I have no clue why, but 2017 has gotten off to an incredibly busy start (in both my personal and professional life). On top of being super busy, the last two months have just flown by. I constantly find myself saying “I really need a vacation!” Thankfully in less than 2 weeks I will be heading off for a 3 day Girls weekend at The Gates Hotel South Beach. I love the The Gates Hotel in Key West, so I’m really looking forward to checking out this new property.
The Gates Hotel South Beach is a stylish playground ideally located on Collins Avenue, just a short stroll from Ocean Drive, South Beach’s vibrant nightlife and the Atlantic Ocean. Built on the foundation of the 1954 Ankara Motel, The Gates maintains the historic, Art Deco-inspired architecture on the exterior, while breathing new life into a reconstructed interior that blends modern comforts with vintage glamour. The exclusive, boutique-style setting offers fusion dining, vibrant outdoor spaces like private daybeds nestled between the pool and lake, all under a canopy of strawberry guava trees, convenient solar-powered charging stations, private beach chairs, bicycles, and more.
Inside, modern design takes center stage as a translucent staircase welcomes guests into the thriving two-story atrium with custom leather wrapping and a striking light fixture inspired by drum cymbals. The welcoming, laid-back atmosphere encourages guests to explore their surroundings or simply relax in any one of the hotel’s finely-crafted spaces.
Each of the modern, beautifully-furnished guestrooms is designed with a vibrant color scheme and upscale in-room features. All accommodations are non-smoking and include plush beds, featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room refrigerator, laptop-size safe and coffeemaker.
The Gates Hotel South Beach features a lively lobby area with bar, a hub for guests and locals to mingle over drinks. The bar seamlessly transitions to the outside pool, where guests will find private daybeds nestled between the pool and lake, all under a canopy of strawberry guava trees. For guests’ convenience, solar-powered charging stations are also available outside. Other onsite features include free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, 24-hour business center, 24-hour state-of-the-art-fitness center, courtesy transportation to/from the beach, beach chairs and towels, and guest bicycles.
The Continental®, a popular South Beach eatery, happens to be adjacent to the hotel. The restaurant features a menu of eclectic global dishes, many designed to share, amidst a modern dining room and lush tropical patio. Also a great spot to grab a drink, the bar has a flat-screen television and offers a creative cocktail list with a focus on curated spirits, fresh ingredients and tiki-inspired recipes. I’m particularly happy about this because a) they have Happy Hour and b) they have brunch on Saturday AND Sunday (with bottomless mimosas!).
I’m counting down the days until we get to check out The Gates Hotel South Beach and explore Miami (hello breweries and art!). I’m really looking forward to a nice girls weekend at the beach!
*Disclosure: I’ve been provided a complimentary stay at The Gates Hotel South Beach. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.