Originally designed by celebrated architect L. Murray Dixon in 1937, The Hotel Victor is an Art Deco dream located on one of Miami’s most iconic stretches of beach. The hotel’s common areas and rooms — including two splurge-worthy penthouse suites — were recently renovated by lauded design firm Yabu Pushelberg to feature calming beach tones, rustic fabrics and sleek wooden floors. The property’s crowning gem, however, is its rooftop pool deck, which looks out over bustling Ocean Drive toward the beach. At its heart, flanked by plush daybeds and cabanas, is a pool that’s the definition of Instagrammable.
You’re looking for a modern, comfy hideaway that’s walking distance from all the action on Ocean Drive, yet feels a world away when you just want to escape.
All 91 of The Hotel Victor’s rooms feature chic contemporary decor with warm leather accents and a beach-inspired color palette. Bathrooms in many of the rooms are palatial, especially considering this is South Beach and most of the buildings are nearly a century old. But while comfort is guaranteed no matter which room you book, we like the ones that look out onto the ocean and the hotel’s gorgeous pool best. Ask for a Deluxe King with a view toward Ocean Drive.
If you really want to ball out on your weekend getaway in Miami Beach, splurge on one of the penthouse suites. Each comes with stunning views of either the garden or the ocean, plus a lavish living room, dining area, private terrace and plenty of square footage to lounge around in.
Head down to the pool early to claim a cabana or a daybed. They’re free for guests but available on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can keep the munchies at bay by ordering up goodies from Sugar Factory — think fresh salads, sandwiches and the restaurant’s famous Monster Burgers (one even comes topped with a glazed donut). You can order any of the drinks off the menu, too, including Sugar Factory’s colorful — and boozy — 60-ounce cocktail goblets. If you’d rather hit the beach, the concierge can provide you with beach chairs for the day and bicycles to get around town in.
When the sun goes down, the party heats up along Ocean Drive. If you’re looking for Latin music and dancing, you’ve checked into the right spot. Hotel Victor sits just a four-minute walk from Mango’s Tropical Cafe and Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine; both host live music every night. And if you’re craving electronic beats in a setting that feels more Mediterranean than Miami, it doesn’t get better than Nikki Beach. Celebrating two decades of legendary beach parties, this South Beach institution draws revelers from around the world with its top-rated cuisine and lively scene.
Set in a lush green wall right off the main lobby is a gleaming steel elevator, the word “spa” written above it in white chunky letters. Ride this down to the basement level and you’ll reach K’Alma, the hotel’s spa and possibly one of Miami Beach’s best-kept secrets. It encompasses six treatment rooms themed according to the healing powers of different crystals, and tranquil public spaces lined with books and decorated with plush rugs and blankets. It’s cozy and intimate — a very different vibe from some of the city’s better-known wellness centers. Make a morning appointment for a massage or skin treatment, like the 24K Gold Facial. Then sweat out your hangover in the sauna, followed by a bit of head-clearing meditation along the spa’s legendary crystal corridor or inside its calming quartz room.
The quartz room at K’Alma; photo by diLyon Creative Group.
For brunch, head next door to Gianni’s at Villa Casa Casuarina, formerly the Versace Mansion. Call ahead to reserve a table outside near the hotel’s iconic mosaic-tiled pool. And don’t think you’ll leave with a hole in your wallet — though it’s known for celebrity sightings and drinks like the 24-karat Golden Margarita, Gianni’s actually offers one of the best lunch deals in Miami Beach. For just $29, you can enjoy a three-course meal with options straight off the (way pricier) dinner menu.
Hotel Victor offers complimentary WiFi throughout the property, plus complimentary beach towels and beach chairs. Guests also enjoy access to the pool and fitness center amenities. Ready to book? Visit www.hotelvictorsouthbeach.com or call (305) 779-8700.
1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Amanda Mesa has covered Miami’s restaurant and bar scene for more than five years. She loves to write about her four biggest passions: cocktails, food, music and travel. When she isn’t penning pieces for publications like Culture Crusaders, Indulge Magazine and Miami.com, she’s usually planning her next trip. Ask her where to find a great meal or cocktail anywhere in the world, and she’ll point you in the right direction.