South Beach, Miami
The Taft, Kenmore, Bel Aire and Davis are original Art Deco hotels, that like most similar architecture, built to stand the test of time. As standalone hotel offerings, back in the day, you know that if these walls could talk, they would tell tales on each other. Although set so closely together, they were never operated as one cohesive unit for guests. Today, banded together as the Washington Park Hotel, sharing a pool, adorable garden and a whole lot of sass, It’s quite nifty. All behind an original privacy wall made to look like bubbles rising out of a fountain. It’s a bit of whimsy that separates guests from the hustle and bustle of the day going by.
Sitting in the garden and being catapulted backwards to an era that is more than eighty years in the rearview mirror is a perfect way to take in South Beach for what it once was and what you should really come here to be a part of. There’s nothing like an authentic experience, being brought au currant, to satisfy that travel bug that brought you to Miami in the first place. Here they’ve cordoned off a bit of history and retrofit it to the needs of the traveler of the moment. In the heart of all the action, WPH is a bastion of fun and frivolity of deco decadence. The suites and rooms are all appointed with Beekman 1802 goat milk soap and amenities, another thread of consistency that quality from the past is enduring. Here, they take you way back, in a good way.
This is a sweet spot in the heart of South Beach.
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