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Kimpton Surfcomber Miami Beach Florida – One Bedroom Ocean Front Terrace Suite

a pool with chairs and palm trees with Hearst Castle in the background

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Kimpton Surfcomber Miami Beach Florida

This past weekend I attended a Bilt Advisor Retreat where we not only learned a lot about the progress of the program and where its future is headed ( really exciting things in the next couple of weeks, and even more over the next year ), but also gained an incredible amount of insight into loyalty programs via Dave Canty who has headed SPG, Jetblue, IHG, and now Bilt Rewards. The Kimpton Surfcomber hosted the event, IHG is a partner of Bilt Rewards, and I was given room and board for the weekend. I wasn’t given any normal room, I was given their largest advertised suite: a One Bedroom Ocean Front Terrace Suite.

Sure, I’m an IHG diamond member, but most of the Bilt Advisory board has this status, and didn’t receive any upgrades…so keep that in mind. I undoubtedly was given this suite because of my association with Bilt + social media following and thought even though this isn’t representative of a normal experience, it would still be worthwhile to see the room and hear my thoughts.

The biggest thing I would point out is that the Rosewood hotel is under construction just north of the hotel. I could hear constuction pretty early, and of course, South beach is party central, but I’d assume that is why you’d choose this location over another.

Stay Details:

  • October 2022
  • One Bedroom Ocean Front Terrace Suite
  • Room 281
  • IHG One Rewards Diamond Status
    • Hot Breakfast as a benefit

a walkway with tables and chairs in a park

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First Impression

I love the art-deco design of the hotels along South Beach, but if I’m being honest, at 42…I’m not a massive fan of the South Beach party vibe and the Kimpton Surfcomber is right in the thick of the action. If you’re looking for a packed saturday afternoon party pool with bumping music – this is your spot. If you’re not…there are other Kimptons in the city that may be up your alley a bit more.

a lobby with a large reception desk and a chair

Check-In

I checked in later at night and it was quick and easy. Don’t forget the Kimpton secret password ( we had a special one for the event ). As a diamond member I was given the choice of the following:

  • Free Hot breakfast for 2
  • 600 IHG points
  • $30 raid the mini bar credit

I chose breakfast which is served in the hotel lobby restaurant and was very good! So good…I forgot to take pictures

The 1 bedroom ocean front terrace suite

The room felt newly refreshed and exudes that South Beach/Palm Springs, Retro 60s vibe. Immediately upon entering you’ll see a large living room. I believe the suite measures between 700 and 750 square feet and features an nespresso machine in the living room.a living room with a couch and a tv

If you were to choose the raid the mini bar – here’s what your choices would be. There is also a full size fridge in the bedroom. The cheese plate I believe was in response to the retreat and not a perk of diamond status, but I didn’t confirm this. I wouldn’t expect it though.

And the bedroom featuring a large king size bed. The water on the bedside is $10 a bottle, but If you wait until turn down you’ll be given a couple of free bottles.

a bed in a room

Large walk in closet with safe

a closet with a small ironing board and clothes

The Bathroom was quite small considering the size of the closet and the suite itself. The rain shower had great pressure.

a bathroom with a glass shower and sinkThe terrace is why you’d choose this room and it is very large. You can see in this picture the construction, but also how the terrace wraps around the building and offers multiple seating options.

a balcony with chairs and a couchHere’s a look from the other direction overlooking the pool.

a patio with a chair and a table

The pool and cabanas

The pool Is wonderfully large, but if you are there during peak party hours it’s pretty packed. Great if that’s your thing, the energy around the pool is DJ central and super fun. I didn’t really partake in any of those activities since I was on a work trip, but this would be a dope spot if you’re looking for a fun pool and hotel combo.

a pool with a fountain and chairs

Alongside the pools are cabanas that you can rent and have waiter service.

In between the pool and the beach is another bar area that brings the beach to the hotel. You can also venture out to the beach where there are lounge chairs and full service.

a group of tables and chairs on a beach

Nightly Happy Hour

Each night between 5pm and 6pm there are appetizers and wine served in the lobby

a table with food on it

Overall

I would absolutely come back and after staying at the Confidante further north twice in the past year, I’d much prefer this hotel to it. The Confidante is in dire need of its upcoming renovation and rebranding as an Andaz, and the Kimpton is just primed for business. The staff were great and the diamond breakfast was very good. Don’t forget Kimpton hotels are pet friendly, and if I were to return with my wife and dog, I’d be happy to stay here if South Beach were our destination.

I’m heavily leaning toward rebooking this hotel for next year’s Bitcion convention since it would be far easily to walk to/fro because of its location.

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