flavored and not over cooked.  The salad... well, that can be accomplished by opening a bag-o-lettuce from Trader Joe's.  And the risotto was just plain AWFUL ~ hard as a rock on the outside, gummy and flavorless on the inside and my disappointment number two.  This pretty much ruined the meal for me, as I am a protein + starch kind of girl.  I resorted to pairing the cracker-like-breadstick with my entree in search of the combo I desired.  This didn't really do the trick.
For desert I ordered the Key-Lime Pie.  Which was tasty, in a  
"Wow! This came from COSTCO?!?!"   sort of way.  
Certainly not freshly made, but my sweet tooth was satisfied.
As Im sure you have gathered by now, the "ugliness" occurred with the delivery of the bill.  One disappointing entree and a Costco-like slice set me back $60.00.  Damn.  That's the price of the Mashka necklace I just spotted on Bluefly.com .  Bummer.

04/10/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
6. Jo F.
Location! Location! Location! Actually this hotel had more to offer than just location.  The staff was very nice and helpful and the rooms were not too bad.  The noise level was very minimal and beds were super comfy.  The food at the restaurant downstairs was very good, but pricey...although most restaurants around that area are, if you want good cheap eats...around the corner is a Cuban restaurant called Puerto Sagua.  They offer a free breakfast at the Johnny Rockets downstairs and also offered free wi-fi in the rooms.  I would totally stay here again.

04/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Mark B.
Just got home from a week at The Beacon.  This hotel sure grew on me!  But let's call it like it is.  This is an older hotel on a street lined with older hotels, and the rooms are reflective of the era during which they were built....they are smallish, the bathrooms are small with little shelf space, the A/C is "window style", the elevator is small, and there is not much storage in the room.  If you are not a hotel snob and can accept that reality, this is one of my favorite hotels I have stayed in!  The staff is all incredibly friendly.  The beach chairs and towels provided in the room is a very nice touch.  The room was very clean, and the bed and linens are first class.  The "continental breakfast" is a very comprehensive menu of omelettes, eggs, waffles, etc.  the setting is vibrant and lively.  Valet parking (you are better off without a car!) was a very realistic $20 - allow 15 minutes for your car to show up.  And the location is simply amazing.  No, the Beacon is NOT the W.  But if you are looking for an authentic South Beach hotel with clean accommodations and a friendly staff, put this one on list to inquire about.  The restaurant next door, "A Fish Called Avalon" is unbelievable.  Ate dinner there twice!

24/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. THEKING L.
Great customer service, very friendly people. Typically alot of fake service people, but the beacon was an exception.

We had the ocean front room, very small, very very small.
Our bathroom had a bathtub thank goodness. Pretty modern stuff in terms of technology and layout.

One horrible thing, everything remains wet or will get wet as the humidity in the room are horrible. $7500 worth of camera gear I had was almost ruined by the humidity in the room. I had to store them in special bags and in the closet.

The views are nice as the beach is right across the street, its not as noisy as one would think on a Saturday night. Anyway who goes to south beach to sleep in the night?

The Place (restaurant) was very very expensive and the complementary breakfast was as basic as they come, a bagel and coffee, both cold and the service is so slow.

Parking, forget about it. You have to pay $20 for valet per day, then tip them every time you need your vehicle so that they dont get it all messed up. To get your car you have to call 30 mins before as they probably park it far away.

I wouldnt mind staying here though

05/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Jessica B.
I stayed here with 4 of my girlfriends for wmc for 4 nights. We arrived on a red eye and got to the Beacon around 9am.  Check in isn't until 3pm and we had to wait until after 2:00 to get into one of our two rooms.  The hotel was super busy and the staff wasn't particularly friendly.  Luckily, the beach is across the street and there was plenty of people watching and food to be had at the plentiful sidewalk cafes.  
When we got into our rooms we all agreed that they were nice.  The beds comfy and clean and the bathroom adequate though small.  The room was small in size but us girls managed just fine.  There was no full length mirror in the rooms, but there is one on the second floor lobby, where there is also a couple couches and a t.v.
The bar inside is small but the drinks are cheaper than outside at the cafe, where they are super pricey, but that is true of everywhere in South Beach.
The cafe sucks.  They forgot half our food order and we ended up canceling it.  Good thing since our bill was $150 for crab cakes, a chicken sandwich, 3 bloody marys and 1 bacardi  and coke.
The location is pretty good if you want to spend time hanging at the beach and shopping.  We found that most of the clubs were to far to walk, especially in heels.
Overall, we had way too much fun and enjoyed our stay.

09/04/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
10. Kizle F.
Have stayed at the beacon numerous times years ago and thought I would give it another try. Bad move. The hotel has opened a terrible restaurant which sole purpose is to steal your money and make your life miserable. We had "full" breakfast complimentary as a special with our booking and had the worse experience ever. We sat down for about 30 minutes before our drinks were delivered and then our waiter brought out cold food 10 minutes later. I didn't care as much as my wife who wanted hers remade when we overhear the waiter calling my wife a bitc*! She then calls management over who proceeds to call my wife a liar and makes us pay for our REFILLS on OJ (which are not included). This all happened after we ate there the night before and got charged $235 for special paella that was about as average as you could get. Spoke to management of hotel and they were not very helpful. I feel like they were using the restaurant as a means of getting more money out of their guests. Wish they still had breakfast at the local Johnny Rockets. Not the most upscale, but at least they are honest.

17/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
11. Courtney P.
Note to self... read Yelp. Not Trip Advisor. I know... I know. The Yelp-demi-gods may spank me. My bad.

This place had good reviews on Trip Advisor. Beautiful website. (I spent all weekend looking for what they took pictures of... I don't think it was in any hotel I stayed in). The Front Desk Manager sent out a lovely intro/booking email and a very nice follow up email. And the front desk staff was nice.

Now, let me present my caveat that I've never stayed in an "Art Deco" hotel, but have stayed in a LOT of small boutique hotels. Most are small, well curated, but stylish. This had a dark, sad lobby. Old rickety elevator. (Some may say charming... maybe. I'm alive. I'll go with that.) Room: first note. SMALL. Really small. Smaller than my studio apartment in NYC and THAT is saying something. Okay most boutique hotels do have small rooms... but there was no desk. No table. No chair. But what bothered me the most was the really shitty lighting. There was one dim light in the main room and one dim light in the bathroom. Sorry this sounds like a girl complaint: but it made it hard to put on makeup at night without putting an eyeliner in your eye and a lipstick in your nose. The sink was half stopped up. The closet light didn't work. Did not feel super good that one night when I came back, all of the lights were on in the room and some of my bags were open. (No it was not turn-down service.)

PLUS: The bed was comfy.

I'm giving it 3 stars because the location is good, the front desk was nice, the bed was comfy and it was pretty clean. And maybe this is the norm for "Art Deco" boutique hotels. But I would not stay here again.

11/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. Bryan R.
My partner & I went to South Beach on a mini vacation for four days.  We had a grand time there.  The hotel was very clean and modern.  Its totally worth every penny.  You are just as close to the beach at the Beacon Hotel as you are in the over priced Ritz down the road...  There is nothing nostalgic and trendy about staying anywhere but the art deco district of South Beach...  That's why I love the Beacon Hotel its old but it has a sense of style.  Like a cool corvette driving grandmother.

04/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. P B.
Great place to stay while visiting South Beach. Across from the beach and the staff is wonderful/friendly and professional. Flawless stay at the Beacon Hotel

18/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. francis c.
i stayed here on a trip for a friend's bday.
this was like 4 years ago & i can't forget how in love i was with this place.
my gf's stayed in the hotel 2 door down and that place totally didn't compare.
the beacon is located in a great spot. We stayed in the ocean front suite, AMAZING.
great view, the bed was so comfy, short walk to the beach, complimentary breakfast, the service was super nice & helpful.
i booked a stay as a walk-in bc the place a booked before was a dump.

09/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Nick C.
Just read a few Yelp reviews about this place, and, yeah, what they said! Great location right across the street from the beach and near the night life. Small but perfectly fine rooms. I parked across the street and just "fed the meter" when I was in the hotel, which wasn't any cheaper than valet, but a lot more convenient (you can feed for a few hours at a time).  Avoid being accosted by the restaurant staff each time you walk in by sneaking in the side door. For $100/night and free breakfasts, I was happy.

14/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Richie C.
Nice, but very old school. The Beacon is right smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Ocean Drive. The beach and almost all the bars/clus are walking distance.  The room we stayed in smelled of cigarettes, but was decently priced.  They have only one elevator thats slower than a sloth and we were on the 4th floor, so getting to our room took a while.  The wierd thing about the staff is that no matter how many times we walked in and out of the hotel, the lady outside kept trying to lure us in for happy hour. You'd think she'd make some effort to remember that we were guests there. Anyway, I don't think i'd mind staying here again. It was ok. Just ok.

03/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Key C.
The hotel room was small but clean.  It had very little counterspace to put any of our stuff especially the bathroom but we are talking 3 girls in one room, does any hotel room have the proper counterspace for all our stuff.  The bed, pillow and linens were clean and comfortable which is very important to me.  The hotel is right across the street from the beach which is convenient however we were a bit away from the "action."

Beacon is located on 8th and Ocean and many of the clubs and shopping strips are near 12-16th and Oceans or Collins.  So every night, as we go out to start the night we had to walk 5-7 blocks in heels....which is ok walking there but at the end of the night...a short cab ride home.  

We decided to start our trip with a few drinks and were told the drinks at the restaurant  were half off....so 3 mojitos please! and before we said keep them coming, we asked how much they were since the drinks didn't have a price so at $18/ half price we thought we were getting ripped off at $9 a drink but hey we are on vacation and the mango mojitos were very good.  We later found out that $9 is a DEAL in south beach.  

Before people think that my friends and I are complete lushes cause all my reviews in Miami are regarding alcohol.  We did eat here and for the restaurant, I'd give it a 2 star.  They do a great job with presentation however I rate on TASTE.  The lobster bisque tasted fishy and bland.  The lobster salad needed tobasco, lemon, salt, pepper to get it remotely edible.  The calamari was decent but it's fried, can they really mess that up?

OH forgot the best part.  We stayed in room 515 and we believe it's haunted.  AHAHHA.  I wasn't as creeped out about it as my friends were.  Every day we'd come back to our hotel from our day activities, the TV would be ON and not on a channel but that black white static you know " the RING" type static.  creepy yes.  We were in our hotel room once with the TV OFF and it just came on with that static again and if we channel up or down it would go to an actual TV station.....Gets better....the light would flicker from time to time.  and this one time, in the middle of the night, the ceiling fan turn on to a VERY high speed - this did creep me out cause it woke me up, it lasted about 30 - 40 seconds but felt like MINUTES....

I HATE scary movies but oddly I am only creeped out as I write this and wasn't so much as I experienced it.  When we checked out, they asked how our stay was, I said it was great but did anyone tell them that the room was haunted...she replied oh cause of the electrical activity in there.......dooodoo doo doo....*my attempt at the twilight zone song*

13/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
18. Barbara M.
It was nice, after staying at a near-by hotel (Starlight) . I liked it, minutes away from the beach, fun environment!

04/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Jessica M.
This hotel is in such a great location walking distance to most everythin in south beach. the room we had was a corner room so we had lots of space and our bed was super comfy. The decor is lacking inspiration and looks unfinished in my opinion.

20/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
20. Marjorie H.
We decided to stay here based on a friend's recommendation.  The Beacon was a cute boutique hotel right on Ocean Drive and across the street from the beach.  Everyone who worked there was super nice and helpful.  The room and bathroom was small but who spends all day in the room?  We got free breakfast at Johnny Rockets and there are beach chairs in room to take across the street to lay out on.  The internet only worked intermittently and there was only one elevator but oh well.  Overall we had a nice stay at the Beacon and would think about staying there again if we went back to Miami.

09/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Sasha M.
I would in no way recommend this to anyone.  The only thing going for it is the location.  You can walk across the street and sit on the beach.  However, you have a whole blocks of hotels so choose them.

The room ocean view should have been called palm tree view.  It was very small and the air conditioner and toilet did not seem to work right.

The hotel check in was cold and inconvienced by anythng I asked.

09/09/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
22. Ann G.
I've been staying here when in SoBeach for 20 years-it isn't the swankiest on the drive, but it's one of the most reasonable, and still very cool. The bar is great, as is the restaurant. Great location.

02/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Amy S.
Don't ever eat here!  The food was disgusting and I am not a picky eater.  My friend ordered tuna and could not finish it because it was not fresh and my dish (some weird pasta) was also not edible.  To top it off the service was horrendous!  The place was empty yet it took FOREVER for our waiter to come to our table to the point we almost left.  I wish we woudl have!  Not to mention, when we first arrived no one came to ask to seat us.  We had to go solicit the hostess ourselves.  Bizarre! Never in my dining history has this ever occured.  Sure, the ambiance on the rooftop of this place is nice but that is where my compliments end.

05/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
24. Maureen H.
The customer service at this hotel is non existent. The front desk staff were rude, unhelpful and full of excuses when we questioned their service, or lack thereof. The hotel was noisy, so don't plan to sleep. The reason I game them one star is because the beds were comfortable. Would NOT recommend!!!

28/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
25. C H.
AVOID this hotel! The service was appallingly bad! The terrible service was consistent among the entire hotel staff. It is also extremely noisy both inside and outside the hotel. There are hotel many options in South Beach be sure not to select Beacon!!

29/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
26. M. J. D.
"You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!"
 -Tony Montana

If you want a quick tour of this hotel, rent a copy of Scarface, and fast forward to the chainsaw in the shower scene.  Filmed in this hotel, that scene gives you a free tour of the room.

Although the movie is 26+ years old (older than most Yelpers) there really isn't that much that the hotel can do to update these rooms.  The floors are a nice marble, so they are immune to the telltale signs of wear that carpet would give, and when you chop up a drug dealer in your shower with a chainsaw, the maids can just wipe the marble clean!  That's convenient!

To say the rooms are small is an understatement.  They're more like dorm room small.  There's no partying with your friends in here, but with South Beach right outside your door, why party in the room?    Rear projection TV's have been pulled out, and replaced with space saving flat screens.  This shows that the hotel is aware of the cramped quarters and has done something to improve the situation.  But be aware that if you have more than two bags with you, you will be tripping over them to get to your chainsaw.

Rooms at the front of the hotel can be noisy at night, with all the music and bustle of a party town right below you.  Rooms at the back of the hotel get quite noisy at 7:30 am every day as the trash collection trucks bang down the alleys, so ask for the appropriate room.  Night owls stay at the front, early risers at the back -OR- chop up your drug dealer at night in the front of the hotel, or wait till the morning to chop him up if you are in the rear of the hotel (then dump the bits out the window into the trash truck as it drives by).

"I always tell the truth. Even when I lie"
 -Tony Montana

The internet reception was spotty at best.  Weak, one bar reception in the back of the hotel, slightly better up front.  The desk guy said they had an antenna out and they were working on it, but I'm gonna call that a lie, since it's been out for months according to other reviewers.

The elevator here is not for the timid.  It gets overcrowded with 3 people, and sounds like it just might fail.  Still, it didn't plummet everyone to their death.   Yet.

Important Tips for staying at the Beacon:
1) Tip your valet.  They were astoundingly slow, and frequently absent. A $5 tip, and he remembered us.  After that, service improved.
2) Be willing to negotiate with the host at the restaurant. He knows you have many dining options in South Beach, and offered a free bottle of wine one night, and another restaurant host gave us 2 for 1 lunch.  And it didn't take any special negotiating skills (like tying him up in the shower with a chainsaw running).  Just peruse the menu out on the sidewalk long enough, and act indecisive.
3) Avoid the elevator.  You'll do a lot of walking on south beach.  A couple of stairs wont kill you.  The elevator can't make that promise.
4) There's a lady that takes care of all the plants here.  She knew more about plants -and was willing to share it- than any human should ever know.

The doorman will hold the door for you, if he sees you coming, but he's frequently off his post chatting, then looking embarrassed when you open the door yourself.  If you're being chased in a gunfight, expect to get your own door.

All in all, the Beacon is a 2 star hotel that is trying desperately to be a four star hotel.  Clean, trendy looking, nice plants in the 3rd floor open courtyard.  Still, for the price, it would be hard to beat this place in SoBe.  It gets 3 stars for it's beer budget, and the class of Tony Montana.

"I'm Tony Montana! You f**k with me, you f****n' with the best! "
 -Tony Montana

31/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
27. Robb T.
Lied about the terms of a special promotion after it was already purchased. Rude staff. There are better options in Miami.

28/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
28. Kelly N.
I chose this hotel because it was rated #22 on Tripadvisor.com .  The reviews were fairly good and we found pretty good rates on their website.  Yes, this place is right in the middle of it all.  Hence walking around wasn't so bad...too bad for us we had to walk in the rain this past weekend though.  Valet parking was $20 a day which wasn't too bad compared to other places.  There's usually someone out there ready to take your car.  Ocean Ave is certainly not the widest street so it felt a little crazy when we were just getting there and trying to figure out where to pull in and where to park our car to get valeted.  But I rang up the hotel and they told us what we needed to do.  Check-in was a breeze.  When we got there I was thinking man, we're not going to be able to sleep with all of the noise.  But we were placed on the second floor and it was pretty quiet.  Rooms were pretty clean...could use a little bit of touch up in the bathrooms.  Bathroom was super small though.  That's my only real complaint though.  Otherwise service and everything was great.

01/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Frank E.
I'm revising my earlier review of the Beacon. Maybe I was cranky from the traffic. The people here could not be more accommodating and friendly. They went out of their way on every request. They brought us 2 chairs for the room. The included continental breakfast was wonderful. This is an old funky hotel. But the service is some of the finest I've received anywhere. The people here are incredible!

15/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Krystle R.
The Beacon is in a GREAT location, just walk outside and you are in the mix of the buzzing scene of South Beach.  You get free breakfast, which includes orange juice, a bagel and yogurt.  They give you VIP passes to skip line at the hottest clubs that are mostly walking distance.  The beach is literally 40 steps away.  In your closet, they give you 2 lounge chairs you can take to the beach, so you don't have to rent them which was very thoughtful.

The rooms are nice and clean.  The bed was comfortable with a lot of pillows.  The bathroom is kind of small and not really any shelf room, but you probably won't be in your room much anyway, you're in South Beach!  They don't have a pool, but it didn't bother us because we were in Miami.  Who wants to hang by the pool all day?  You can easily hang at other big hotel's pools.

My husband surprised me for our 3 year Anniversary with a trip to Miami and we stayed at the Beacon hotel.  I would definately go back.

22/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Bill W.
Stayed here feb 12th to 15th.. Great location. Had a rental car and never had to use it. If you go to south beach, can't beat this hotel for the $$. Only a 90 second walk to mango's which was a blast, even on weeknights

05/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Garrett P.
When we first arrived, I parked my car in the valet area and waited.  About 5 minutes later, looking around, I started getting the bags out of the car - I didn't know if I was allowed to just park there, or what was going on.  I lugged up my bags to the door, opened it, got in, right where the valet was standing.  Wait...why is he inside?  And not even looking outside - you know, where the cars would be?  He asked if I needed help with my bags (a bit late for that, no?), then went outside to park the car.

This was the cheapest hotel I could find on Ocean Blvd., and aside from the bellhops being a bit of a nuisance (more than one), the experience was pretty good.  Parking is $20 a day, and the rooms were clean.  The rooms are a bit small, but you can't expect much more in these older buildings.  However, the rooms do have flat-screen TV's on the wall, plus the decor is very modern-chic.  The hotel is located right in the middle of South Beach, along the main strip of hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs/bars.

Whenever we had a question, the front desk was always attentive and quick to answer.  We were also worried that being on the second floor would be too noisy in the morning (we were planning on being up partying late), so they moved us to the 5th with no problems.  One bad point is the scary elevator - only fits 4 people, and sometimes shudders from the 5th floor on the way down.

11/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. amish s.
This hotel is all about the location price mix. You can go further down the beach by the Ritz and other beach resorts and pay 3-4 times more. People usually come to South Beach for the night life and the beach  - so (like Vegas), does the room really matter? You need good location a comfy bed, a clean room and a decent staff.
I found the room and bathroom to be acceptable given the time i spent in it (to sleep 4-6 hrs). Bathroom stocked with Aveda products.  The elevator is small but that is South Beach - these places are old. I stayed on the 4th floor but still took the stairs with no problem.

Also - in the closet there were 2 great fold out beach chairs. Considering the beach is right across the street - i thought it was a nice perk.

The staff was pretty accommodating - but many were not from the area so they couldn't help you find a good restaurant, club or Cuban stogey.

The one annoyance - but this seems to be the theme on Ocean Dr - the restaurant out front is leased out to a restaurant - so if you just want to hang out there they will harass you or make you buy a drink.  They werent rude about it, but they did pester you if you hung out too long.

In all - this is a fine place to stay if you are just coming down for a weekend of fun in the sun. If you are planning on spending a lot of time in the room, i wouldn't stay here - or South Beach at all for that matter.  

There was a scene from Scarface filmed here as well. There is a picture of Scarface when near the reception.

13/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Josh T.
I stayed on the fourth floor in one of the Ocean Drive facing rooms mid-week.  The room itself was pretty good in size.  The bed was large and really soft.  Marble floors were nice and cold which is really nice after coming in from the beach.  Staff were friendly enough.

The one thing that disappointed me was the breakfast.  Rather then vouchers for the hotel restaurant's breakfast, they send you over to Johnny Rockets.

23/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Allison A.
The Beacon is in a great location, central to all the excitement on SoBe.
The rooms were extremely small and not quite what I expected BUT the service among all things was outstanding. They were extremely helpful. I had breakfast at the entrance of the hotel and for the price you cant complain. I would stay here again, make sure to look up all applicable discounts, I used the facebook discount which took off the most money and I got a complimentary mojito and breakfast.

18/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Damien M.
Beacon Hotel is a great place to have breakfast. Perfect place to eat.
Big D.

16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Robert Y.
The obvious highlight of this place is the location.  It is located across the street from the beach.  There are plenty of places to shop or hang out within a couple of blocks.

They offer free breakfast, but the only item in the free breakfast that I enjoyed was the OJ.

The decor of the lobby is pretty neat, but the room itself is just ordinary.

03/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
38. Linda W.
The Beacon did it's job.  A small clean room with an equally small shower.  I guess this is South Beach, not much to actually do in your room anyways.

Room stocked with Aveda products, daily beach towels, chairs you can take out to the beach.  They have a tiny 24 hour gym that has a weight machine, treadmill, and elliptical, but it does its job.  Free breakfast means a muffin, juice, and cereal/yogurt at Johnny Rockets - which I thought was a little cheap, considering there's a restaurant right out in front of you.

The only bummer was that two of my friend's flight were cancelled, and they had to come in the next night, but the Beacon wasn't able to do anything about the room charge of the first night.  I get it, there's a cancellation policy, but clearly we were trying to arrive on time, my friends had no control over the flight cancellations, so I would have appreciated them taking off the first night.

Oh, and room deck not open - they are awaiting permits.

27/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
39. Schyler S.
I had such an amazing time at this hotel. It was my first time in South Beach and this is where we stayed. From the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out it was amazing!

The location is beyond perfect and the rooms themselves were very nice. You're obviously not at the Ritz so don't expect gold lamps, but expect a great time. They even have beach towels and chairs for you to take out on the beach.

South Beach itself was not my cup of tea, a little dirty for my taste. I'm just glad I had a nice room to go to after being attacked by all the restaurants on Ocean Drive!

20/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Kwame J.
Loved this hotel, I stayed here 6 times everytime I stayed in Miami.

ONLY downside is NO POOL.

But hey the beach is across the street and Wet Willies is on the corner.

(and remember SCARFACE almost got chopped up next door)

Location is everything.

12/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Andrea L.
My daughter and I spent one night at this boutique hotel. It is located right in front of the beach and all of the activity. The rooms are on the small side, but have all the needed amenities. Breakfast is included with your stay and it is really good. The only negative experience was with the valet parking. We were told that it would take 15 minutes to get our car and it took over 30 minutes.

13/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Sheena P.
Stayed here for two nights back in May. I would say overall I was happy with the hotel. We got a deal through google offers and ended up only paying $300 for 2 nights. This included breakfast each morning with a mimosa and valet parking. The breakfast was tasty-- we were able to choose from ~8 dishes.
The rooms were small, but for the price and location you can't really complain about it. The decor was perfect and you really felt like you were in Miami's art deco district.
The bathrooms were decent sized with a tub shower and curtain.
A/C's worked amazingly! The beds were comfortable and the iHome and free wifi made me feel like I was at home. Huge perk-- beach chairs and towels are provided, so you don't have to worry about packing any of this. Also, the concierge has almost everything you might have forgot to pack.
The beach is right across the street!
We ended up taking a cab from MIA and it was like $30 which was not bad at all!

All in all I would 100% recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a beach getaway. I would check the Beacon's website before booking with any outside retailer ( hotels.com , etc) because they tend to have A LOT of specials!

10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Kim C.
I guess you get what you pay for.  The Beacon hotel is located conveniently on Ocean which gives you access to the beach and tons of restaurants.  Unfortunately the rooms are incredibly small, the a/c is inconsistent, and the beds are old and too soft.  Don't get me started on the bathrooms.  Our toilet made strange squeeking noises every time we flushed and our bathroom light was out.  The saving grace is the service.  The housekeeping service was quick (25 minutes) and the front desk staff for the most part was extremely kind and helpful.  If you can afford a suite, do it!  Those rooms are much nicer in every way and a lot bigger.

13/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
44. poppi k.
So. Not what we expected, but true to the yelp reviews CLEAN. ICE COLD. GREEEAAAAT LOCATION. No pool and you are on the "restaurant row" of sobe. Which means a lot of plastic lobster displays and tons of ppl accosting you on the street to do their $9.99 special which always somehow winds up a $50 shitty meal. BUT. true to yelp. The staff at the beacon were AMAZING. I only met Luis once and he was lovely but we dealt with Sabrina who was beyond sweet kind and bent over backwards for us! She is the reason I'm giving 4 stars. Oh, and the ac

04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Smitcha B.
The Beacon Hotel was built many decades ago. Alike many other oldskool, smaller, boutique hotels on this beach front, you're really paying for the location. Across the street is the Atlandtic Ocean, once again very convenient if you wish to spend time on the beach. At night, it's loud on this street, traffic is crazy with loud music blasting from the cars and the other hotels. It was weird how all that chaos never bothered us when we were in our room but of course we were out until 4-6am everyday. The hotel is clean and the staff was friendly when we requested items or asked for feedback for various activities. During the afternoon and for dinner, they serve food in the front of the hotel but like all the other hotels on this street, it can get pricey if you don't order their deals/specials.

Our room was small: two full sized beds and a small bathroom. There wasn't a desk or a chair, no room for that. One drawer, in-room frig fully stocked by the hotel, secured safe, and a small flat tv on the wall. The A/C worked well because to me that was the most important thing in our room considering it was so hot and humid. Our room was located on the 2nd floor which right across we had a little community two seater patio where you can hang out and if you need a smoke.

The 24 hour gym is very small but good for a simple work out. Their business center is supposedly 24 hours as well. The hotel offers complimentary coffee/tea, muffins and what have you in the mornings from 9-11am at the Johnny Rockets next door. The lobby guy said supposedly once in a while Dwayne Wade pulls up in his lambo and has a bite or two at Johnny Rockets. Didn't see him this time though.

All the spots that I chose for eating and the nightlife was in walking distance from this hotel. This was perfect because parking in South Beach is a pain in the butt, not to mention the bad traffic during the peak hours. We didn't need to rent a car. We just walked and when it was far or too hot, we took a cab. Every cab ride only consisted of $5-9 max for us. Keep in mind, we only stayed and partied in SoBe. So if you can save the hassle of renting of a car, then try a hotel like the Beacon for it's prime location.

27/07/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Albert C.
We landed early & check in was not till 3pm but the staff was nice enough to keep our luggage in a safe place while we walk down ocean drive. We were also able to get our room early since we checked back in the front desk after brunch ...which was pretty sweet. The room is small but it is good for people that want to party, drink and go to the beach. The location is great because we were able to walk anywhere down the strip. Breakfast was also included with our stay which made you get up before 11am. The hotel also supplies you with beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas which is very convenient. Overall, the room was extremely clean and the hallways always smelled like fresh citrus grapefruit and hospitality was amazing.

10/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Grant L.
Pros: location.  Cons: expensive for what you get, lots of other good options in the area for the same price. Room was extremely loud, thin walls and constant noise from internal and external sources. The bathroom had a window with no blinds and the door between the bedroom and bathroom was glass, when the sun came up sunlight was blasting into the bedroom, not what you want when you've been up all night experiencing Miami. A small factor was the tiny rooms, but that's expected in this area.

24/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
48. Res R.
If you're looking for great access to the beach, shopping, and dining - look no further. The Beacon is in a great location - right smack in the middle of the South Beach action on Ocean Drive. Although it is an older art deco style hotel, the rooms are updated and well appointed. The accommodations are small, which wasn't an issue for me. It all depends on how much time you plan on spending in your room. If your goal is to be out and about (be it on the beach, partying, or shopping), then the accommodations are perfectly fine. The rooms were also kept very clean and the beds are VERY comfy. Also, the staff was helpful and polite.

Our room was surprisingly quiet (even without the air condition running, and thus, masking any noise).

Tips:
The room floors are not carpeted, so pick up a cheap pair of slippers or slipper socks. That's what we did and it worked out great.

Each room comes equipped with beach chairs and towels. Handy!

When strolling down Ocean Drive, walk on the park/beach side - NOT the hotel/restaurant row side - to avoid being harassed by the restaurants.

To get around South Beach (without a car), walk two blocks up to Washington (Ave.?) and catch the South Beach Local (SBL) for 25 cents a ride! I wish we had known this upon arrival. It would have saved us a lot of walking, but we learned soon enough.

Drawbacks:
There is only one elevator in the building and it is slow, so prepare to take stairs when needed. Again, this is typical of an older building.

There was no refrigerator in our room (not that I noticed), so plan your meals accordingly.

(I stayed here in October 2009)

06/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. C M.
The hotel was just ok, but my friend and I had caught their summer special for 20% off. We stayed at the beginning of Aug 2011 as they were in the processing of renovating (painting). The rooms were small, but we managed. Customer service was decent for the daytime staff, but the night manager was awesome! He was very friendly and made sure to greet us no matter how many times he saw us during any given night. The location was great...directly across from the beach and in the middle of everything. Breakfast is offered by Johnny Rockets, which the front desk gives you a voucher for each day, but it does not start until 9am.

Also to note, apparently housekeeping does not clean rooms until after 4pm everyday...even though their check-in is at 4pm! We had to request  to have our room cleaned earlier.

Oh yeah, this was hotel were they filmed Scarface at.

16/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
50. Derrick S.
Had a great time at the Beacon. Definitely worth the money (very affordable). No, you don't wind up with a huge room, but it's MIAMI - go enjoy the scenery.  Plus, just prepare yourself to expect a smaller room and you'll realize it's more than enough for your stay. The size of the bathroom was probably the only challenge.

The location of this hotel is incredible and cannot be beaten. Give the Beacon a shot!

23/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Peter O.
Surprisingly nice hotel along the SoBe line of hotels. The staff was very friendly, helpful, courteous and responsive.  The room, though not very quiet (it is, an older holel, so you get what you pay for in my mind), was very cozy.  The bed was quite comfortable and I had no problem sleeping all night.  We were in the back, and the neighbors started doing work early - the only downside.  But at least we got on our day early.  Close proximity to all that SoBe has to offer.  Good restaurant, we ate there every day for breakfast (included in our price) plus once for dinner which was OK.  

All in all, I would recommend this as a good bargain choice for a short stay in SoBe.

23/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Michelle T.
Spent a week at this hotel for Christmas 2012, and I had a great service, the room was clean, the personal was courtuous, I would definately go back.

01/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Erin O.
There were goods and bads, so here is the breakdown:

Value - 5 stars - The location plus breakfast at this price cannot be beat. Beach towels and chairs were an added bonus.

Service - 3 stars - Everyone was super friendly and usually remembered our room number, BUT, a couple basic requests were not done or took follow up to complete. Its also a bit awkward when you arrive as the only people outside are usually restaurant staff. Do you ask them for help with luggage? Do you go inside to get help? After unloading our own luggage from the vehicle and standing there oddly a server grabbed our stuff and hustled it up the steps and all was well, but it was a weird start.

Quality - 3 stars - Beds were super comfortable. Towels and robes were soft and good quality. Room was clean.  I knew the rooms and bathroom would be small based on reviews and just the age of the building, BUT it was really tough for 2 women to get ready in that space and store luggage/clothes. I think some creative shelving and better lighting in the bathroom would have gone a LONG way. A lot of things are just worn out as well with electrical outlets no longer holding plugs, shelves coming out of wall and the A/C sounded like it was dying.

The noise level at the hotel was good the first 3 nights (we had garden view), but as the weekend crowd started arriving we found out what it could be like. Would recommend earplugs.

All in all, we enjoyed our stay and I think the value/location wins out over the downsides. I think if I was going to SoBe for a short stay again I might use the Beacon, but anything over 2 nights and I would probably find a larger option maybe with a kitchen, but that is probably more personal preference.

(PS, the restaurant is separate from the hotel, make sure you ask about drink sizes and prices when ordering. I saw a number of people floored at the size/cost of the drinks they got. This is the restaurant not the hotels issue and not unique on Ocean dr. If you are eating breakfast with the hotel provided mini menu, stick to it and check prices if you deviate at all)

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Steve W.
Overall my wife and I enjoyed our honeymoon stay at the Beacon. We didn't have a balcony or an ocean view room, which I would definitely recommend if you are going to stay here. There is a flat screen TV in the room, but there isn't really much else to do if it is raining.

We did use the fitness and business center at the hotel. The fitness center is very basic with an elliptical, a treadmill, and an all-in-one resistance thing, but it got the job done. The room is big enough for 1-2 people to be in, so you have to wait your turn to get a good workout in.

The business center has three computers and free printing, no complaints on that front.

There are flat screen TVs EVERYWHERE in this place. If there is a sporting event on you can watch it at the restaurant (The Place), in the bar, in the lobby, in the business center, the workout room, or in your room. They are on top of their TV game.

In the coming months they are going to open a rooftop area with great views. We managed to accidentally gain access before they locked the door and hung a sign telling people not to enter. It is setup like they are going to have cabanas and possibly a bar. The front desk told us they were just waiting on final approval from the city to open it, so it should be open sometime in July 2010 (sadly it wasn't open for the 4th of July fireworks-which were awesome).

The front desk staff were extremely helpful throughout our stay. We locked ourself out of our room quite frequently, and they were always willing to let you in (even though we were on the 4th floor they made trips up for us). They let us keep a key at the front desk when we went to the beach, the housekeeping would give your room priority if you asked for it to be cleaned in a certain window of time, and they even give you an umbrella when it is raining.

In the room you have two fold out beach chairs and complementary beach towels which is great with the beach right across the street. The only thing they need to offer are free beach umbrellas and it would have been the perfect setup.

I only gave this hotel a 4 star rating because of the restaurant on the front of it. I wasn't impressed with the complementary breakfast and you can't just sit there and enjoy the people watching because it isn't owned by the hotel. The wait staff is not quick nor friendly...I would typically not be offered a refill on my coffee at our breakfast. As a pointer, most of the restaurants attached to the front of the hotels on ocean drive are owned by the same person, so don't waste your time searching for the best one. All of the menus and prices are basically the same, the only difference is the chef.

05/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Linda B.
We've stayed here two years in a row now... This year I meant to try something new, but really couldn't find anything comparable - that had an oceanfront room IN the Art Deco district at a reasonable price.  So we stayed here again!

Unfortunately a pipe burst or something and our oceanfront room wasn't available for the first night... but they gave us a significant credit, a bottle of champagne, and upgraded us to the nicest suite for the second night.  So they did what they could do.

Other positives: valet parking (with unlimited in/out) is only $20, and there is no "resort fee."

Highly recommend Beacon Hotel - we'll be back again next year!

27/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Liz Z.
beacon hotel had several positive reviews that were 4 stars and above (along with the '4-star' hotel rating), so we decided to try this decadent art deco venue right across the street from the ocean on SoBe.  plus, a continental breakfast, beach towels and chairs-on-loan were provided in the price.

my husband and i checked-in on a late Friday night (a hopping place for party-goers in South Beach) and settled into our vacant room with a queen bed.  i say 'vacant' because the were no other furniture except the minibar/dresser combo, two nightstands and one chair.  there was a flat screen tv hanging from the wall at a strange, diagonal angle from the queen-size bed.  it's an older building, so everything echoes from the hallway and the windows are not 'soundproof' (our room was a mere 3 feet from the outside hallway of the hotel next door, so we heard all foot traffic and party-ers from downstairs and across the building).  people can be heard, coming and going from outside the windows and through the hallways at 3 or 4am.

what we did love:  the bed was extremely comfy and the sheets were unbelievably divine!  they even had terrycloth bathrobes in the closet.  the bathroom was completely renovated: it had these gorgeous teal colored tiles to contrast the white bedroom; the complimentary bath supplies were european; and the rain-flow shower head delivered consistent, strong water pressure (hey, i'm big on great showers).

my breakfast was filling:  orange juice and coffee accompanied my simple yet tasty french toast (the complimentary continental breakfast provides choices).

i'd say coming here was a great way to experience SoBe art deco nightlife and retro/ultra-modern amenities; but if you want a quiet place to sleep (with soundproof windows), this hotel may not the best choice.  then again, if that's what you are looking for, i beg the question:  why, pray-tell, are YOU in SoBe??!?

12/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
57. Reem C.
Location is key with this hotel. It's located directly on Ocean Drive and directly across the street from the beach. I opted for a single bed room. The room is fairly small. The bathroom was small as well. Aside from the size, the entire room was clean. The view from my room was of the roof of the hotel/building next door, which wasn't exactly picturesque. Then again, I wasn't in Miami to stay in my room.

The hotel is very old school, but it appears that many of the hotels on Ocean Drive try to hold on to that old school feel. I wouldn't mind staying here again the next time I'm in Miami.

08/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Jane N.
We got to stay in rooms 222 and 223 - the two rooms facing those gorgeous patios you see in the photos. We didn't ask for them, and were very lucky to get them! If you can, request for those rooms. Immediately outside your door is a seating area and good photo op. We had 4 girls staying in each room. Since the rooms are tiny, we used the outdoor patio area as our meet-up point to chat and wait. And we had a couple smokers, so they didn't need to go far.

The staff is friendly, quick, and attentive. They are overall ready and willing to make your stay seamless. Even when strolling into the lobby at god awful hours (4-6am) the staff had nothing but smiles as they greeted us.

The beds are comfortable, the place is clean. The floors are tiled.

Would DEFINITELY stay here again. We wouldn't even need to look elsewhere next time.

24/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Devon W.
Friendly staff, ideal location, comfy beds, and an iconic building!

17/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Matt B.
As good of a location as it gets. Walk across the street to the flawless beaches or stay on the street and hit up Mango's or the other happening places. Grabbed a TravelZoo deal for $300/nights and free breakfast and valet. The rooms aren't huge as I imagine very few hotels have huge rooms on South Beach. Service was impeccable and well, the women are awesome.

07/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Bianca T.
My two female cousins and I stayed at this hotel recently for six nights. We were attracted to Beacon Hotel in Miami, Florida because of the decent price, location and décor. However, what we thought was a great deal in a prime location took a turn for the worst. The second morning we were there I found a live bug, almost like a little worm, in my bed. I killed it then began getting ready for the day. When using a lint brush on my black dress, I found another and my cousin found a dead one embedded in a brand new towel. At this point we were alarmed so we brought the lint brush to the front desk and requested that Cristian Mena come to our room. We were advised that they were termites. We requested another room and moved that same day. While moving, one of my cousins ran back upset and told us that she had found a dead bug in the closet. All three of us went to the room and realized it was a cockroach (the size of those small pet mice) so we put it in a cup and put it in the toilet. Cristian came to this room and saw it for himself and was seemingly just as upset as us. Again, we requested another room. However, it was too late at this point. Due to the very limited storage in our first room (only three small drawers and a closet) we had to keep our items in our suitcases. We had all left our suitcases on the floor and did not close them so the termites from the first room had gotten into our suitcases, hence how it had gotten onto my black dress (for those that might assume we brought them). The mites also got into our shoes which we had left in the closet. At this point, I was crying and called the front desk so the night manager came upstairs and suggested that we keep our items in storage so that we can get a good night's rest. For the rest of our trip we had to go down to the storage room in the lobby, retrieve our items and walk them back up. Not only was this inconvenient but it was degrading and embarrassing. Every item of clothing we wore, we had to inspect, and every night when going to bed we checked the beds. In the end our compensation was one free night and one free mojito each (which we could have gotten two a day for free anyways). Once home, I had to pay $25 to wash all my clothes just in case I had brought any termites back with me. If all of this wasn't distressing enough, the floors were filthy and the bathroom tiles, faucets and sinks were eroded. We specifically left certain items out to see if housekeeping was actually cleaning (like lint roller sheets with termites on them) and no, they would not be thrown out. Bottom line, neither my cousins nor I would ever recommend this hotel to anyone. Though the staff was personable and the location was great, it is not worth it. You can stay at Breakwater for roughly the same price, more amenities and a larger room. I personally felt like because we didn't bully our way into a free stay and we are all very young, we were taken advantage of and didn't get the resolution we deserved. One free night is not enough for everything that we went through. Many of you might read this and ask, "Why did you stay then?" well it was carnival weekend; therefore there were no other openings. Overall, our stay here at Beacon Hotel ruined our time in Miami and I would absolutely never recommend this hotel to anyone.

01/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
62. Lisa R.
We did not stay at the hotel but we did eat here. After walking along Ocean Dr looking for a place to eat dinner with my party of 4, we decided to eat at the Beacon Hotel. Since just about every restaurant had the exact same menu.  We were greeted promptly and served drinks within minutes.  Here is where the problem starts.  My boss who was with us asked the waitress for recommendations for appetizers. We were directed to an appetizer that fed from 1-4 people.  This is how it was described to us. Never once did she say each person after 1 would be an additional charge. Another person in my party ordered one of the specials that the waitress recommended which was a seafood pasta.  Needless to say we were all sticker shocked when the bill came. The appetizer was $65!!! We didn't even touch the calamari on it because it was rubbery and gross. It came with 4 cocktail shrimp and about 6 wings and 6 cheese sticks.  This is absolutely hilarious to charge $65 for an appetizer that was mediocre at best . The best thing on it was the cocktail sauce for the shrimp.  The person who ordered the Seafood Pasta dish cost $50! It was nothing but a huge plate of spaghetti with 1 small lobster tail and a few mussels and even less shrimp. She didn't even enjoy it because she said whatever it was cooked in was flavorless.  So needless to say, dinner for 4 was $240 plus tip which was automatically added into the bill.  WASTE OF MONEY! I could've gotten better food at Macaroni Grill or Red Lobster! Very disappointed, and South Beach is completely overrated. Full of pretentious wannabe's.  My first experience will be my last.  I can go to Clearwater and enjoy it so much more for much less.

03/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
63. Jennifer C.
Only 3 stars because of strange unexplained occurrences...

I recently stayed at the Beacon for a long weekend (Thurs-Sun) and decided to break down my experience:

PROS:
LOCATION- across the street from South Beach and in the middle of everything at 7th and Ocean.
CLEAN ROOM:  although the room was smaller it was enough space for the two of us. The bathroom was clean but very, very small (we had a full tub though)
BEACH TOWELS AND CHAIRS PROVIDED
COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST: Daily we took advantage of the complimentary breakfast provided at the restaurant on the sidewalk in front of the hotel.  There were several options (omelettes, breakfast sandwich, waffles, and coffee and juice).  This is comparable to diner food but not bad.  Otherwise the restaurant has terrible food and is overpriced (also it is not affiliated with the hotel just rents the spot)

CONS:
A/C WAS TOO LOUD but seemed to work fairly well
NO PATIO OR POOL- beach across the street though
ROOM WAS MUSTY
CEILING FAN LIGHT TURNED ON BY ITSELF TWO OF THE THREE NIGHTS- not sure if I can chalk this up to the hotel being haunted or faulty wiring but it's not cool when you are rudely awakened at 3 am and then the next night at 12:15 am due to the light in your room coming on.  It never happened during the day time.  There's another yelp review and a TripAdvisor review that mentions similar phenomena (shower turning on and off on its own, TV turning on and off, and the also the fan).

05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
64. Edward T.
Synopsis:

I stayed in the Beacon Hotel in mid August 2012.  After looking though reviews for areas in the specific region I selected this hotel based on price and location.  The hotel is across the street from the beach and is centralized to all the nightclubs in South Beach.

When I first arrived in my room I was impressed by the cleanliness and presentation.  To my surprise the room was extremely clean.  The hotel room also had a modern feel which was rather comforting.

However, with the above said I have to say the concierge service was standout.  I was there for a bachelor party and I must say Luis at the front desk was extremely helpful.  Luis was able to make arrangements for my party to go to Key West for a day trip.  Luis booked our travel with a gentleman named Tony.  Tony picked us up from the Hotel and drove us to Key West.  At your request Tony can stop at any destination you like on the way.  Luis also was able to make arrangements for the night scene.  If you are ever in need of recommendations in the area ask for Luis.

Pros:

1.  Location, Location, Location.  Right across the street from the beach and in walking distance to the nightlife and local restaurants.

2. Decent complimentary breakfast.

3. Luis from the front desk provided excellent party and travel arrangements.

4. Complimentary beach towels and beach chairs.

5. 2 minute walk to the nearest liquor store.

6. Walking distance to the shopping area.

7. Free Wi-Fi

Cons:

1.  The fridge was full of alcohol for the minibar.  Prices were extremely high causing me to not consume a single ounce of the hotel's alcohol.  Due to limited space I had to remove items from the minibar to fit the beer I purchased at the corner store.

2.  If you are trying to get a good workout you may want to find a substitute gym.  The hotel gym lacked free weights and missing attachments for the weight machine.

3.  I was able to hear conversations in the hallway.  Watch out for what you say!

4.  Parking costs!

21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Lorna B.
I really liked this hotel.  The staff was very courteous, special thanks to Juliana!  Luckily, we were able to check in early.  It's in a great location with many restaurant and shopping options and it's right across the street from the beach!  It has an older yet modern feel.  We had a really clean room and I appreciated the tile floors. No carpet in the room!  They provided beach towels and chairs.  Our reservation came with breakfast in the morning. Wish we could have stayed longer.  I'll be back =)

05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Viennelyn C.
The Beacon Hotel is located in the Architectural district of Miami Beach. This hotel is only a couple of steps away from the beach and is in close proximity to numerous restaurants, shops and local attractions.

I was a bit disappointed in the size and quality of our room. Our room was extremely small with hardly any space to walk, move or do anything at all. The bathroom was the size of a shoebox, perhaps a bit smaller. Our hotel room was not equipped with a fridge which made it difficult to chill beverages or store leftovers. Loud and screeching sounds filled our room every time someone used the bathroom in the hotel room above us. This was most unpleasant in the early hours of the morning.

We paid a total of $299 for two nights, not too bad considering the amazing location of this hotel. During my next visit to Miami I would prefer to stay elsewhere.

21/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
67. Toy L.
This was my first time staying in the Art Deco district. Normally when I travel to South Beach, I stay further up on Collins to be directly on the beach.  

LOCATION: Ocean Drive takes some getting use to.  During the weekdays, things are pretty calm.  But on the weekends, and especially at night, it gets jam packed.  The beach is literally across the street, which was convenient.  Taxis were easy to pick up from in front of the hotel. Tons of restaurants to choose from just within the two blocks from the hotel.

PROS: Beach across the street. Facebook friends discount on the rooms. Free breakfast. Clean rooms and comfortable bedding. Large tv (I generally don't watch, but I caught a 24hr stomach virus). Friendly staff. Quick check in/check out.

CONS: No shelving space in the bathroom with a weird glass door. Restaurant and bar were extremely expensive. You're better off dining out and taking advantage of the drink deals elsewhere.  Lack of wall outlets. With 3 girls in one room, cellphones, and multiple hair styling tools, this became bothersome.  Small 4 person elevator. Taking those stairs after a late night of drinking was a challenge.

I enjoyed my stay and would recommend to anyone who wants to be in the heart of South Beach. Personally I think I'm getting a little too old for it.

07/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
68. John M.
Great location. Excellent service from everyone. Drinks excellent (if pricey). Complimentary breakfast excellent. They gave us a complimentary breakfast when we arrived in the morning before our room was ready (how nice is that?). And they kept our luggage and let us shower in the "gym" when we stayed after checkout on our last day. Everyone pleasant and helpful. Provide beach chairs. Walls are thin (ask for a room without a door between rooms). Price is right for the location. We will go back.

16/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Amanda C.
Excellent location in South Beach! Very friendly staff and front desk employees! Complimentary breakfast immediately out front I convenient as well. The rooms however are very small, building has older Art Deco vibe and elevator only holds a max 4 persons. For the location, convenience and price...not a bad deal or stay!

19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
70. Arika N.
Pros and cons:
1. Location: right smack of everything
2. Rooms: super small
3. Staff: very helpful, courteous and nice
4. Gym: don't waste your time. TIP: exercise on the beach walk, run or use their equipments.
5. Food: breakfast was delicious :) restaurant does have accommodations such as turkey sausage or bacon. TIP: highly recommend La ventana and top burger
6. Alcohol: be prepared to spend cash. Spent $22 at a breakfast restaurant for a mimosa.
7. Nightlife: awesome :) music playing, lights, drinks and dancing can't go wrong.
8. Beach: Disappointed! Fine small rocky sand not soft and water filled with jelly fish.
9. Beach bums: all crack heads. SMH! They smoked crack on the life guard tower, yells out their high as a kite. Just lovely.
Overall I feel miami is overrated. I would rather go out of the country.

24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
71. Alyssa P.
The Beacon Hotel gets the job done.
This was by no means the Aqaualina, but it offered a great advanced booking deal and breakfast every morning!

The rooms were clean. Small, but clean. The beds were comfy and the walls were NOT too thin. I could occasionally hear people walking outside, but nothing that prevented me from sleeping.

Wifi is included. Vallet is in and out for 20$ a day. The customer service is great. There is always someone to assist you 24 hours at the front desk.
The AC works great in the rooms, (a must for staying in Miami in August).
We stayed in room 225 on the 2nd floor. The patio area is cute, but it was way too hot to chill outside!

Did i mention the location is the bomb? The beach is directly in front of the hotel. And if you love the club, they aren't too far from here. The hotel provides beach towels, chairs, and small water bottles.

I would return here fa sho!

14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
72. Ivory W.
One word describes my 5 star review... Luis.

When we checked in Luis was at the front desk and from the moment our feet stepped into the hotel he took care of our every need. I understand the hospitality business so realize that customer service should be expected but he went OVER and beyond anything that we could have expected. He went so far as to give me his personal cell to call him if I had issues during my trip. Our final night in town we were lucky enough to run into Luis and his girlfriend while we were out having drinks. She's just as nice. He is really a good guy and he made our vacation something to remember. We love you Luis!!!!!

Oh yeah and the hotel was cool too!

03/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
73. Molsi V.
When the front desk heard that my husband and I were celebrating his birthday, they upgraded our suite to ocean front. I loved the room, service, location. It was walking distance to many local food places, beach and night life. Complimentary breakfast was good too.

19/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
74. Mi Gusta B.
Decent hotel if you want to be right on the strip and across the street from the beach. The room is small and bathroom tiny and view from our room was a roof next door so nothing outstanding. It's nice that the hotel gives you beach towels and beach chairs to use on the beach. Decent stay if you want to be in the middle of everything.

18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
75. Danny S.
4-star for the location. However, if this Art Deco hotel was located anywhere else it would probably be a 2-star. Beach chairs and towels are provided. Just your average beach chair in the closet. The bathroom was small. Since it's an old hotel it smells a bit musty. Next time I come to south beach I am going to spend the extra $100 on the lowes or somewhere nicer with a pool.

15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. Cary L.
Authentic Miami Art Deco, clean, great staff, value, and perfect location.  5 star experience.  Can't wait to come back.

02/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Janelle R.
This hotel is a gem amongst the chaos in South Beach.  If  I'm going to stay in SoBe, this is the only hotel I would stay in!!!

The staff is super friendly and very attentive.  The Beacon is close to the more popular spots in Ocean Drive by only a few blocks. The decor is modern and cute.

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
78. Jessica K.
Recently celebrated my 31st birthday for a long weekend at the Beacon...and they helped make it a wonderful birthday! My best friend was in constant contact with concierge (Reynaldo I believe) prior to our arrival. I didn't know why until we checked in and they had birthday balloons.. An entire cake (which btw was absolutely yummy!!) .. And a card they filled out for me. Now THAT'S customer service!!!

Free breakfast every morning.. I'll take that! One complaint I had was the price of anything extra. For example you had to order from a prefixe menu and if you wanted, say a coke, it was like $5 for ONE coke .. The food was good- I mean ..you can't mess up eggs, bacon and potatoes. The waffle.. Ehh.

The room was nice - a little cramped for three girls with all of our luggage and obviously our shoes and the bathroom was small. Air conditioning was amazing - always on full blast. Housekeeping was amazing. As soon as we put up the sign for service requested ... They came! Every morning while we had breakfast, they cleaned our room. After the first day they realized we needed more towels and left us plenty daily. They answered all requests in a timely fashion (a second ice bucket, extra toilet paper, a new hair blow dryer)

Kind of random.. But the windows actually open! Sometimes the AC got to be too much and we wanted some fresh air so we opened up the windows! To me, that's a rarity in hotels!

Free wifi- awesome!

Super comfy bed

Stayed in room 407

Perfect location- yes you have to pay for valet (I believe it is 20$) but I don't know why anyone would need a rental car when staying here! Across the street from the beach. Three blocks from a Walgreens.

Towels and chairs for the beach - although I preferred renting the lounge chairs at the beach (speaking of- don't fall for the "luxury" chairs- get the $10 standard chair)

The Hostesses at their outside restaurant are too pushy for my liking but apparently that's how ALL south beach restaurants are.

Front desk staff = amazing. We flew home on a red eye and they gave us our 4 am wake up call and made sure a taxi was waiting for us at 430.

Thursday - Monday ... With flight out of JFK- July- $500 pp. great price. Great service. Great location. Will return!

04/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
79. Jennelle B.
Nice little hotel on the oceanfront ,rooms are small but the front desk service was great everyone make it very welcoming Derek, Gus,Javier,Victor, and Juan Carlos thank very much ..

15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
80. J. S.
Great location, right in the middle of everything South Beach. My friends and I were down here to celebrate (again) for a good friend's bachelor party. The service is spot on and very friendly, they're used to dealing with throngs of tourists looking to act a fool with their few days of PTO. The hotel itself was clean and nice looking on the exterior, however the rooms were a bit small and not very clean. There was sand on the floor when we first checked in, and then sand on half the floor after the room was "freshened up." Not a super big deal, just giving my honest experience. All in all, I give it 4.5 stars, and I'd stay here again if I ever decided to venture into the bowels of South Beach again.

10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Haneen A.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone going to South Beach. It's located directly across the beach, it's a smaller hotel next to other "small-sized" hotels do it's just busy enough and not  overwhelming. Beach access is right across the hotel and since that side of the strip was full of smaller hotels,  the beach want as crowded as other side with larger hotels.

The staff was very friendly. We realized our fridge want working the first night. They came to check on it and saw that it wasn't working,  we went back into our room the next morning after the free breakfast and found a whole other fridge brought up.

Valet was $20/night which was cheaper than other hotels in the area.

The isn't a pool but we didn't miss it since beach access was so convenient.  

Also a great thing included are Beach chairs in every room! ! They're $12/each to rent on the beach. I thought that was pretty thoughtful and considerate.

I wouldn't stay at a different hotel next time knowing how perfect this one was.

20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
82. Vid J.
We only left our luggage there, coming from a cruise, because we wanted to visit the famous South Beach, yet we received a very positive feeling about the hotel. The staff was very friendly and willing to help. They stored 1 suitcase and 2 backpacks for only $10, but that wasn't all - they even gave us a pair of beach towels, a coupon for a complimentary mojito and called us a cab to get to the airport. We decided to have lunch at their restaurant and as we were cutting it close, one of the staff even took all our luggage and packed it into the cab! They really made our day.

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Andre W.
Well I will say we used this place exactly for what it was for; laying our heads, washing our ass and getting dressed. The rates were overpriced for 4 nights. I stayed @ Hotel Shelley last year and paid $400 less for more nights (5 there vs 4 here), a bigger room and a better, rocking lobby; but of course this is right on ocean drive (steps away from the beach) so the prices get higher. One person in the bathroom is too many as it was very small. No ventilation whatsoever and the window couldn't even open. The elevator is tiny as fuck as 3 people being inside is pretty much capacity. It was funny when a girl barged in there with me and my two buddies...we were all literally sniffing each other's air.

To their credit, free breakfast is included when you stay here. As all of the other hotels, they provide free beach towels as well as beach chairs. The staff is pretty nice except for the redhead server that stands outside scowling and is not very friendly.

I am pretty sure I would not stay here again; but as i mentioned earlier, it served its purpose.

04/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
84. Krystle B.
The Beacon Hotel was amazing!!! The location was perfect, the rooms were great, and the complimentary breakfast was not your ordinary bagels and coffee. It's the perfect place to stay and enjoy Miami. I loved the fact that the computers and printing were both free of charge, so you can print out your boarding passes and reserve shuttle bus service at the same time. The staff was very welcoming and accommodating from the moment we stepped in. The only downfall was that you have to advise housekeeping to come clean up by leaving a sign on the door. I wasn't aware, I assumed they came automatically. When we called down about the housekeeping they came within 5 minutes and started working on our room. Thank You so much Beacon Hotel!!

09/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. jeffrey o.
It was cool to stay where (almost) a scene in scarface was filmed.  Location is 5 stars.  I understand that its an art deco hotel but I give four stars due to fact that there is no pool.  Overall, I would stay again based on nostalgia and location alone!

18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Mark J.
My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights and found the hotel to be very nice.  The rooms are clean, the staff was friendly, the bed was comforatble and even the free breakfast was good.  If you want to stay in the heart of South Beach, this is a great location.  They do not have a pool but they do give you beach chairs/towels and the beach is just across the street.  The hotel is in a great location to people watch.  We did not have an ocean view room but I was fine with that since it was much quieter on the back side of the hotel.

19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
87. Denise D.
If I didn't use a Groupon deal I doubt I would have stayed. I've had better rooms at Hyatt Place for way less. But let me first highlight what I liked and didn't like.

POSITIVES
It's across the street from the beach.
The staff was pleasant.
The lobby is cute.
The rooms are clean.
You get a free bottle of water when you checkin.
Valet is $20 for 24 hour hours, which seemed reasonable.

NEGATIVES
The rooms are tiny. I had a King that had two beds? What! Why would you have a king sized bed and a full sized bed in one room; such a waste of space. The bathroom was super small and the tub took a while to drain (a super pet peeve of mine). I coudln't bother to complain I was tired and hungry.
The light in the ceiling fan was wonky (Although maintenance did attempt to fix it)
Complimentary breakfast was disgusting. Seriously check my photo. Besides the eggs, which were bland, nothing else tasted freshly prepared. The OJ was gross and watered down I guess to make it stretch...
The "business center" was a joke; my fiancé had problems with one of the computers.

We were looking for a place to rest our head during a short stay. If I were here for longer than two days I would definitely stay north of 15th street. Ocean Drive is way too crowded for my liking. But if you want to be in the heart of tourist hell, this place is for you.

04/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
88. Lynne G.
The hotel was nice the rooms were small and the guest in the room next to us were load (not the girls fault). My only problem was the rudeness of the front desk my husband is Hispanic I am not. They spoke only in Spanish and in doing so ignored me completely. Also the roof too desk was being renovated something that should have been disclosed when we made the reservation.  Also the free breakfast was nice until the waitress indicated that we should leave her a tip in a begging style

26/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
89. TJ F.
Beautiful building. Beautiful room. Beautiful location. Very happy. Waiting for you car for a half an hour is a bummer but small price to pay.

09/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Liz B.
Great location and friendly service but our room was way to small for a family of 3. The bathroom was puny with a frosted door - bad choice! No teenage daughter wants that! Ack the buffet breakfast was nice and plentiful but they don't serve until 9am. Ocean Drive is very busy and touristy and noisy so ask for a room not facing the street. Bike rental stations was very cool and useful. Beaches beautiful but oh so so many jelly fish in the water and washed up on shore.

26/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
91. Aaditya S.
Great location, affordable hotel price, the restaurant is little over priced but I'm writing a review for the hotel so everything about the hotel is good! They changed my room immediately when I said I was not fully satisfied with the room. The Internet works great, the rooms are great, they clean it really good. Stayed for three nights no complains, the breakfast is same each day. But atleast they have something's fresh unlike other hotels, in name of free breakfast they give is frozen and packet bagels. This hotel gives fresh fruits, yogurt, fresh bagel/bread, muffins etc. Best thing about the hotel is location, you can walk to south beach taking the free beach towel and chairs the place has to offer

07/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
92. Bonn E.
Location location location. Right in the heart of beautiful Art Deco district on Ocean Drive. You only have to step outside the hotel to find the beach. Plenty of restaurants, shopping, sightseeing and nightlife around.

Hotel is antiquated inside but serves its purpose. No pool or gym but you do have the nice scenery to jog along and then come back in time for complimentary breakfast which is nice. It's cute and boutique-ey.

Plus they provide you with beach towels and chairs which is awesome.

03/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
93. Steve M.
This is a classy, classic, beautiful hotel in the middle of the intense beauty of South Beach.  The deco interior is authentic and beautifully maintained, the rooms are beautiful, like slipping into some 1930s dream-world..the staff is professional in the old sense of the word; people trained in classical service anticipating your mood, your needs, your desires.  Just a great place....My wife and I had a fantastic experience at the Beacon...go, you won't be disappointed....

23/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
94. Vicki L.
The room was ok.  The building itself is quite old. They've fixed the room, but it's like putting a sticker over a hole in the wall.  The bed sheets seem sticky (maybe too much fabric softener?).  There's a strong smell of bleach in the hallways.  
Despite all the complaints above, I would stay here again.  The staff is super accommodating and helpful.  The hotel was in a great location.  I appreciated the free breakfast and wifi.

18/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
95. Monique A.
I'm giving this a rating of 3 which in my eyes is not negative. I wish I could give half stars to make it 3 1/2. I will start off by saying if I'm in the area for a night or two I would stay here again because of the location to the beach, shops and nightlife. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The rooms are clean, free waters provided at front desk, a real breakfast is included with stay (not continental), and they provide beach towels/chairs. I understand this is a boutique hotel but the room and bathroom were a bit small for my taste. There's no ventilation in the bathroom and the outlets in room weren't working properly so it was tricky charging cell phones and other electronic devices. Make sure you get a room near the back to avoid street noise. All in all a decent stay.

03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
96. Moh R.
I've been here twice and I must say, it's literally one of the best hotels on Ocean drive. The rooms are amazingly clean, and in the summer the air conditioner gets the room nice and cold. I had no issues, the staff is literally all about making you happy. My lat visit which was in July 2014, I stayed here during the 4th of July. I enjoyed free breakfast as well as the beach towels and chairs. The other cool thing is the robes they have for use while staying. The fully stocked mini bar was awesome too when I didn't feel like leaving the room to head to the store. The beds are literally so comfortable that it was hard for me to get up every morning.

The night before checkout, I requested that the front desk please give me a wake up call, I also asked for them to call me an airport shuttle. They did everything asked with no problems.

I would come here again based on the fact that on both times I visited, it was a great experience.I wish I remembered the names of all of the helpful staff and managers, so I could list their names, because they truly make it all worth while. There's other areas I would also like to stay just for the simple fact that it's not always necessary to be right in the heart of ocean drive, but if you like the busy atmosphere then it's ideal all around.

I only gave it 4 stars because I definitely wish that the rooms were just a tad bit bigger and not so expensive.

Other than that, I'm happy :)

Love the Beacon.

10/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. J S.
Me and my fiancé enjoyed our stay at the Beacon. The hotel was located right near all the action and it was close to local restaurants. The room was clean and was average size (for a South Beach Hotel). The hotel staff was friendly and the complimentary breakfast was a plus. I would definitely stay again. My only complaint was that is was a bit nosey in the mornings due to (what I am guessing) nearby construction work.

30/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
98. Diana C.
I stayed here with some girlfriends during the last week in April. Decor was very nice, rooms were clean and staff was very warm and friendly. Anytime we called the front desk for anything, they were more than accommodating. They also give a complimentary breakfast that I didn't get to try but my girlfriends thought it was nice. The only con I have are that the rooms were a bit tight. I was going to give 4 stars but thought the staff earned the extra star. Great location, clean rooms, good drinks, good food and wonderful staff!

15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
99. Bruce M.
We booked our pre cruise room at the Beacon 3 months in advance, paid in FULL and confirmed our reservation 1 week out.  We were called 45 minutes before check in to be told there was a glitch and there was no room available.  So there we were standing on SoBe during spring break with no room.  Luckily found a room up the street.  Avoid this hotel.  Terrible business people.  They do not honor their reservations.  I have been treated better at a Motel 6.

*Update and response:  The "equal or similar" hotel suggested was closing in 5 days and had no staff, restaurant or amenities.   It was only a few bucks less than the Beacon.  The complimentary night certificate you sent was for $200, our reservation was $280.  $80 for a complimentary stay?  No thanks.  Your call to me to cancel was at 1pm day of check in.  Hardly 4-5 hours notice.  Maybe this isnt normal practice but we were treated very poorly.

08/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
100. Kelsey S.
We decided to stay at The Beacon once again for Miami Music week, and unfortunately were disappointed this time around. A few things have been downgraded. The free hot breakfast is now a buffet and not made to order. I thought it was good but my roommate was turned off by the fake eggs. The room we had this year only had one outlet in the whole room, so we had to go to Walgreens and buy an extension cable in order to charge all of our phones and such.

But here's the dealbreaker: I really did not appreciate being blindsided by a hold for almost $2,000 that they placed on my card with no warning whatsoever. We have no recollection of them doing this last year. When I booked the room, I read through the terms and conditions like any prudent buyer. It said that they'd charge the first night at the time of booking, and that's it. No mention of holding the entire amount on the card used. Had they told me, I simply would have used a different card so that my credit card company wouldn't have frozen it for potential fraud. My card was unusable for the whole week, and they would not remove the holds to even put them on another card. I had to go online and turn off my automatic billing for several things so that it wouldn't max out my card. It was quite frustrating that the staff insisted that they informed me of this policy even though I had the printout of the terms and conditions in my hand and they said nothing of the sort. I raised quite a stink, and they didn't offer so much as a free drink. If they made some effort to right the wrong, I'd be less peeved.

There was also a little difficulty at check-in because the aforementioned hold was originally supposed to be over $3,000 - hundreds more than I booked the room for. Fortunately, they were able to correct the rate. However, I had called in advance to ask if my friend could check in if I gave her my credit card and put her name on the room (she was arriving a day before me). They had said that this was fine, but gave her a hard time for not following procedure when she checked in. The staff clearly needs to communicate better with each other.

Unfortunately, this will be the last time we stay at The Beacon.

02/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
101. Kerri U.
We had such a wonderful stay at the Beacon hotel. It is right in the middle of the Art Deco district in South Beach with lots to do within the blocks surrounding it. Not to mention, it is right across the street from the beach!

The hotel staff is so accommodating and will bend over backwards to make sure you have a great stay. The rooms are a good size and the beds are very comfortable! It made getting up every morning rather difficult. I love that they have a mini bar and snacks available to you in the room.

One really great thing I didn't expect, was that they provide beach chairs and towels during your stay. They also have a complimentary breakfast every morning which is great! Our stay at the Beacon was absolutely lovely and I will definitely come back the next time in in South Beach.

10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0