1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Step Back into Time at The National South BeachWhen driving along Collins Avenue on Miami Beach, things can at times get repetitive. After passing a line of neon and geometric style, it was a pleasant surprise to walk into the warmly styled National Hotel in South Beach.
The historic Art Deco building was restored in 2014, continuing to display it's old Miami vibe, which is comforting to a Florida native. I stayed in one of the 36 oversized cabana rooms overlooking the pool which is the highlight when visiting this oceanfront property. The hotel's infinity-edge pool measures 205 feet long, the longest in Miami Beach.
At night I chose to take a dip in the large heated tub behind the large pool with a lively pool bar on the exterior. I enjoyed a stiff negroni as a tried to give cuddling couples a bit of privacy.
One of the highlights, aside from my comfy room, was the easy access to the beach. My room key allowed me to wander towards Miami's blue waters from the hotel exterior. At 6 a.m. I woke up and felt the need to get outside for a jog. I met with friends who brought along Cuban breakfast for a sunrise breakfast. I chose to take a dip and dry off along the sand while biting croquettes and warm bread with coffee.
Later that day I opted for French food at the hotel's restaurant, Tamara's Bistro. I sat outside at a poolside table. After reviewing the menu by Chef Pierre Sudre, I chose to go for the paella special that was flavorful and well-complimented with a glass of white wine.
Since I was there on a Sunday, I was excited to see that there was a jazz band playing softly indoors and chose to have one last drink there. Surrounded by terrazzo flooring and polished chrome light fixtures, I felt as though I had stepped away from busy Collins Avenue and into a simpler version of South Florida.