Life House Collins Park
Miami Beach, Florida
Beachy, $ (From $149)
While many of Miami Beach's most famous hotels lay claim to the area's Art Deco history, Life House Collins Park has a much deeper story to tell. Tucked between the canal and the ocean, the building's streamlined structure was erected in 1934 by John Collins, a Quaker merchant and the brains behind Miami's most genius engineering feat, the Miami waterway. For their latest Miami outpost, Life House highlight's Quaker's minimalism and streamlined architectural features. Guest rooms embody a relaxed coastal feel, with hand-woven tapestries, rattan furniture, and neutral tones, while the rooftop plunge pool and mezze-fueled restaurant are plant-filled, tropical dreamscapes. The laid-back, low-key vibes of the Life House brand may feel simple, but they've captured the millennial mood with trendy scents by Diptyque, bath products by Le Labo, and retro Marshall amp speakers. While the setting feels miles from South Beach's buzz, design-forward travelers will be happily surprised they're only steps from the beach action if they want it.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Eco and serene.
Standout Detail: The warm, inclusive, and healthy setting that makes it easy to integrate your wellness rituals on the road.
This Place Is Perfect For: Travelers wanting a quiet retreat from Miami's buzz, but still be steps from the beach.
Rooms: 52 rooms are airy, beachy, and streamlined, with soft coastal tones and textiles for a refreshing retreat after long days in the sun. Custom handwoven macrame tapestries and jute rugs uniquely embellish each room, along with witty photographs from Russell Harvey, a local who has been shooting the neighborhood and its "spirit animals" since the '90s. For close groups of friends who miss their childhood sleepovers, the Bohemian Suite offers four double-decker beds tucked away into a cozy sleeping nook with a mini staircase leading up to the top bunks, which all include curtains for extra privacy. In-room luxury amenities include Marshall speakers, plush Revival NY linens, spacious bathrooms with private tubs and large rain showers, Le Labo bath products, and Diptyque candles.
On Site: A palm-lined rooftop sunbathing terrace with a petite cooling pool, comfy lounge chairs, and views of the ocean and the architectural gems of Collins Park. On the weekends and during special happenings like Art Basel, the hotel hosts rooftop sunrise and sunset yoga with local DJs spinning tropical vibes. The lobby living room is the ideal communal workspace for freelance travelers with high-speed WiFi and a counter bar serving coffee and cocktails. Art Deco design books are spread on the coffee tables, and comfy plush sofas make for the ideal rainy-day hangout.
Food + Drink: Mama Joon is the hotel's vegetarian-forward Mediterranean restaurant with a large outdoor patio facing the Collins Park Creek. Large woven baskets hang above the chef's table display, with long mahogany-wood tables and mixed-and-matched artisanal pottery. The tropical terrace is a great spot for a leisurely breakfast or lunch.
What to Do Nearby
It's Miami, and probably hot and humid, so do yourself a favor and head up to the rooftop pool and hang in the lounge chairs, or cool off with cocktails canal-side at the restaurant. Once you're ready for some air conditioning, endless Art Deco architecture awaits. Head to The Bass, Miami's one-stop shop for cultural art exhibitions, a sculpture garden, and guest lectures. Or sign up for a walking tour to discover gems you've never seen or heard about. At night, skip the strip and spend an evening at The Miami City Ballet, whose dancers have been wowing audiences with their flexibility since 1985.