FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

The National Hotel Miami Beach

Sep 1, 2013
2013 / September 2013

Arrival/Check-In: I arrived late in the evening at the National Hotel in Miami. I was warned the property was going through the final phases of a major refresh, but no evidence of this was obvious at first glance. The large lobby featured rich hardwood floors, plush seating and vintage-style fixtures, which complement the hotel’s almost 75 years of history. There was no line for checkin, so I had my key and was on my way to my room within minutes.

Guest Quarters: I noticed the beautiful hardwood floors continued throughout the hotel as I was shown to my room on the 10th floor. The room was smaller than others I’ve experienced in the South Beach area but was new top to bottom, including carpets, furniture and bedding. Nice details for business travelers included convenient outlets, blackout shades and free WiFi for all devices. I used the shades only for sleep as I didn’t want to miss the view of the long infinity pool and the beautiful beach.

In the bathroom, a line of National-branded bath products was available for hotel guests, along with plush bath towels. Though there was no bathtub, the shower featured both a rain shower and removable showerhead. The soft robes provided were perfect for unwinding after a long day.

Services/Amenities: A buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant at the National Hotel every morning. Both days of my stay the staff was quick to seat me outside with the best view available. The fitness room is located on the bottom floor and is open 24 hours a day. It is rather small, but the equipment is new. With the South Beach running path right outside, I would imagine most opt for an outdoor workout instead.

The very large infinity pool looks just divine, and though I did not go for a swim, I enjoyed the view both from my room and my breakfast table. I did not get to take advantage of the on-site spa treatments or to visit the Aqua Bar & Grill or the Blues Bar, though I heard good things about both.

The Experience: The National Hotel is ideally located on South Beach in Miami. Its efforts to modernize while preserving its heritage will inevitably make this hotel a “must-stay” in the area.

GT Checklist

  • Doorman/valet
  • Less than 10 minutes for check-in
  • Separate tub and shower
  • Large vanity
  • High-quality towels
  • Powerful, unattached hair dryer
  • High-quality bed linens
  • Large, flat-screen television
  • Large desk with convenient outlets
  • Large, complimentary laptop safe
  • Complimentary in-room WiFi
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Stocked minibar
  • Ample lighting
  • In-room coffeemaker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • State-of-the-art fitness center

The National Hotel Miami Beach

1677 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
tel 305-532-2311
nationalhotel.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Jul 2, 2020

Best Western Opens New Boutique Hotel Concept

Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.

Earn and Redeem with oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.

Embark on a Fall Foliage Road Trip Through New York, Vermont and More

THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN in America offers a time to savor the last precious moments of summer against the countryside’s mosaic of reds, yellows, oranges and purples. Before long, the chill of winter will enter the air and the trees will grow barren. This is not news to most of us. Indeed, leaf peeping has become ubiquitous. Most states have 24-hour toll-free hotlines to keep you informed of nature’s progress ... and then there’s the traffic. It seems the entire population of New York City and Boston climbs behind the wheels of cars on congested New England roadways. Thus we’ve tried to avoid the mainstream routes so you can truly appreciate the kaleidoscopic splendor. After all, a fall foliage road trip provides more than a mere drive. It also incorporates picking apples, tasting cider and hot doughnuts and leaving your vehicle behind to take a much-needed scenic walk to a lonely waterfall, where autumn’s colors reflect off the water.

eFlyer Reviews
Jul 1, 2020

The Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market Review

My husband and I enjoyed an impromptu Saturday dinner at The Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the restaurant specializes in seasonal farm-to-table dining. There is a second location in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

A Lighter Footprint

United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.

eFlyer News
Jul 1, 2020

Lithuania Rolls Out Pink Carpet for Travelers

Travelers arriving at Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania will find themselves walking along a trail of pink spots on the floor — dubbed “cold pink” by the country as it matches the distinct color of the country’s national šaltibarščiai soup. The trail ends at a 10-foot replica of the famed dish.

June 2020
Jul 1, 2020

2020 Leisure Lifestyle Award Winners

THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.

Athens: A city that charms its guests and stirs their emotions

The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.

Daily
Jul 1, 2020

Black-Owned Hotels to Book for Your Next Trip

While planning your #ComeBacktoTravel vacation, consider straying from chain hotels and book one of these or other Black-owned hotels in the country.