I hopped on my first flight and headed down to Miami Beach for my first solo vacation. Check out those details later on this blog post. I’ve been to Miami many times. Usually I’ve gone for college Spring Break so the hotel didn’t really matter. Even in my twenties, we stayed at places that weren’t amazing, but they had happy hour and were close to the beach. When you’re young, that’s all you really need. This time, I wanted to stay at places with nice amenities and away from the Spring Break crowds. I decided to treat myself for a year of hard work. *dances*
The Confidante Miami Beach
I was in Miami for 5 days in late March 2021. Monday through Wednesday I stayed at The Confidante Miami Beach. This is a Hyatt property. What attracted me to this property is #1 the beach location. The Confidante is located in Mid-Beach. So if you still want lots to do, but don’t want to be right in the South Beach mix, you’ll like this property. Next up, there is an adults only pool on property if you want to be away from kids. That’s a double yes for me when trying to relax.
Each room comes with 2 Beach chairs a short walk away. Unfortunately due to COVID, the spa was closed. But there was plenty more for me to do. The Confidante has a cute backyard bar with full service in addition to the pool and beach full service they also have a really nice restaurant on-site called Ambersweet. It’s partially outdoor, but I suggest you book ahead. Depending on what you’re going for, the rooms might be really important. I got a king, ocean view room with a balcony. I suggest this for 1-2 people. It’s spacious and was nice to wake up to that gorgeous view. The balcony is tall (assuming for safety). Tall balconies are a struggle for us short people though lol. I hope to be back soon on this property.
Moxy Miami South Beach
Wednesday through Friday of my stay I moved to the new Moxy South Beach. This is def if you want to be more in the mix. You can spend a full day just in the hotel lobby if you want to. When you check in they give you a token for a glass of Prosecco. That token sets the mood for your stay.
I picked this hotel for the 2nd leg of my trip due to the rooftop. It’s so beautiful. There is a 2nd floor pool which isn’t very spectacular to look at. On the top floor, there is a smaller pool and the entire rooftop is lounge chairs, games and beautiful views. I spent sunset up there and it didn’t disappoint. If you do want to get off property, 2 bikes come with your room. You can ride around South Beach for 2 hours free.
Moxy Miami South Beach doesn’t have room service which is a downside. But the downstairs taco stand is open all day. You can get coffee in the morning or tacos all day. On the 2nd floor, they have a great restaurant Serena. It’s suggested you make reservations for the Serena Rooftop as it gets crowded. I went right at 11AM before anyone was there. April 2021, they’re opening 2 new restaurants on property. So of course, I’ll have to go back and try those.
If room views are important to you, you’ll struggle at the Moxy. Because the hotel is in a strip, the rooms face other buildings, alleys, and even dirty rooftops. I had a top floor room below the roof that was supposed to be ocean view, but the oceans was overthrown by the dirty rooftops. The suite was really fab, but wish it had better views. The suite has a mini bar, wrap around couch, 2 TVs, king bed and 2 bathroom areas. Also, if you have never stayed at a Moxy, know the regular king rooms aren’t huge. If views are better taken in by you outside of your room; then you’ll love the hotel.
Take your pick, but I think these are 2 great options for older adults looking to travel to Miami. Which one sounds more like your speed? Do you have any other Miami Beach hotels I should try on my next visit? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to check out my post on solo travel tips. It has more on COVID restrictions and the year Miami out Spring Breakers on lockdown.