MIAMI BEACH --
For the right customer, the WinterHaven is as good as a five-star
received a three-diamond rating from AAA, but for someone who
appreciates an oceanview room over palm-lined Ocean Drive in South
Beach, its hard to beat.
At the corner of
14th Street, the WinterHaven is a comfortable distance, yet not too
far, from the epicenter of bustling Ocean Drive (between Eighth and
10th streets), where the nightclub scene reaches a fever
The funky culture
draws visitors from all over the world, a fact reflected in the
diversity of the WinterHaven clientele.
on the hotels front deck one morning, I was joined by a French
mother with body-pierced and spikey-haired teenagers; an English
couple on a business-mixed-with-pleasure trip; a young German in a
red Miami football jersey; a refined elderly couple with a
floppy-eared dog; and a gay couple.
My room on the fifth floor was
charming, cozy and immaculate. Room 503 is a corner room with a
window facing the ocean and another looking down Ocean
streetview window, you can look down upon the strip, with its neon,
art-deco facades and pulsating nightlife.
The room had the
standard amenities, including a large-screen TV with far more
channels than necessary. A desk doubled as a dressing
design theme was maintained right down to the brushed-chrome
chevron light fixture in the bathroom.
All of the
facilities were bright and new. The bathroom toiletries were
Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy products, which gave the hotel a
is part of a hotel group that includes two other South Beach
properties: the Blue Moon and the Essex House, both on Collins
Avenue. Both are elegant but lack ocean views.
Built in 1939,
the WinterHaven has been restored to its original state. The lobby
is a close replica of its early days, with a high ceiling and a
winding stairway to a multilevel mezzanine surrounded by a sleek
The only change
from the original is a small bar that had been added years after
the original construction.
manager of all three Coral Collection South Beach properties, said
upgrades are planned at the WinterHaven.
Rates at the
WinterHaven start at $79 per night for
a standard room, $99 for an oceanview room and $169 for a
For more info or
to book, call (800) 395-2322 or (305) 531-5571 or visit www.winterhavenhotelsobe.com.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].