I just completed a three night stay at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel South Beach Miami. Even though I was there for a meeting/event, I had plenty of opportunity to experience the hotel, breakfast, and beach.
Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel South Beach Bottom Line
My feelings about this hotel are mixed. My room was attractively designed, but without a balcony, no view of the beach or pool, and a tiny bathroom. Staff I interacted with were great. The pool was nice but they often played loud music, so it was far from relaxing. The beach setup was great. There was a beach attendant who would bring over chairs and set up umbrellas as needed. Breakfast was pricey, but it is free for Diamond elites who choose it as a welcome amenity, and it was very good. Overall I enjoyed my stay. I’d be happy to stay again if invited to another event there, but if I was on my own I’d prefer to try another hotel next time.
- Cost varies (see details below)
- Resort fee: $39 per day
- Kimpton stuff: The resort offers complementary wine each afternoon, coffee and tea each morning, bikes, and a gift if you tell the Kimpton secret password at check-in (currently: pick-a-stick). I got a hotel branded baseball cap.
- Elite benefits: Diamond elite members can choose a welcome amenity: 1) daily breakfast for two; 2) $30 minibar credit; or 3) 600 points. Daily breakfast is, by far, the most valuable option. Breakfast includes most things on the breakfast menu except specialty drinks. Theoretically Platinum and Diamond members have the chance to be upgraded to a nicer room, but that didn’t happen in my case.
Pros & Cons
- Beach setup: I loved the easy beach access and the attentiveness of the beach attendant.
- Good breakfast
- Excellent attentive staff
- Attractive common areas and room
- Loud music at the pool
- My room had a very small bathroom with almost no shower water pressure at all (some others I spoke with had good water pressure so this seems to be a problem only in certain rooms)
- No ocean view. I didn’t have anything close to an ocean view, and from the way the building is set up, it seems unlikely to me that any rooms have good ocean views.
Prices vary tremendously, as you can see in the two calendars below. In November, cash rates range from $227 to $930 per night. Point prices in November range from 34,000 to 120,000 points per night.
The Surfcomber charges a resort fee of $39 per night ($44.46 after taxes). This is charged regardless of whether you pay the cash rate or with points or a free night certificate.
The website says that the resort fee covers the following:
- Daily activities
- 2 Beach lounge chairs
- 2 pool towels
- Kids beach area with toys
- Backyard games for all ages
- Weekend yoga classes
- Bikes (first come, first serve)
- 10% off Museum of Illusions
- Business services like printing, faxing, and local & long distance calls
The only services listed above that I used were the pool towels and beach chairs.
Pool & Beach