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Nautilus

Retro chic meets beach house, with just a little splash of Miami ‘nautiness’.

Absolute Highlight

Friday afternoon sipping Mojitos lounging in our private poolside cabana, accompanied by a sweet selection of sunset sounds from the resident DJ… the perfect warm up for the night ahead...

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
250, including 50 suites
The design aesthetic is...
seductive. Retro style meets modern luxury.
The typical guest is...
mid 20’s to 30 something millennials, sunseekers and jetsetters
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
not too many, but include refillable hotel amenities and an abundance of tropical indoor plants.
The location is...
prime, with direct beach access and walking distance to South Beach’s bars, restaurants and clubs.
Interaction is encouraged by....
the laid back ‘do whatever’ attitude of the staff and the communal upper deck, pool and beachfront is made for guests to mingle and chill.
You should stay here because
the oceanfront saltwater pool area is an idyllic spot to sunbathe and sip cocktails all afternoon.
What took you there?

We were on a trip to visit family and friends in Florida and soak up some warmth before the Tahoe winter set in.

What was your room like?

We first checked into a simple King Room, but were promptly upgraded to a slightly more spacious Oceanfront King after letting the front desk know that the room service staff had missed a few important details – which was understandable given the hotel was running on minimal staff during the COVID pandemic. 

The white-washed design aesthetic incorporates hints of vintage style (including a steamer trunk minibar) and modern touches like a marble rainhead shower and mirrored walls. While the rooms are nothing to write home about, the comfortable bed makes it a nice enough place to get some rest from the sun and fun of South Beach.

What about the venue

Originally designed in the 50s by the famed ‘Miami Modern’ architect, Morris Lapidus, the art deco hotel has been restored with an upbeat, contemporary swagger to cater to the millenial jetsetter crowd. This outpost is designed with interactive spaces in mind… walking through the spacious lobby takes you to Barbershop by day, and Blind Barber by night (the in-house speakeasy bar). Outdoors the chic, revamped saltwater pool is THE place to post up and bathe in the afternoon rays (order yourself an 1825 Flamingo and thank me later). Or if you prefer the ocean, a stroll through a shaded, fairy-lit canopy of bamboo trees takes you straight to Nautilus’ private beach zone where you’ll swiftly be set up with a daybed, umbrella and towels.

Tell us about the destination

What a prime oceanfront location! Conveniently positioned on Collins Avenue and 18th Street, we found ourselves shoulder-to-shoulder with some of South Beach’s finest hotels and walking distance to an abundance of fancy bars, restaurants and clubs. Jump on one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes and ride down the promenade, or cruise over to Lincoln Road for some retail therapy.

Who did you meet there?

While sunbaking at the beach we spotted a guy doing some massage and reiki on his girlfriend on one of the day beds close by… later as we got out of the ocean he introduced himself to us and we got chatting… and found out that in fact they had only just met!  The overall vibe is open and positive and makes it easy to meet like-minded travelers.

Have you stayed here? Let us know your thoughts!

Surrounding Activities

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Do Not Sit on the Furniture

Barceloneta

Miami’s popular hangout for Spanish Mediterranean tapas, fresh seafood and original gin cocktails… yes please!

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Snorkel the underwater playground of Florida Keys

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