A calming woodsy retreat that feels more expensive than it is
Walking into South Beach’s Lennox Hotel is confusing. Not just because the small front desk sits at the end of a small hallway off the main lobby. Or because there’s a vending machine dishing out champagne right next to the front door. It’s mostly because walking inside thrusts you from the action of Collins Avenue into a space that feels like a spa set somewhere deep in the Andes.
The smell is certainly part of the Andes immersion, as the Lennox has a signature scent reminiscent of moss and tea tree oil. It imbues a relaxing space, full of recycled wood, live plants and calming Italian music coming over the stereo. The restored 1930 hotel appears nothing like its art deco neighbors, except in its penchant for luxury. The Lennox seems like it should cost a lot more than it does. Everything from the attentive front desk service to the plush furniture would fit right in in a Ritz-Carlton, but you can still stay at the Lennox for well under $250 a night most of the year.
Literally two blocks from everything you come to South Beach for
The Lennox is on Collins Avenue — Miami Beach’s main drag — north of Ocean Drive and the theoretical heart of South Beach. While it’s not exactly removed from the action, it’s far enough away that you can breathe when you get back to your room. If your trip to Miami doesn’t involve leaving the beach, you’ll probably never have to get an Uber. And even if you do, downtown and Wynwood are only about 20 minutes away by car.
If you’re looking for check out the city, see our guide. Within a short walk there’s a ton to do, too:
- Take in Miami’s turquoise waters on the beach, only two blocks from the hotel. At the 18th Street access, you’ll find a pavilion for the Lennox where you’ll get two lounge chairs every day as part of your $25 amenity fee. If you’re not up for walking the two blocks, the hotel has a private golf cart that will drive you.
- Stroll the shops and restaurants on Lincoln Road. Miami’s landmark art deco pedestrian mall is also two blocks from the hotel.
- Wander the sculptures of Collins Park, then tour the Bass Museum of Art. Miami’s most underrated showcase of contemporary art is only two blocks away.
- Walk among the largest collection of art deco buildings in the world. Ocean Drive is the spot you’ve seen on every TV sportscast cutaway, but take a tour with the Miami Design Preservation League and you’ll learn how all these landmark hotels came to be and why they’re still standing.
- Hang out at the Freehand. While the pool scene at the Lennox is fantastic (more on that later) head to the backyard at this hostel that’s 10 minutes away and sip some of the city’s best cocktails at Broken Shaker.
An eye-popping mix of reclaimed wood and tropical flair
Though you’ll traverse wood-walled hallways dotted with live moss, nowhere does the Andes-meet-the-Atlantic vibe of the Lennox shine stronger than inside the rooms. They’re a wash of pastels and palm trees, interwoven with furniture crafted from reclaimed Patagonian timber. The wooden closets with rope handles have a beachy, maritime vibe, but the dark colors still bring to mind the mountains of South America.
The Lennox’s rooms are spread across four buildings – three original and one modern – which surround the small-but-stunning swimming pool and its adjoining bar. The main building has interior hallways on most floors, the rest have exterior. All rooms come with a coffee maker, beach towels and a beach bag, and a full minibar.
The boutique hotel’s rooms break down into four categories:
The Lennox’s entry level rooms don’t feel basic at all, clocking in at a generous 240 square feet. All are different shapes – that’s the deal when you restore a 90-year-old hotel – but some have bay windows looking down Collins Avenue, and all come with either a queen or king bed.
This next level up is probably the sweet spot of the Lennox’s room sizes, with hardwood headboards, Edison bulb lamps and overhead lighting, and lots of places to put things away. It comes as either a king room or a double room, with either one king or two queen beds with high-quality linens. Or, in the new building, as a double room with two double beds.
On the south end of the swimming pool you’ll find a collection of rooms that lead straight out to the pool deck. Though they make access to the pool easy, privacy is limited. The pool view here is you’re looking right at it. The double room’s only windows are the poolside sliding door. If you don’t mind the dark, they’re a fantastic way to get into Lennox’s social scene.
Perched high atop the historic main building you’ll find the Lennox’s top room category, with a spacious four post king bed, a private balcony and robes to enjoy it with. The large rooms look out on either the pool or Collins Avenue and the beachgoers below.
One of South Beach’s best restaurants and a glimmering lobby bar
The Lennox Hotel Miami Beach has a beautiful turquoise infinity pool, which when framed by the light woodwork outside is incredibly picturesque. It’s not large, nor is it ever crowded, and guests are more than welcome to pull up a lounge chair and order from the adjacent pool bar and café. It’s not a rager, but like the rest of the hotel, is a perfect place to relax in tranquility, cocktail in hand.
The Lennox’s restaurant brings the hotel’s most impressive décor” brass palm leaves stand over pastel-and-wicker chairs, while somehow still managing to give off an aura of fine dining. The food is approachable, though, with a large menu of Latin-infused Mediterranean dishes like Steak Frites with curry butter and homemade orecchiette with burrata. Opt to dine al fresco and you’ll find yourself on a lush patio with a living wall covered in orchids and other native plants.
When the pool bar closes down at 7 p.m., the lobby bar gets going. If you’re not buying champagne out of the vending machine, you can post up on a velvet stool and order pretty much any cocktail you can imagine, pairing it with light bites like yellowfin tuna tataki and prosciutto flatbread.
A fine-dining restaurant that serves dJapanese cuisine. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered.
Buried deep in the bowels of the Lennox is its fitness center, which packs a ton of equipment into a small space. There’s two Peloton bikes, two treadmills and ellipticals, dumbbells up to 50 lbs, medicine balls, bosu balls, and a full cable machine.
Valet parking is available for $45 per night.
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What is the hotel’s address?
The hotel is located in the historic district of Miami Beach at 1900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida 33139 USA
Which airport is closest to the hotel?
Miami International Airport is the closest and it’s 12 miles from the hotel.
When is check-in and check-out?
Check-in is at 4:00 PM and check-out is 11:00 AM. Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in.
Can I check out late?
The hotel offers late check out until 1:00 PM but its subject to availability. If you want a later check out, the hotel charges 50% the room rate for check out’s until 4:00 PM. After 4:00 PM the full room rate will apply.
How far is the Miami Beach Convention Center from the Lennox Hotel Miami Beach?
The hotel is a block away from the convention center.
How many guestrooms are there at the hotel?
What are the basic amenities of the hotel?
Lennox Hotels Miami Beach in Miami Beach offers private beach area, an outdoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour front desk, concierge service, free Wifi in public areas, beach loungers, umbrellas, room service, poolside bar.
What are the basic room amenities?
Air conditioning, in-room coffee machines, hair dryers, free Wiki, as well as flat-screen TV with satellite channels and toiletries.
Does the hotel offer cribs?
Yes, cribs are available on request.
Is there a dry cleaning or laundry service?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are also available on request.
I want to ride a bike while I’m at the hotel. Do they offer rentals?
There are bike rentals nearby and the hotel has them as well.
Is there a happy hour at the hotel?
Mira and the lobby bar are open for happy hour.
Does the hotel have meeting rooms?
It does. There’s one room that can hold 12 people and another that can host 10. They offer catering services as well.