HH Review: The Nautilus South Beach

Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, is a darling oceanfront property nestled on Collins and 18th in Miami Beach. Built and designed in 1950 by Morris Lapidus, the hotel's midcentury architecture, and "European beach house" design aesthetic makes for a very stylish home away from home. Palm trees, bold velvet couches and contemporary art adorn the otherwise minimal lobby. The little coffee stand opposite the front desk serves my favorite coffee bean of all time, La Colombe, which is unfortunately not as common in South Florida as I'd like! Took me back to my New York City living days.  

Follow the art lined hallways to Nautilus Cabana Club, the hotel's Mediterranean Restaurant serving simple, fresh bites prepared with locally sourced ingredients. During lunch service, the outdoor terrace was quiet enough to claim as my office for the day. I ordered the chopped salad: mixed greens, roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, and steak on top- the perfect (semi) light lunch. Beyond the Nautilus Cabana Club you'll find a heated saltwater pool complete with an underwater sound system. The fabulous poolside lounge offers plenty of daybeds and 14 private cabanas- each including a dining table, minibar and state of the art entertainment system. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the pool deck's weekly events!

I must take a moment to praise the room size. Very rarely do you find yourself stepping into a boutique hotel room on the beach not instantly feeling claustrophobic. A+ for comfort! The mini bars in the room are precious, made from old vintage leather chests. Open the chest and you'll find a Nespresso machine and a fully stocked (fully amazing) minibar. With a liquor and snack selection like that, you may not even leave your room. Bathrooms are stocked with REN products and knee length robes that you'll probably want to take home as a little souvenir. The rooms are simple and bright; with orange and dark blue accents and nautical furniture pieces to complete the beach house look. 

Before you call it a night, stop by the sunken lobby bar for a nightcap. You won't miss the restored “staircase to nowhere”  and bold architechtural and design features curated by Morris Lapidus. Kick it at the bar with a cocktail and some light bites (also available late night) and a game of foosball for the perfect pre (or post) party hangout. 

Additional property features:

  • The Spa Lounge offers a variety of indulgent treatments and Eminence botanical skin care collections
  • The Bridge Room: A 2,500 square foot private meeting and event space holds up to 200 guests for that private cocktail party you've always dreamed of throwing
  • Unwind at the gorgeous open-air rooftop overlooking the oceanfront. When you catch those sunset views, you'll fall in love too.