1 Hotel South Beach

The 1 Hotel is a large new luxury hotel with roughly 420 rooms, 4 pools, a small kids club, numerous dinning options a great gym and a spa.  The general vibe of the hotel is eco-friendly with light & grey colored reclaimed wood throughout with white and cream décor.

The sleeping rooms are generous for South Beach with high ceilings and separate sleeping and seating/lounging space.  The bathrooms have glass walls allowing for an open view from the bathroom to the ocean through your windows.  A full length curtain breaks up the vantage for anyone not wanting to shower on full display to their chamber mates.  While at the hotel I also took the opportunity to tour 2 and 3 bedroom suites which are truly 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.

The 4 pools offer a bit for everyone.  The very trendy/loungey penthouse pool and deck area is adults only with great ocean and city views, a bar and food service.  In the evening the area turns into a cocktail lounge with a rather laid back vibe.  The other 3 pools are closer to ground level and have loads of seating area, cabana style day beds,  bar and food service, and accommodating staff.   While the hotel does a good job of having something for everyone.

If fitness is your thing the gym is probably on par with a high-end health club in any metropolitan city.  They are currently running the gym out of a temporary space and it has everything Arnold Schwarzenegger would have needed in his hay day for a full on work out.  If a gym is your thing, this one is probably the best of any Miami hotel.  Similarly the spa is currently operating under temporary space but still has a full offering with great space.  Once they are in their permanent gym and spa I doubt anyone will be remotely close to their offering.

We ate at the Beach Craft and both food and service were fantastic with a clean casual set up.   The hotel makes a concerted effort to be “green’ in many ways and I would highly recommend 1 Hotel for almost any type of traveller.  The hotel is large but they seem to maintain a sense for service that makes if feel smaller and more intimate for example by offering complimentary private shuttle service in one of the hotels Tesla electric sports cars.  A service usually only found in small luxury boutique hotels.

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