This may be a biased post, because I love Miami. I don’t consider myself a party girl, but Miami and Las Vegas quickly became my cities. As a Christmas gift in 2014, my mom surprised me with a family trip to Miami and Key West for my parents and my boyfriend, Shane, and I. She says this was her selfish way of making us spend time with them (my parents know I have no shame and am easily bribed, even though I’d gladly spend time with them anyways).
My mom and I spent Christmas day looking at all the different hotels and resorts we could stay at. We knew we loved Kimpton Hotels and quickly decided on the Surfcomber, located in Miami’s Art Deco District, at 1717 Collins Avenue.
The first thing you’ll notice once you walk through the door is the hotel’s quirky and cool vibes. Each Kimpton Hotel is decorated differently, based on their location. The Surfcomber décor features bold prints and colors, gold accents, and modern, eclectic furniture. The rooms are on the smaller size, but I don't think you'll be spending that much time in them anyways.
When we arrived, we were greeted at the front desk with a glass of champagne (my dad has casually mentioned that it was my parents wedding anniversary), which set the tone for the entire trip. The staff at the Surfcomber was incredibly attentive and very gracious.
Location is key here. You are literally a two minute (if that) walk from the beach. You just need to walk through the lobby and go outside, then walk past the pool area and you are right there. As soon as you walk outside, you'll see fun, brightly painted cows and beautiful orchids growing on palm trees.
Our first order of business here was to hit the beach. Down at the beach, they offer drink services right to your beach chair. So we ordered a pitcher of their signature drink (which I can’t remember, if anyone knows, please let me know!) which contained Vodka, Crushed Blackberries, St. Germain Elderflower Liquer, Fresh Lemon, and Prosecco. I’m definitely looking forward to trying to recreate this.
My favorite thing about the Kimpton Hotels is probably their free nightly happy hour, which happens from 5 to 6 pm, 7 nights a week. We were able to enjoy our drinks outside, near their little badminton court on some very comfy loungers. After happy hour, we were looking for something light to eat, since we had a late reservation that night. So we stopped at the Social Club for a bit. The Social Club has a patio that overlooks Collins Avenue, which makes for great people watching.
The only dissapointment during our stay at the Surfcomber was that the pool was closed due to construction. We didn't mind too much since we could just enjoy the beach, but I’m using it as an excuse to go back sometime. They usually have private cabanas lining the pool that you can rent for the day as well
The Kimpton hotel chain offers a very nice rewards program called Kimpton Karma Benefits. Benefits include free Wifi, Raid the Bar (or mini bar!), which is a bar credit, special birthday treats, and can maybe even earn Spa Credits, free nights and complimentary upgrades.
My parents are now loyalty members with Kimpton and I will definitely return to their hotels whenever I get the chance. If you're ever in South Beach and get the chance, make sure to check out the Surfcomber or see if there is a Kimpton hotel located near you!