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.