The Hotel Astor is a recently redesigned boutique hotel in the heart of the art deco district of Miami’s South Beach. My partner Lindsay and I were invited to check out the new design and enjoy the South Beach area in exchange for this honest review. South beach is a louder, more party-oriented area, but surprisingly The Hotel Astor was the ideal escape to get away when the party was too much and it was time to cuddle up and relax.

When I arrived for check-in, I was greeted by name which was a sweet and surprising touch. It was too early for check in, so Lindsay and I dropped off our bags and headed to the beach. The desk staff were lovely, they didn’t hesitate to check our bags and offered us complimentary water bottles and beach towels as we headed out for the afternoon. The staff was very attentive but casual in a friendly and relaxed way, which made me feel as though they were personally invested in making my stay comfortable.

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Size of room

The room was as big as a New York City studio apartment without the kitchen. The room was decorated in modern contemporary vibes with a lavender-based color scheme. We had a giant king size bed with fluffy faux fur bed throws and a separate lounge area complete with rotating TV and garden views. The deep bathtub big enough for two people and had a ledge perfect for resting a glass of wine. The artisanal toiletries were a nice gender neutral scent that smelled like clean laundry.

Staff

Everyone was super friendly and (DRUM ROLL PLEASE) we didn’t have to ask for a double bed rather than two twin beds. They offered tips and advice for things to see and do and recommended their hourly bike rental service. We checked in a bit early so they offered us a complimentary drink at the terrace bar. The Mojitos were perfectly prepared. I wish I had gotten the name of the woman who worked in the bar, because she was there each day of our stay and always remembered us. It was a sweet little touch.

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Renovation

Hotel Astor is a cute little boutique hotel with vintage art deco vibes. It’s more accurately described as art deco meets modern. The redesign is cute and perfect for a casual couple’s getaway. I loved the black and white themes paired with the Tiffany blue and lilac color scheme.

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Breakfast

While $12 is a bit steep for a continental breakfast in my opinion. It was good, but it wasn’t $12 a person good. The spread was complete with bagels, baked goods, toast, and cereal so it was a bit carb heavy. They also offered yogurt parfaits, fresh melon, and deli meats. The real winner was the fresh orange juice and coffee with steamed milk. We loved the attached outdoor patio where we ate our breakfast each morning. It was a sunny quiet place to wake up together over coffee and get prepared for our day. The lush greenery made it feel a bit like eating in a tropical garden tucked inside a city. The succulents, ivy, and palms offered trendy shade and decor.

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Location

This was the perfect location for a beach vacation. We were about 4 blocks to the beach and well within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants and shopping areas. We had a variety of options at our disposal. There is a gay boy bar down the block and the LGBT visitors center two blocks away. South Beach is known for its drinking culture but we found quieter spots to relax over dinner and drinks with plenty of ease.

LGBT Friendly

Miami is one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the US. We were there the week of pride and the entire city was covered in rainbow flags and LGBT references. It was hard to miss the rainbows at every turn.