Located right in the heart of South Beach in Miami Beach the Hotel Victor, a Hyatt property, is one of the tastefully and lovingly restored Art Deco treasures for which this area is so well-known. This landmark hotel was designed by famed deco architect L. Murray Dixon and opened its doors in 1937 as the Victor Hotel. Because of its location on Ocean Drive adjacent to the Versace Mansion and directly across from the beach, it became a hub of the celebrities and socialites of its time. After a $48 million redesign overseen by renowned decorator Jacques Garcia, the doors were reopened in 2003 and the Hotel Victor swiftly became the destination for the glitterati. Garcia did a masterful job of combining restoration of the fabulous original architecture with the addition of modern amenities and luxuries which today’s upscale traveller has come to expect, while also giving this landmark building a facelift both inside and out. The result is breathtaking, and uniquely SoBe in style.
The 88 rooms in the Hotel Victor are a mix of standard hotel rooms, upgraded rooms with either a pool or ocean view, suites, upgraded suites with ocean views, hotel bungalows, and the penthouse. All rooms feature marble baths with deep soaking tubs, and the upgraded rooms feature rain showers. Many of the upgraded rooms have private terraces. All Pool bungalows offer private terrace with an outside rain shower, and direct pool access. Suites offer panoramic views of the pool and ocean, walk in closet and Infinity edge tub, while the upgraded suites offer a separate living room area, direct ocean views, vanity area, and a large LCD TV with DVD surround sound. The 4,000 square foot penthouse has full 360 degree views, its own private terrace with a hot tub and lounge furniture, a gourmet kitchen equipped with Viking appliances, plasma screens with surround sound in the dining and living areas, and an exclusive VIP lounge on the second floor overlooking the lobby. All rooms are sumptuously decorated in high modern style.
When you stay at the Hotel Victor you have access to an impressive array of hotel amenties. Spa V, designed by Jacques Garcia, is a sybaritic experience, featuring South Beach’s first Hammam-coed, a new twist to the old style steam bath of Greece and Turkey. Private spa treatment rooms include the Hammam, a Vichy shower and a Couple Suite. The Private Hammam is a unique experience, offering a heated marble bed allowing a cleansing steam bath while you undergo the Hammam treatment. Salon services are also provided at Spa V. Dining at the Hotel Victor is a rich experience, whether you choose Bice or the Victor Cafe. For a light breakfast or lunch, there’s the Vue Terrace, overlooking Ocean Drive and the perfect spot for people watching. And the Hotel Victor also has its own nightspots, the V Bar, and the Passage Bar, which overlooks the beach. The Passage Bar, Vue and the Pool are are equiped with an outdoor pool table, a fabulous 1940’s lovingly restored mosaic-tiled pool, video, and a DJ on selected nights. Be sure to check the events calendar, since the Hotel Victor offers many enticing events, music acts, celebrity parties, and special cuisine nights featuring notable chefs. For those times when you wish privacy, there is in-room dining. The Hotel Victor also offers special events catering for weddings and corporate events. Business boardtooms and banquet rooms are available.
The Hotel Victor is right in the heart of SoBe and all it has to offer, with much of the best of South Beach a short stroll away. You’ll be right near the great restaurants on Espanola Way and Lincoln Road, and centrally located for club hopping, from the Mynt Lounge to The Mansion. Daytime you can split your time between the fabulous deco pool area or trip across Ocean Boulevard to the beach. All beached out? Take the Art Deco Walking tour through South Beach and see the Art Deco splendor of the Magical City, and hear the history of this very colorful and interesting area, and how the incredible architecture was saved from the wrecking ball. Or you can melt your plastic at one of the many trendy and exclusive Bal Harbour boutiques on Collins Avenue such as Gucci, Dior, Prada, Celine, Cartier and, of course, Versace.
1144 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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