We love to “travel” around our area, South Florida, and take a peek at new hotels that are making a buzz, so it will come as no surprise, then, that we overnighted at the Kimpton’s latest Miami hotspot, the beachfront Art Deco Surfcomber in South Beach (right in the thick of happening things). It’s full of charm with fun, colorful and zany-styled gathering spots throughout the expansive lobby, cows and sheep grazing in the pasture—more on that later—and surfboards as art in guestrooms. In other words, classic Kimpton—a decor and vibe that thinks outside the box while capturing the style of the neighborhood, in this case retro South Beach. It’s ideal for leisure travelers who like to embrace the unconventional—“style with a wink” is what the hotel calls it.
The Surfcomber, which is pet-friendly, offers 186 guestrooms, split up into several categories: the 200-sq.-ft. King Deluxe Rooms, the 200-sq.-ft. Queen Deluxe Rooms, the 200-sq.-ft. Double Double Deluxe Rooms, the 400-sq.-ft. City View Luxury Suite, the 200-sq.-ft. Oceanfront King Room, the Oceanfront King Premier Room with 100-sq.-ft. and the 400-sq.-ft. Ocean View Luxury Suite. We cozied up in the Oceanfront King Room during our recent stay—comfy bed, plush bathrobes, lots of in-room information on the surrounding neighborhood, and although not large, the bathrooms are beautifully designed with all the amenities one needs. If your clients forgot to pack an essential item, not to worry—the front desk has them covered under its Forgot it? We’ve Got It! program (think fashion tape, straightening iron, makeup mirror). And if it’s something that’s not as essential, but that your clients just can’t live without, say a fishbowl with a goldfish or a board game, it’s available at the front desk (told you they were zany!).
Going back to that aforementioned Pasture, it’s actually a private beach area tucked away behind the pool deck and it’s home to a herd of characters, including white and black sheep and a few cows, all with fab SoBe lives, it seems. Ok, ok, they aren’t actually live cows and sheep, but guests lounging in this oasis can’t miss the entertaining sculptures.
The pool deck, too, is delightful. It’s an iconic South Beach pool, surrounded by nice-sized cabanas and chaise longues, and offering poolside food and beverage service, of course (can one really do South Beach without pool- or beachside service—we think not!).
Its culinary delights are just as amusing. Lantao Kitchen & Cocktails serves up Southeast Asian cuisine (think Hong Kong street food) with signature items such as Banh Mi “Miami” style with beef, pork belly, pickled vegetables, cilantro and spicy mayo on a baguette; and green papaya and pork belly salad with jicama, celery root, daikon, carrots, chayote, mint and Thai basil. It’s a must on our list and since we’re locals, we’re definitely going back (recommend the cooking demo that’s offered at the restaurant).