Circa 39 boutique hotel is the perfect choice for a Miami getaway, for the beach and city adventures alike.
After disembarking from our cruise aboard the Fathom Adonia, my sister and I decided to stay an extra night in Miami. Of course, it’s really nice to have an extra day’s vacation in a city as vibrant as Miami. However, our reason this time around was purely practical. We happened to be cruising during the week of American Thanksgiving.
As two Canadian girls, we didn’t think that taking a vacation this week had any special significance. After all, we celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday back in October. When we compared the prices for flights, they skyrocketed on the Sunday that we arrived back in port. At that point, we clued in that it was the week of Thanksgiving in the United States. That Sunday was one of the busier travel days of the year. Robyn and I thought it would be best to take an extra day in Miami – and save a lot of money by flying back home on the Monday.
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And we got to soak up an extra day of sunshine. It was a very good decision.
We stayed overnight at Circa 39 boutique hotel, located Mid Beach on Collins Avenue.
Circa 39 (3900 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) is within walking distance of a beautiful beach, popular shopping areas, and the Art Deco district. If you don’t feel like walking, it’s very easy to take an Uber around Miami. We took an Uber from Circa 39 to the Wynwood Arts District for only $3! I really love this area of Miami Beach. It’s more laid back and quiet. The beach is directly across the street. There weren’t many people on this stretch of beach when we visited, and there’s a boardwalk for a morning walk or jog.
We had a room on the second floor, and it was an easy elevator ride up to the room upon our arrival. We were very thankful that we were allowed in the room as early as 10:30am! I can’t promise that this is always typical. It was super convenient as we disembarked the cruise early in the morning, and we were able to check in right away. If you require an early check-in, it’s best to inquire ahead of time. Otherwise, your luggage will be safely stored until your room is available.
The decor simply screams MIAMI! A showy, patterned wall in green and white covered one wall. There were pillows and curtains in orange, and cushions and small pillows in blue. Entering this room boosted my spirits. I was instantly reminded that even though my cruise holiday was over, the vacation was still on! Unique and colorful artwork, as well as historic maps of the city covered another wall.
The room included a small fridge, an in-room safe, a flat screen TV, ample storage space, and a coffee maker.
The bathroom was spacious and clean, with striking green tiles and a large shower. Deluxe Aveda toiletries were included. There’s also an Aveda spa on site, should you wish to pamper yourself.
The swimming pool was surrounded by loungers and cozy cabanas, as well as lush greenery and palm trees. You’d never know that a busy city street were on the other side of the pool area. It’s a peaceful oasis away from the bustling city. I recommend alternating between swimming in the pool and relaxing at the beach. Both are invigorating and rejuvenating experiences. There’s also poolside food and beverage service, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be lounging by the pool with a mojito in your hand!
The lobby of Circa 39 welcomes you with that Miami vibe. Colorful patterned decor and thoughtfully placed plants adorn the entrance. The restaurant, Jules Kitchen, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We enjoyed a hearty breakfast and dined outside to enjoy the fresh air. As a vegan, I had no problems eating breakfast here. I ate fresh fruit, roasted potatoes, and granola. A coffee shop at the back of the restaurant ensures that you’ll always have access to a freshly brewed cup of coffee or specialty coffee beverage.
The bar has a Happy Hour with many local brews and cocktails. There are seats at the bar and couches by the window. Pull up a chair and savor your drink of choice!
There’s also free WiFi throughout the hotel.
While we didn’t have the chance to try it, there’s a small gym on site with cardio and weight equipment.
From the moment we arrived, the staff at the front reception desk were friendly and helpful. We were warmly welcomed and all the details of the hotel were fully explained to us. The towels for the beach were already in our room, and there was a private section of loungers reserved for the hotel across the street at the beach. The staff had our room ready at 10:30am, which was way before check-in time. Every time we left and entered the hotel, we were greeted with a smiling face.
Our server at the restaurant was attentive and quick to deliver any food or drink that we desired.
Check out all of my travel photos from this trip to Miami in this Miami photo album! You can purchase prints, canvas art, and all kinds of unique housewares.
From the splashy hotel decor to the receptive attitude of the staff, I highly recommend Circa 39 boutique hotel in Miami, Florida. The location is ideal for a Miami vacation. There’s a luxurious spa, lavish pool, and a peaceful beach across the road. You can easily walk or take an Uber at a low cost all over the city. It’s easy to get out and explore all that Miami has to offer.
With a restaurant and bar on site, the swimming pool, and the beach, you really don’t even have to leave Circa 39. It’s a destination in itself. Staying at this hotel lays the groundwork for a relaxing holiday in Miami Beach.
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Lauren is the full-time travel blogger and content creator behind Justin Plus Lauren. She started Justin Plus Lauren in 2013 and has travelled to 45+ countries around the world. Lauren is an expert on vegan travel as one of the very first vegan travel bloggers. She also focuses on outdoor adventure travel, eco and sustainable travel, and creating amazing travel itineraries for cities and small towns.