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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Kaltved

Moxy Is a South Beach Gem

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Marriott Moxy Miami South Beach Andrea Kaltved

If you have ever been to the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, you have visited the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world. With 800 buildings showing off pastels, geometric lines, and chrome trim, it's no wonder the Art Deco Historic District has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.

Right in the middle of this gorgeous neighborhood is Moxy Miami South Beach. This hotel, which is part of the Marriott collection, sits on the corner of 9th St. and Washington Ave., just two blocks from Ocean Drive and the famed beach. And let me tell you... it is definitely one cool place to stay!

The Location

Let me expand a little further on the location, because Moxy is really in the heart of everything. As mentioned above, the beach is two blocks east of the hotel. You can easily walk there, or you can use one of Moxy's free bicycles. At the beach, you will find their Beach Hut, which will allow you to use two premium beach chairs per room for free upon showing your room keycard. They also have jet ski and banana boat rentals.

Immediately adjacent to the beach is Ocean Drive, which is teeming with bars, restaurants, and historic buildings. Most notably, Mango's Tropical Cafe is on the corner of Ocean Drive and 9th St., which makes it a 4 minute walk from Moxy. Also nearby on Washington Ave. is the delicious 11th Street Diner (previously featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives). I highly recommend stopping by for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack. Ask for Jamie as your server, he was fabulous. A few blocks farther north on Washington Ave. is Miami Ink (Love Hate Tattoo Studio), made famous on the eponymous TLC show. Up and down Washington Ave. you will also find bakeries, restaurants, convenience and drug stores, souvenir shops, and more!

The Lobby

Inside the lobby of Moxy Miami South Beach, you will find cleanliness, adorable South Beach-esque decor, and amble seating of all kinds. There are several different groupings of comfortable couches, a bar with seating both at the bar, as well as at tables around the perimeter, and outdoor seating in the courtyard. But beware, if you aren't used to the Miami heat and humidity, you won't last out there for long! Rounding out the lobby is a small check in desk (and by small, I mean we had to search to find it!) and a small cafe that serves breakfast and lunch - I highly recommend the chocolate croissants!

The Restaurant

On the 2nd floor, you will find both the pool and Serena, the rooftop restaurant. Upon checkin we were given a coupon for a free appetizer at Serena and two tokens for complimentary champagne in the lobby bar. We had dinner that night at Serena and it was fantastic. The free appetizer was chips and three very different kinds of salsa. That might sound slightly boring, but let me put it this way - I gobbled it up and I don't even like salsa! For dinner we ordered the Gringa Pollo Quesadilla. I can say without hesitation that this was the best quesadilla I have ever had. Beware - it is huge and filling. We shared it and couldn't finish. I would have loved to try a cocktail, but they were unfortunately quite overpriced, so we opted for the free champagne at the lobby bar after dinner.

The Rooms

I will think fondly of our room at Moxy for quite a while. I will note right up front that these rooms are small. We had a room with one king bed, so I'm sure the queen rooms are a bit larger. But what they lack in size they more than make up for in charm.

These are not your average, cookie-cutter hotel rooms. One entire wall was floor-to-ceiling windows. We did not have a great view, but then again we didn't pay to upgrade to a great view, either. We did, however, have a giant palm tree right outside our window that blocked most of the alley. When lying in bed, the palm tree was all I could see.

These rooms had a total South Beach vibe to the color scheme, but a modern twist to the finishings. See the pictures below of the "closet" and the bathroom. And speaking of the bathroom, that shower is the best hotel shower I have ever had. My father always judges a hotel room by its shower and has rightly taught me to do the same. There are three categories - Amazing, Average, and I Would Be Cleaner If I Had Spit On Myself. This shower sits at the very top of Amazing.

The bed was ridiculously comfortable and there was a large flat-screen TV mounted on the wall just in front of it. There was also a frosted window from the bedroom into the shower that was insanely adorable. The only complaint I have about this room is that the walls are paper thin, which meant that we could hear all conversations in the hallway, as well as every door opening and closing. Luckily, it is a quiet hotel (which was surprising for a hotel in this location) and the elevator is in its own lobby which is separated by a security door from the hallway that the guest rooms are located in.

I loved that check out wasn't until noon. We were sailing on Virgin Voyages later in the day and they don't board until later. After we checked out at noon, Moxy held our luggage for us for free while we went down to 11th Street Diner for lunch and did some shopping. When we came back, they retrieved our luggage for us and we waited in the well-air conditioned lobby for our Uber. One thing to note is that Ubers pick up on Washington Ave., not on the backside of the hotel where the main entrance is.

Long story long, I would absolutely stay at Moxy Miami South Beach again and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to stay in South Beach at a hotel that has the three Cs - Convenient, Clean, and Cute!

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