A couple of months ago my husband and I went to Miami for a long weekend for a bit of rest and relaxation. We had both been to Miami before and didn’t have a lot on our itinerary besides beaching, swimming and eating. We wanted to be right on the beach, and we had our fur baby in tow, so we needed a hotel that would be just as welcoming to Dancer as it was to us. We booked our stay at the super pet-friendly (no pet fees!) 1 Hotel South Beach through the Visa Signature credit card online concierge. I’ll do a separate post about the Visa Signature program but the short story is that our first experience with it exceeded our wildest expectations – we got a fantastic rate and every advertised program perk (and more), including an upgrade from the room we booked (the cheapest room category) to an oceanfront suite that was larger than our first apartment. And 1 Hotel definitely did not let us down.
Our upgraded oceanfront suite was unreal. 1 Hotel SoBe is brand new, and has an emphasis on trendy, eco-friendly design, so everything was beautiful and in immaculate condition. I couldn’t believe how luxe and inviting the design was, from the huge white sectional couch in front of the large ocean view windows to the posh marble bathroom. They didn’t ignore the details in favor of the big stuff either; tiny decorating touches all over the room fit with the theme and pulled everything together.
We spent a lot of time hopping between the hotel’s pools, of which there are three: an adults-only rooftop pool with a party atmosphere, a kid-friendly main pool with plentiful cabanas and daybeds, and a serene, often deserted cabana pool right below the main pool.
The rooftop also a nice bar and lounge area, and some pretty killer views of South Beach.
The view from the main level pools isn’t too shabby either.
Once you get bored with the pools, there’s a gorgeous private beachfront to explore, with soft, white sand and chairs and umbrellas for guests to use. The water has some seaweed in it, but we still enjoyed going for a swim and on windy days the body-surfing is fantastic.
Dancer loved the beach too!
Although the views and facilities (and of course the pet-friendliness) were what led us to choose 1 Hotel, I was really impressed with the service at the hotel too. One night we called to see if we had a fridge in the room (we wanted to make sure we didn’t before we tossed restaurant leftovers) and they told us we didn’t but they would have one brought to our room – free of charge! Every staff member was helpful and eager to please, and our stay here was the perfect weekend getaway.
Until next time, Miami!
Up next: our Miami eats!