The National Hotel in South Beach: Art Deco Bliss

This morning a friend of mine woke up in South Beach basking in the luxury of the National Hotel on a quick 48-hour weekend away. She took the trip as a solo retreat of sorts from Columbus, Ohio’s grayness and cold. When she called to tell me about her woman-breaking-out-on-her-own plans, gushing giddiness, I felt giddy myself-and a little envious. “You should see this hotel,” she said, delighted to name some of the fine points of her room. She got me with “It overlooks the ocean. ” Currently, I’m overlooking another dusting of snow.

When I checked out the National Hotel’s website, its history and location further sold me. First built in the 1940s with Art Deco details, it was restored and reopened in 1997. The restoration is award-winning and includes original furniture, plus other authentic Art Deco pieces throughout. Being that Art Deco is my absolute favorite, I can imagine how lovely it would be about now to sit in Tamara, the hotel’s restaurant, enjoying the finery while sipping a glass of wine. If that’s not enough, the district of South Beach where the hotel is located is the Art Deco District where there is a visual feast of other restored buildings within walking distance.

I can picture my friend there, wine in hand, right now. And, in two days, will be happy to listen to her tales of just how wonderful it was.