It’s hard not to make this a favourite.
It’s a nice hotel in the art déco district, even though it’s not a very spectacular one. The Kent was designed by L.M. Dickinson and built 1936. It didn’t generate much fuss until Chris Blackwell came about. Blackwell had made a fortune founding Island Records and bringing Bob Marley to a greater audience. He created the Island Outpost hotel chain, which once had four properties in Miami. When Blackwell sold his Miami properties the hotel lost a bit of its flair. See the review of the former sister hotel The Marlin, and you will get the picture (and quite sad picture, that is).
This hotel often get more than decent reviews. Why?
1. Rooms are quite large, at least by U.S. standards – and the hotel has 59 of them. These were designed by Barbara Hulanicki, who also designed the Marlin and it probably looked very modern at the turn of the millennium. The lobby is… errmm… funny looking with quirky design details, but do not prepare to be blown away.
2. The location is superb. It’s less than one block from the beach and six blocks away from Lincoln Road (which is the faux-centre of Miami South Beach, although it’s not exactly where the action is).
3. Value for money. In comparison with other options in the area, it’s very cheap to stay here. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t feel that cheap. However, you should not expect anything fancy. Newspapers are available in the lobby along with high-speed internet.
To sum it up:
If money is an issue, there very few other hotels that I’d be more happy to recommend in SoBe. After the most recent renovations it got a five additional guest rooms but the restaurant is still lacking. But again, keep in mind that this is not a glitzy place. Reviewers on TripAdvisor typically rate it ‘average’ to ‘very good’. It is, however, a surprisingly good cheap hotel. That’s why it’s getting my four stars. OK?
The Kent Hotel
1131 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139