CIRCA 39, Miami Beach, USA

Circa 39 is an upper-mid-range, reasonably priced hotel sandwiched between Miami’s Collins Ave and the oceanfront, a 30-minute walk from South Beach. It has 100 trendy, retro-travel-inspired rooms, all with hardwood floors and white furniture accented by pops of color. Some of the larger rooms and suites have kitchenettes and sofas. Located in Mid-Beach, the hotel has direct beach access, beach equipment, and a mid-size pool surrounded by cabanas and teak loungers. The hotel also has a trendy bar and breezy, popular restaurant, The Jules Kitchen, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Note that, while rates may be reasonable, the hotel has a daily resort fee, in addition to extra fees for breakfast and parking.

From the outside, the Circa 39 hotel looks typical Miami, accented by bright pink pavement, swaying palms, and Art Deco architecture. Inside, the vibe continues with modern furniture and feature walls of bright orange contemporary wallpaper. The tropical garden is a peaceful place to lounge, with rattan pod chairs shaded by banana plants. The medium-sized swimming pool is surrounded by a sun deck outfitted with cabanas and umbrella-shaded chaises. Beyond the pool is a quirky and breezy bar with board games and a daily happy hour. The hotel is well-suited for couples and families who want to be near the beach but away from the frenzy of South Beach.

The sleek and stylish rooms at the Circa 39 are decorated in crisp white, bright green, and polished hardwood. Windows are large, letting in plenty of light through white shutters. Shades of orange and turquoise add pop to the pillows and bed runners. Furniture is funky and 1960s-inspired, including the large orange ceiling fans. Wardrobes have ample storage space and fluffy orange robes inside. Rooms also have coffeemakersmini-fridges, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, SoundFlow alarm clock/music players, air-conditioning, and pillow-top mattresses. Bathrooms are feature square sinks, but lack much counter space. Showers have glass doors, and there are Aveda toiletries and green mosaic glass-tiled walls. Many rooms have views that overlook the swimming pool.

While all beaches in Miami are public, Circa 39 has direct beach access via a five-minute walk down a boardwalk at the back of the hotel. The hotel provides cushioned loungers, towels, and umbrellas on the beach for guests. The swimming pool at the hotel is a decent size, with bright blue sun loungers around it — although it is overlooked by other hotels so can be a bit shady. The fitness center is large enough, with a good range of equipment. The Jules Kitchen cafe is a lively spot featuring outdoor dining, and there’s a bar by the pool. For a fee, guests can use the Aveda spa at Circa 39’s sister hotel, The Palms (a 10-minute walk away). For business travelers, there are two small meeting rooms; the larger one seats up to 30 people. The hotel charges a resort fee that covers free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served daily for a fee.

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