Miami Beach’s Sagamore Hotel

Jan 31, 2015
2015 / January 2015

Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at Sagamore Hotel at around 11 p.m. After a day of work, a flight to Miami, the rental car process and a drive from the airport, I was thrilled to experience a seamless and quick check-in process. Upon my arrival, staff greeted me outside the property and directed me to the front desk. As I entered the lobby, I immediately felt more relaxed in the quiet and calm atmosphere. The friendly receptionist checked me in within three minutes. A hotel employee carried my luggage and escorted me to my room. Before leaving, he provided a thorough tour of the room, which I appreciated.

Guest Quarters: My oceanfront suite was ideal, being one of the most spacious rooms I have ever stayed in. My first reaction was to open the curtains and take in the view. The balcony overlooked the ocean and beach, which sat right behind the gorgeous pool area, a wonderful place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee. The bedroom was separate from the living room area, which included a full-sized sofa bed, a plasma TV, a kitchenette area and a large desk with easy-to-access plugs and working space. Two white glass doors opened to the bedroom, which featured a luxurious and comfortable king-sized bed, two end tables and an additional plasma TV. The room had a crisp, clean feeling, primarily decorated in white and neutral colors. On the opposite side of the bedroom was the entrance to the bathroom. I appreciated the spacious bathtub, which featured whirlpool jets and a shower.

Services/Amenities: The property’s spa, situated on an upper floor, offers an amazing view of the ocean. The spa includes outdoor and indoor space to accommodate the high-heat season in Miami. The gym is located right outside the back of the hotel near the pool area. Although small, it is well-equipped. For those who prefer to exercise outside, like me, there is easy access through the pool gate to a path running along the beach — ideal for an early-morning run or walk. I enjoyed breakfast from the in-room dining menu as well as in the Gallery Dining Room restaurant.

The Experience: I had a wonderful stay at the Sagamore. Also known as The Art Hotel, the property displays art throughout, which I appreciated. The white walls are lined with beautiful paintings and some of the greatest photographs I’ve ever seen. In addition, you’ll find sculptures as well as artistic videos projected on the walls. There’s even a standard gray staircase transformed with each step beautifully painted by a different student from the New World School of Arts. It’s not surprising the property is family-owned, as it exudes a different atmosphere from your standard hotel and has a lot of character. I had no complaints during my stay at the Sagamore, and I hope to return again.

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Sagamore Hotel

1671 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
tel 305 535 8088
sagamorehotel.com

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