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Rating: 4.21

Address: 7301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33138
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1. Julie T.
Fantastic new option for a blissful Miami stay, in one of the coolest neighborhoods around. The restoration of The Vagabond has exceeded every expectation. High design, boutique hotel excellence, attention to every detail, fantastic aesthetics throughout, including the amazing restaurant. The rooms are so spotless you can eat off the floor, but I recommend the restaurant instead! Common areas, pool, bars, gym, lobby and lounge areas are all perfection. My flight back to New York thankfully got cancelled which allowed an extended stay, even more blissful. This is an oasis beyond the Arts District and South Beach, so close yet a world away. The entire staff was phenomenal and went so far out of their way at every turn. The Vagabond is now Miami's hottest hotel, deservedly so.

24/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Stephanie M.
Love the vibe here. Miami meets Palm Springs. Staff was friendly, drinks were good, music set that retro vibe and they have a great happy hour. Can't wait to go back

28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Annalisa D.
PERFECTION!!

This past Sunday evening, myself and a bunch of my Biscayne Corridor neighbors did a Restaurant Crawl and sampled delicious fare from participating restaurants on Biscayne Boulevard.  The final destination on our crawl was The Vagabond Hotel and it was a fabulous end to a glorious evening.  The bartenders were already making the hotel's signature drink, the Vagabond Collins for us when we arrived.  To make the evening extra special a delicious and refreshing gazpacho  (which will be on the menu of their soon to open Vagabond Restaurant) was specially prepared for us to sample.  The gorgeous, exuberant Billie Myers, Guest Services Director at The Vagabond greeted us and chatted with everyone the entire night.  Also on hand to welcome us was Alvaro Perez, The Vagabond's charming Restaurant Operator.  The Vagabond Hotel staff are AMAZING!  These people are serious about service!  Warm, welcoming, friendly and helpful - and this applies to everyone  -  Security, Front Desk, Bartenders and Directors.  Good manners are always in style, and they know it!  Really, the staff here is exceptional!

This stunning '50s era hotel can be found in the heart of Miami's thriving, historic MiMo District on Biscayne Boulevard and 73rd street.  It has been meticulously restored yet updated to reflect a modern and witty style.  And, it has special little gems everywhere - the mermaid in the pool, the sea nymphs at the corner, works by artist in residence, Edwige Belmore, even its iconic space-age sign!   The Vagabond is surely a find for both locals and tourists.  For locals it is the perfect spot  to relax and enjoy a  yummy cocktail at a beautiful and fun poolside bar.  The Vagabond also hosts regular social events  on  Friday nights and all are welcome - a chance to kick back and mingle with your neighbors!  The Vagabond Restaurant opens soon and if the gazpacho which I sampled on Sunday night is anything to go by, the food will be fantastic!  

For tourists, a stay at The Vagabond gives you the chance to experience the REAL Miami!  Savor this authentic, established neighborhood by the bay where people live, work, eat and socialize - no glitz but plenty of urban style.  Cafes, small and mid-size restaurants, charming boutiques and markets are nestled around this lovely hotel.  You'll be a quick cab ride (or bike ride) to Miami Design District, Wynwood, Adrienne Arsht Center, Perez Art Museum and the Gusman Center.  With the many events hosted  in downtown Miami, save yourself the hassle of staying on the beach and enduring causeway traffic.  Instead zip quickly up the Boulevard to The Vagabond Hotel where its stellar staff and lovely rooms and ambiance await you!  

Thank you Vagabond Hotel for making our inaugural Restaurant Crawl so special and really, for being so nice to us!  You outdid yourselves and we can't wait to come back!!

11/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Lisa H.
My husband and I stayed and The Vagabond For our 1 year Anniversary. This place was exactly our style. The rooms are beautiful, artistic and pleasantly unique. We loved all the little 90's style touches like neon pencils and notepads with cute erasers and other fun touches. The best part about this place was the service. Brett was wonderful! He gave is great dinner recommendations and other things to do in the area. He checked on us to make sure we had everything we needed. He really made our anniversary special. We felt pampered. He was there to cater to our every whim. I can't say enough good things about him and the rest of the staff. He really made our vacation. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a unique and relaxing experience with exceptional service. Thanks Brett!

10/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Steven B.
This hotel has done it right. The history of this beautiful mid-century property has been well preserved while it has been updated with a big jolt of comfort and charm.

First, the staff is so attentive and friendly, you really feel like you want to hang out with them. They create what continues throughout the whole experience.--that this is a non-pretentious, comfortable, beautifully designed urban oasis. The rooms are curated with custom made mid-century furniture that is whimsical, yet comfortable. The beds are superb, big enough to sprawl out or cuddle up.  Cool sheets with (finally) big supportive pillows. Big showers and great lighting in the bathroom.

The pool is huge and deep, with smart water features that are really fun and great big beds or a chaise lounge to lay in and unique chairs to sit. It's a great escape.

The neighborhood has great restaurants very close. Italian, Vegan, GastroPub all within walking distance. The design district is right down the street with Dior, Prada, etc where you can go entirely broke should the mood strike you.

This place I can recommend without hesitation.

18/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Melissa G.
Grand opening today! I got a tour yesterday and absolutely love what they have done to the place. Really fun spot. Truly unique place to stay. Even perfect for Miami locals to have a staycation. Only 40something rooms. Guest most be 12 and up. Large pool bar. Speak easy underground spot in the making. Restaurant not open yet but I'm eager to try it when it opens!

18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Inocencia B.
Staying at v is a little bit like time travel, with old-world elegance and opulence throughout the property. There are some aspects of the hotel that make it seem more worn than historic, but overall a very nice and classy place. We would stay there again. Be sure to wander into and through the dining area  sit at the bar and listen to the harp being played. The bar downstairs is also an experience  it has been there since the 20s I believe, and you do get the feeling that you're in a speakeasy. Pretty cool.

13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Mark L.
Overpriced, overindulged wait staff, and the only decent service received was when they could flip the table, but until then, we were afloat in uber trendy without a paddle... PASS

21/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
9. Jill J.
the vagabond is a retro dream come true with every amenity you want in the 21st century!

this place is so full of charm!! arrived after 8pm on saturday and Nadja at reception welcomed us by name, walked us to our room, and then walked us to the bar to introduce us to the bartender! talk about excellent service.

now about the property...

the recent renovation is EPIC. they restored this place from top to bottom, terrazo floors to mermaid pool tiles. it looks so great, and functions so well. once you step inside you do not feel like you are roadside, at all. the pool/bar area is a totally dreamy oasis that you never want to leave. the landscaping is incredible and the outdoor furniture is super comfy. the rooms are well appointed with super comfy beds.

i can not say enough good things about this place. coming here is a true boutique-ish experience. and it is a great location that is convenient to the design district and mid-town. and with a price tag much lower than a lot of spots in miami.

GO.

29/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Sööjin P.
Love love love.

I am so glad the Vagabond was open and in the area I was staying.

All of the staff are extremely kind, helpful and their hospitality was refreshing. I have no complaints about the hotel and will definitely be staying here again when I come back.

The rooms are all newly renovated and have a welcoming and fun interior.

I cannot wait for the restaurant to open as that was the only thing missing here.

07/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Carolina C.
Here for Family and Friends night doing menu tasting for the soon to be open Vagabond hotel restaurant.  First off, the look and feel of this place is very modern vintage which I am a fan of. The staff are very attentive and very nice. Nothing but smiles and good attitudes. Now to the food. The dishes are to die for! I came in and let the server have full control of what was bought to the table and I was far from disappointed!  I live in the Redlands so this was a 45 minute drive for me but was totally worth it. I will definitely come out here again once the place fully opens to the public. I see this place making a dent in the biscayne restaurant business. Well done Chief Alex and staff!

03/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Kimberly D.
Last minute trip to Miami for a wedding. All the hotels in the area were booked solid. Vagabond was amazing about squeezing me in and still giving me a good rate (they could've easily inflated the price). The entire staff was amazing! The room and property was stunning to look at. The rooms are a great size, and very chic! We loved our stay and would definitely come back.

15/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Michael A.
Would you host a party for a group that openly discriminates gay men over 40? Just who do they think they are ? Instinct magazine, thats who ,YUP just another rag recently hosted a party called WET and everyone under 40 is free but If your 41 well pay up $50 because your to old . If your reading this and still dont see the point wait until your 41+. On the basis on this alone .I can not consider visiting this place any more than an unwelcome Homophobic Culture.

24/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
14. Katy P.
"She is The Vagabond Hotel. And she's waiting for you. Vibrant. Creative. Fun. A newly renovated cosmopolitan mix of all things hassle-free, she's an urban goddess who lives by her own rules. So from the minute you step into her vibey retro-luxe lobby to the moment you reluctantly say your goodbyes, be prepared for a whirlwind love affair." You can now enjoy delicious cocktails like their Vagabond Collins, which has vodka, lemon and lime juices and simple syrup with Angostura bitters.

29/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Octavia Y.
Ummmm.... Milk whiskey.  You're welcome, bye :-).  The skirt steak was phenom but the cauliflower was amazing!!!  The food is just bites though, and very fancy in delivery.  I like the atmosphere, very chill and trendy.  Great spot to stop into while on the go.

04/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Cork F.
Ok, so this was round number two. First try was one week into opening, so we'll give them a break.

Made reservations for three on Friday evening. Arrived and valet the car (no choice). Restaurant was comfortably  crowded, not full. We were seated right away.

Food: We ordered, and 25 minutes later one of our three meals came to the table. Five minutes later I flagged down our waiter, expressed to him that we all planned to eat together and there was only one meal on our table. He was able to get our other entrees to our table shortly after, but not until my friends was cold. I ordered the octopus. Price around $18. and they served me a plate with one single tentacle the size of your finger.  Was it good? Yes. But one single tiny tentical? That insults me and the octopus. The other entrees were decent but not exceptional according to my guests.

Service: Still very much a work in progress, although my guess is it starts at the top and it won't get any better until they farm out the management to someone who gets it. Truly the only time we got any sincere attention was when they wanted us to leave so they could give our table to someone else.

Synopsis: I live in the area, there is so much potential for this amazingly renovated gem in the hottest neighborhood in Miami. Very disappointing execution both visits, which exhibited the same poor management. I probably will go there for a drink poolside, but with so many great new places to eat on the same strip, I probably won't be dining there again. Oh, and they charge you $7. to valet your car for the pleasure.

24/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
17. Allie L.
I loved this hotel so much!!! Being from Miami moving and coming back for a visit made me miss it even more! The service was superb, Lauren at the front desk was such a doll and so were her colleagues. Everyone at the pool was amazing , the beer on tap (the Floridian ) was my go to beer and it was so cheap!! Now the rooms were beyond cool and very retro, spacious and clean they even give you a hard key so don't lose it if not its $100 bucks hehe. Now the one thing that is still working out the knots is the brunch on Sunday's wow I don't wanna say anything bad because Danielle and our server were very nice but just know they have a lot to work on . Besides that I will be back and hopefully move back to the city and especially that part of Miami where there is so much character, art, charisma and potential . Well done Vagabond :)

24/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Marcos R.
The Vagabond is a newly renovated MiMo Hotel/Motel that has reopened it's doors recently.

It's gotten a much deserved and long awaited facelift.  You can tell they put a lot of love into re-opening this place.

It's probably been dormant for 20+years.  Someone tried to reopen it about 4 years back, but they didn't have enough capital and imagination to pull it together.

Now the pool is open, the rooms are renovate for guests, they have a great little outdoor bar beside the pool and they are often playing mellow dj beats out there.

The poolside bar is open to all.  You don't have to be a guest there.
Soon they'll have a trendy fusion restaurant to check out as well.

25/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Oodia B.
Brian Z. Guertin invited us to meet supermodel Patricia Velásquez who was hosting an event for her new book, Walking Straight. To my surprise, my friend from Australia, and her friends were there to greet me. I met the manager of the property. He took me inside the to show me the rooms. This location was completely restored down to the mermaid in the pool. It was an amazing vibe. I have not been anywhere else in miami that has this feeling of being in a historic hotspot. The Owner of the property was also someone who came over and shared some stories with me. It is said that the original rat pack used to stay there, and you would see Frank Sinatra, and Sammie Davis Junior would have been splashing around in the pool. I was invited to come back to try their resturant, so maybe I will have time before i depart. Namaste.

23/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. John M.
Wow, wow, wow! I stayed here 4 nights with my gf on a business trip, but what little time I did have on the property was all pleasure. This place exceeded my expectations of cool! We stayed in room 205 which overlooks the pool and the sunset. My only negative comment would be that to get your stuff up to your room you have to park your car around the outside perimeter of the building, or out front and walk it up the stairs. Not a biggie, especially for what you get. As an architectural photographer by profession, this place checked all my visual boxes. The design was perfect. I wish I could've spent more time just chillin' there! And if you're looking for healthy food, I was addicted to Mi Vida Cafe across the street.

18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. James M.
Restaurant very nice and great service.
This place discrimination by age . charges extra at event if your over 40.

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
22. Adriana S.
Great addition of options in the Little Haiti area. Newly renovated motel with a nice and relaxing pool area with a bar to enjoy a few drinks. You need to check their Facebook page to find out when they have live music, which they do very often. Sometimes a DJ, sometimes a live band. They have full bar, but I had a beer to chill out and talk. Perfect spot for a friendly get together or an unpretentious date. Service is simple and welcoming.

They just open their restaurant, but this one I will need to review at a later date since I only saw it! But it looks inviting and it will definitely have me coming back for more.

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Gina H.
Ok...here's the funnest thing about my visit today to one of the places I've always wanted to visit since day one arriving to Miami 20 years ago....I met the owner (the current owner).  And it was a funny meeting.

I've been living in Miami since November 2007, and driving down the Biscayne Corridor those days past the Vagabond you would put the pedal to the metal to get out of the 'hood' as fast as you could...unless you were waiting in line for the immigration building, in which case you stood in line around the block.  It was a seedy  , rough, sad pathetic neighborhood.  It was.  There is no denying that. But always vibrant, as are so many of our underdeveloped beautiful neighborhoods.

Spring forward almost a  decade and the neighborhood around 79th street has absolutely take a complete 360 degree turn around.

So, I finally walk into the Vagabond Motel after watching it going from a crack motel to a derelict building to a flea market and back to a derelict building and now to  WOW...what a dream and a vision and some $$ can do.  

So getting back to the funny meeting with the owner...I was at the bar with my friend ordering a drink and he came up and said to the bartender "on a scale of one to five on Yelp how would you rate tonight".....I'm not going to divulge what his bartender rated it, but after that  the owner turned to me and asked me how I was enjoying my evening, were we having a good time and was there anything we needed.  This was before we checked in.  This guy was genuinely passionate about his place and I totally wish him well.

20/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Amy C.
I have been in love with this area of Miami since I first encountered it 5 years ago and have been watching this property.  The amazing sea nymph sculpture and old mid-century signs got my attention.  Was thrilled when I visited last year and saw that someone had saved it from the wrecking ball.  My boyfriend and I wanted to stay a night in MiMo during our Miami trip, so we chose the Vagabond based on this and the fact that the renovation photos looked amazing and the reviews were really positive.

This place was perfect and perfect for us.  First, the communications from the hotel were really kind and thorough and welcoming.  The marketing and branding is also good-they have kept the vintage feel/best architecture but added modern amenities.  Parking is on site (and free). Check in was easy and it was love at first sight!!  The rooms were mid-century inspired (great custom made furniture and modern versions of mid-century iconic furniture) with modern amenities (e.g. phenomenal shower) that made our stay feel swanky without feeling pretentious.  The bed was giant and so comfortable.  We were on the 2nd floor with a view of the pool.

The pool.  Sigh.  This and many other details reinforce again and again that the developers and owners care so much about the property and its history.  The pool is within the hotel's courtyard, not seen from the road.  Feels so secluded and safe.  When you enter this area, you are truly walking into the best of the 1950s/60s.  Tropical landscaping, cozy summer furniture, a great-looking bar, and my God, the pool.  It starts at a 3 ft depth and goes deep for the true swimmers.  See the fantastic mosaics of the mermaid and dolphins?  That was reconstructed based on the original design that had been cover with earth and concrete for years.  Can you imagine what it took to save that?  The water was perfect and we kept finding wonderful little details - tiny shells in the concrete enveloping the pool, little water sprays to play with, the poolside towels fitting right in the with 50s design.

The bartenders were really talented and welcoming/nice, and the cocktails were decently priced for such a special environment ($9-12).  We swam and sunned for a few hours.  We kept saying to each other "we've stepped back in time, into the best version of a mid-century motel-but better."  Pinch me.  A jazz band played in the evening hours-what a great environment.  Again, special without being snobby.  It was nice hearing the music softly in our room as we got ready for bed (the music ended around 10?).  

We had to leave early this morning and it pained us to leave.  However, we are so excited about what this shows Miami and other cities-it can be done and middle class people can afford the resulting experience.  We cannot wait to come back next year and you can bet our whole week stay will be at the Vagabond.

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0