It is in South Beach that everything happens. The southern part of the peninsula known as Miami Beach, the most exuberant sister of Miami City, is the home of the famous Ocean Drive and the background of mythical films such as Scarface. Now, you just have to imagine you are two steps from Ocean Drive, in the exclusive residential area of the Art Deco District and you are, by magic, in the Pestana South Beach. This hotel, constituted by 4 art deco buildings with white and blue facades, it is a true oasis hidden in James Street. Considered a national heritage and classified by the Historical Preservation Board, its pool and bistro are exclusively accessible to hotel guests, which means they will never be crowded or noisy. The inner courtyard that welcomes them is hidden from the prying eyes of the neighborhood.
English and Spanish live side by side in Miami, featuring the American precision and organization as well as the Caribbean heat, environment and way of life. The lively sounds are ubiquitous, whether it comes from those who encourage volleyball players on the beach or the many pool parties that are in almost all hotels. In the Art Deco District, the scenery becomes much more elegant but equally appealing. All buildings of the 30s and 40s of the last century retain their facades in pastel colors and geometric lines. The signs evoke old movies and the names appeal to the more glamorous side of Hollywood's golden era. Despite being located on the other coast, Miami, the magic city, is equally beautiful, eccentric and spectacular.
In South Beach, it is difficult because there is always something happening, there is always a party, event or exhibition calling for you. The rest of the time, there are bicycles or Lamborghinis for rent, tours to give; excursions to do, drinks to taste and, always omnipresent, music to dance to. The great Miami events are the boatshow, which fills the Indian Creek and Biscayne Bay with phenomenal yachts and the Spring Break, which attracts college students from across the country to celebrate.
Ultra, the international festival of electronic music, elevates the more festive status of the city even further and is a reference worldwide. During these dates, you have to book the Pestana in advance and come prepared to get little sleep and dream a lot. But the city is extraordinarily active along the year, with the presence of Art Basel, of the Food & Wine Festival and innumerable fashion, culture and sport events. In fact, one of the best sports you can practice in South Beach is the famous "people watching", which here quickly turns into "celebrity watching." Countless public figures seek the simultaneously lush and anonymous environment of the city to have dinner, go out and shop.
The ideal is to get up early, leave the hotel and go for a run to Southpoint and return with the huge advantage of being able to take a dip in the warm, clear waters at any time of the race. If the race is not your strongest point, the ideal is to rent one of the bikes at hundreds of points of the city's bikesharing. The nearest is on 18th street, just around the corner. You can return and lift the bike any time you choose. Payment is made by credit card. As Miami Beach is a flat city, by cycling you can arrive everywhere faster and in comfort. Want to go shopping on Lincoln Road and do not feel like returning with bags in hand? Use the bike's basket and reach the hotel in 5 minutes. Feel like having a drink in the fantastic Smith & Wollensky to see the cruise ships passing by? Go and come back in 20 minutes.
Not going out at night in Southbeach is unthinkable. The most famous clubs in the world open their doors to welcome those who want to dance until dawn. The animation is close enough to walk to, but equally far away to be able to return to a reinvigorating sleep.
While Miami is more local and elegant, Miami Beach is vibrant, luxurious and attractive, under the sophisticated cover of the Art Deco District. The Pestana South Beach is the ideal hotel in Miami to explore the various facets of a city as vibrant and tireless as Miami. Come spend a few days on the beach, shopping and partying to better understand this reality.
Despite the art deco exterior, the whole interior of the hotel is contemporary and quietly sophisticated. Light colors, vibrant stripes and black-and-white photos that replicate the fantastic life in this region during the 40s help establish the environment you will find throughout your stay. The beds are extraordinarily comfortable, the air conditioning is automated and connects as soon as you enter the room. Spacious, bright and beautiful, it's easy to want to stay and rest. Despite how appealing the huge TV plasmas in your room may be, save the comfort for the end of the day - or night.
Back at the hotel, dispose of the shopping bags, take a dip in the pool and drink a unique mojito in one of the designer sunbeds. It feels even better to ascend up to the cool room, take a shower to take off the heat and descend to eat something in the bistro. The atmosphere is relaxed and elegant, the food is great and outside, the neon lights begin to shine as they call for you.
Pestana Tip: As the entire area is preserved and cannot be changed, there are almost no parking lots throughout the area. All choose Valet Parking, since you are not allowed to park on the streets beyond the permitted legal time. The ideal is to come by taxi to the Pestana, enjoy and explore the city on foot and rent a car only during the days when you want to leave the city. If you prefer renting at the airport, the hotel offers valet parking at a special price to customers.