We’re on the road for a while in between posts, and we stopped in Miami for a few days, staying at Surfcomber in South Beach. It’s a modern, luxury hotel with funky design touches (see red cow in photo). The lobby is sleek and inviting, with a bar at one end and a green-walled library at the other. The staff is generally friendly, although the valet seemed disgruntled (perhaps because he has to stand in humid air all day long).
I recommend staying here if you’re in South Beach. It’s on Collins Avenue, very close to Lincoln Road, which houses a large, open-air mall. The back of the hotel faces the beach.
The room we stayed in was small and didn’t have a balcony, but the king bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was very stylish with a glass shower stall and high-end toiletries.
No coffee maker in the room, but there’s complimentary coffee service in the lobby in the morning, with your choice of USA Today, The New York Times, and Wall Street Journal papers (I’m a journalist, so I care about the papers!). I prepared my coffee with soy milk and honey, and it tasted like a cafe treat.
If you’re in South Beach, you should definitely try a cubano. The best bets are the small shops instead of the big restaurants. We got cubanos for $7 each at a hole in the wall a few blocks from the hotel, and they were fantastic–huge sandwiches thick with ham cold cuts, cheese, and shredded pork. I ordered mine with black beans on the side, and we headed off to the beach to chow down and enjoy the Miami sun.