South Beach, for all its beauty, sometimes feels a little hectic. Step inside the lobby of the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel, however, and you’ll only feel an overwhelming sense of calm. This 132-room boutique is a haven of light woods, tropical plants and soft lighting. Two blocks from the beach, an ocean aroma permeates the space, and most nights, you’ll find the Angler’s Hotel’s far quieter than its surroundings. Architecturally, the Kimpton Angler’s combines old Miami Beach and modern chic, with the hotel split between a new tower and a historic Art Deco building. While the rooms in both buildings are similar, the Angler’s still gives guests the opportunity to experience two eras of Miami in one resort. There’s also a rooftop pool open to guests only where you can enjoy a cold drink and take in the 360-degree views of Miami Beach.
The southern end of South Beach with fast access to everything.
The Kimpton Angler’s Hotel sits on 6th Street and Washington Avenue, effectively the southern end of South Beach. A two-block walk takes you to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and five minutes of walking in any direction brings you to an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops. Though a lot of the action in Miami Beach has shifted north to spots like the Faena and EDITION, a cab or rideshare gets you to all the hotspots in under 10 minutes.
Some cool things to do within a short walk:
- Post up on the beach and enjoy the turquoise waters you came to Miami for. The hotel is stocked with beach umbrellas, towels and bags to help make your experience cooler and cleaner.
- After the beach, peruse the iconic Art Deco hotels along Ocean Drive. The most famous – and largest – collection of Art Deco buildings in the world is two blocks away, and the Miami Design Preservation League leads informational walking tours.
- For something a little offbeat, walk up Washington Ave. to the World Erotic Art Museum. It’s a surprisingly educational showcase of how cultures have depicted sex through time and provides some very … interesting photo ops.
- Stroll the pedestrian mall at Lincoln Road. The Morris Lapidus-designed shopping street is more than just rows of restaurants. You’ll also find live music, farmers markets and art installations that rotate throughout the year.
- Enjoy the sunset from South Pointe Park. The green space on the southern tip of South Beach has the best view of the ocean and city skyline as well as an outdoor bar at Smith and Wollensky that serves drinks to pair with the scenery.
Tropical, homey spaces that blend in seamlessly with the beach outside.
The Angler’s rooms are a cool combination of white, blues and wicker, creating a little beach house ambience in every space. And the accommodations are downright massive by South Beach standards, starting at 375 square feet and going up from there. Most have private balconies with views of Miami Beach and the ocean in the distance.
The Kimpton Angler’s Hotel’s standard rooms are fairly similar, separated into King and King Premium rooms, plus Two Queen options. The King Premium and Two Queen rooms all have private balconies and clock in at 400 square feet. The King rooms are slightly smaller at 375 square feet, and some don’t have balconies.
Where the Kimpton Angler’s rooms differ are in its specialty suites, which range from poolside bungalows to two-story lofts.
- Studio Suites: The hotel’s junior suites span over 450 square feet, with separate living areas. The Queen suites also have private balconies, whereas the King suites do not.
- King Studio Spa Suite: A slightly larger version of the studio suite, this room comes with a balcony and soaker tub in the bathroom.
- 1 Bedroom Loft Suite: This 550-square-foot suite covers two floors, and includes a fold-out couch and second half-bath. It’s ideal for parents who want some space away from their kids.
- 1 Bedroom Villa Outdoor Jetted Tub: This two-story villa has its own private entrance and an entire 710 square feet of luxury. The suite includes an outdoor jetted tub secluded from the masses, as well as two bathrooms and a full living area.
- Poolside Bungalow: Beside the main ground-level pool you’ll find the Angler’s’ most sought after room, a three-story bungalow with a private rooftop terrace. It has instant access to the pool deck, as well as a private outdoor shower and two bathrooms.
A beautiful rooftop pool and a chance to Scuba dive a private reef.
The most unique thing about the Kimpton Angler’s Hotel isn’t anywhere on property, but rather just off the shore of Key Biscayne. The hotel partnered with the University of Miami in a coral restoration program along a private reef, and runs half-day trips to the ocean habitat now called Angler’s reef. On the guided excursion, you will learn about the project, get your feet in the water and see some marine wildlife along the way. Snorkeling options are available if you’re not scuba certified, and light snacks and beverages are included.
The hotel’s most popular amenity is its rooftop pool, where shaded daybeds surround a long pool with 360-degree views of the city and ocean. Steps away you’ll find the rooftop bar Always June, where you can order the requisite fruity cocktail for your rooftop pool photo sesh.
If you’d rather soak up the sun on ground level, the Mermaid Pool is surrounded by tropical plants and feels more like someone’s backyard than an urban hotel.
Across the street you’ll find an F45 fitness studio, where Angler’s guests can take classes as part of their resort fee.
The hotel offers beach cruisers for loan as part of the resort fee, so you can tour around South Beach fairly easily.
More than a simple hotel lobby bar, the Minnow Bar prides itself on its extensive collection of gins and mixes up some of the better gin-based drinks in Miami. You can enjoy them outside in the sunny courtyard or inside mingling with your fellow guests.
The Angler’s rooftop bar and restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., serving up the usual collection of beer buckets and frozen drinks you’d expect at a South Beach pool. The food is a step above, though, with choices like Yucatan shrimp tacos, avocado toast and esquites Mexican street salad.
Set in the hotel’s historic building, Seawell is a journey through Florida seafood that’s become a destination restaurant. The raw bar is always a good bet, or you can try the selection of ceviches before delving into a lobster roll. Non-seafood eaters will find plenty at Seawell too, like the 10oz. rib-eye steak and short rib tacos.
Valet parking is available for $40 per night.