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Hotel The Sagamore Hotel 4 star
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1671 Collins Ave Miami, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This four star art-gallery cum hotel is one of a kind in the world, some say, and should definitely be visited for tea or even just to have a nose around even if you are not staying here. The four-star Sagamore is an original Art-Deco hotel situated right in the heart of South Beach on Miami Beach. Its multi-million dollar art collection makes it what it is as honestly, the rooms could do with a renovation. However if you like to be surprised at every turn, either by a mid-size helicopter on a terrace or video installations leading up to the pool, then this is the place for you.

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    Location 8.0 /10

    The Sagamore is located right on Collins, which is the main road in South Beach. It is right at the heart of the Art-Deco district within walking distance of the area's shops and restaurants. The hotel sits on the promenade that lines the beach, to which it has its own access. The airport is a 30 minute drive away and Downtown is 20 minutes away.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The hotel has 93 suites including 16 bungalows with varying views and of varying sizes. All rooms have a queen-size pull-out bed, a mini bar and complimentary tea and coffee amenities. The rooms are located inside the main building whereas the two-storey bungalows are dotted around the pool. The most exclusive bungalows are the three-storey Penthouse Suites, which are located next to the main building. These have Jacuzzis and rooftop pools.

    The rooms within the main building are strung along long dark corridors with some of the world's most famous artists' mottos, like Gaughin's "I close my eyes to see better". This is one of our favourite details because not only does it look good, but it dresses corridors that are otherwise dull and boring. Guests learn something at every turn, which is a plus in our books!

    Like the rest of the hotel, the rooms are white with Wenge stained wooden furniture. The interiors have a strong retro identity, and although it looks good, the furniture is chipped in places, curtains needs replacing and a fresh lick of paint is needed. However, it is worth stressing that the rooms have subtle style, which makes them very appealing. All rooms have a small kitchenette to a fully-fitted kitchen. Each room category has its own style of bathroom, from whirlpool baths to free-standing showers. The bathroom products are of the Aveda brand. Overall the rooms are well-appointed but our favourite room is the corner suite with high ceilings, double windows, and wonderful ocean views. If you have the budget then go for a bungalow as they are a lot roomier and feel like a stylish holiday home away from home with lots of arty touches scattered all over the place, making the atmosphere a lot more personal in comparison to most hotels in the area.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The hotel is easily missed among Collins' Avenue's reams of Art-Deco gems, but behind a tall hedge, you will see the top of the Sagamore peep out and sandwiched between other tall rocket-shaped hotel towers. The lobby looks more like an art gallery than actual hotel reception '- the only giveaway is the original hotel counter. The rest of the room displays installations of all sorts which change every so often, just like a real gallery. If you take the corridor to the right of reception, you will find a sitting room to the left and a bar to the right with more contemporary art in the form of quirky video installations.

    The labyrinth of artworks deserves a look in, even if you aren't staying here as the collection is bound to enchant any art aficionado. Hotels in Miami are becoming artier, but none have managed to do it on this level. The owner, Ms 'Cricket' Toplin has been collecting art for over 10 years; the work on show comprises of a mixture of disciplines from photography to collage. Something not to miss is the Stairwell Project, (pictured), a mural project involving young emerging artists set in the hotel's fire exit. You can access this area via a door to the left of the indoor restaurant area.

    The hotel was built in 1949 and unlike many hotels in the city, this hotel has always been the Sagamore. Apart from the rooms which need a bit of a facelift, the rest of the hotel is a small boutique hotel, despite its monumental appearance from the outside. There is only one restaurant, which you cross to get to the 'backyard', where you will find a small gym, a small spa area, an outdoor seating area where you will find video installations projected onto screens hung in the hedge lining the garden, and a small pool. The hotel has its own access to the beach. This area is full of contemporary sculptures, which is in keeping with the rest of the hotel. You will see that the entire hotel is white, which accentuates its Art Hotel status by making it look more like a gallery.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The hotel has two eating options: the pool bar and the gallery restaurant. Both are small and intimate in comparison to other hotels, so if eating in a busy bustling area is your thing, head somewhere else. The gallery space is completely white but the artworks dotted around help to inject colour and atmosphere so that the area feels soothing and relaxing as opposed to cold and sterile. The service is casual, which makes for a welcome change from some hotels' slightly snobby attitude. This space is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the pool bar opens in time for lunch. Guests tend to eat here a couple of times in a week, but there are so many other places to try in the surroundings, that the restaurant space will never feel too full, meaning that there is no need to book (although to be on the safe side, do make a reservation during peak season in January).

    For casual drinks, the Sagamore bar is ideal - also entirely white - with its strange contemporary video installations. There is also 24 hour room service.

    Beach 9.20 /10

    The beach is right across the promenade that lines Miami Beach. The hotel has its own access leading to the beach. The beach is clean, wide, golden, sandy...all the things one would expect from Miami! The water is clean and calm, so there is little risk for the yung'uns, although that is not to say that they should not be supervised! The hotel has a designated beach area where guests have access to sun loungers and parasols (beach service is included in the room rate).

    To know

    If you are planning on visiting Miami by car, do enquire about parking beforehand as it can be extremely expensive in Miami (up to $40 a day!). Hotels usually have their own car park and the cost depends on the season. Wi-fi access comes at a charge. The hotel has several rooms fitted for guests with restricted movement.

    Although the hotel welcomes families, children are not really catered for and have to be very well-behaved when it comes to contact with the art on display.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, beach volley, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The multi-million art collection scattered all around the hotel.
    • Located right on the beach and in the heart of South Beach.
    • Sea views from the rooms.
    • The Stairwell Art Project (pictured) in the hotel's fire escape.

    disadvantages

    • The rooms are in need of a face lift.
    • The hotel could do with installing a full spa.

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