WHERE YOU STAY SETS THE TONE OF ANY VACATION – WHETHER IT’S A HOME RENTAL OR HOTEL. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN HIGH TOURIST DESTINATIONS LIKE MIAMI. BUT TUCKED AMONG THE BEVY OF HOTELS ALONG THE SHORELINE OF COLLINS AVE. SITS A MID-CENTURY GEM SINGING WELCOME TO MIAMI A LA WILL SMITH.
THE CONFIDANTE is a part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, which includes boutique concepts from old to new in the collection. This property is the cool kid on the block, without being too cool for school.
300+ rooms stretch out among three towers; two dating to the 1950s and updated with mid-century tendencies throughout like terrazzo floors, brass hardware and graphic textiles. The rooms are spacious with chic beachy accents and amenities like Wi-Fi, in-room safes, a retro bar cart and mini-bar, large flat screens, rain showers, wall built-in USB ports. Jonathan Adler amenities in bathrooms make taking advantage of the giant tubs built into walk-in showers a dream. Select suites feature the über-chic Plum Wine Dispensers (think vino on demand) allowing for single pours or tastings of select wines with the touch of a button. No need to call room service or wait. The one in our suite was dispensing Evesham Wood Pinot Noir and Justin Sauvignon Black (6oz pour is $12–$16).
There’s an adult pool as well as a children’s/family pool; both are heated and surrounded by colorful cabanas and bungalows beckoning complete relaxation or the exact opposite – depending on the mood! And although they are side by side separated by a public walkway, the distance is just enough to make the adult side a peaceful haven or party central and the family side a kid-friendly party-zone complete with blow-up swans and unicorns. Saturdays turn into their signature “Backyard Saturday” with local DJs spinning tunes poolside.
I love the boutique feel of this property and the attention to local details from CAFECITO BAR, which opens at 6am offering delicious local Panther coffee while giving a nod to Cuban influences in Miami, to BIRD & BONE, the Southern-inspired restaurant led by local celeb chef RICHARD HALES. His hands-on approach is evident in the quality of the menus. From whole pan-seared snapper to lamb shank and an enviable burger – even the veggies are given attention and not at all an afterthought. A vegan/vegetarian or “whateverian” could make a whole meal out of the sides. But this is a Hyatt property, known for its event space, and even this detail is given careful consideration. By concentrating event spaces on the second floor, The Confidante offers exquisitely decorated event/cocktail space in one consistent area creating concentrated event/work space. What this achieves is workers still get a beautiful space to, well, work – while vacationers still get to stay away from the “work feel” and experience their vacation.
And although some may say, you can’t be everything to everyone, The Confidante is having no problem fitting into that niche.
Nightly rates start at $249. For more information, visit www.theconfidantehotel.com.
4041 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33140
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