Eat&Drink ECO HOTEL REVIEWS Luxury North America


June 7, 2016 by @VanessaRivers

What happens when you seamlessly combine luxury with sustainability? Welcome to the 1 Hotel South Beach! Located next to the W Hotel, in the perfect location on South Beach, 1 Hotel opened last summer and has quickly become the new “it” luxury hotel in Miami. If you asked me to dream up my perfect luxury eco hotel in the USA, I could honestly not come up with anything better than 1 Hotel South Beach. And that’s not from lack of inspiration. I was raised on a solar-powered ranch in California, and I design a line of luxe eco swimwear, so I pride myself on being an expert on not much other than luxury, sustainability, and finding the best cocktails around the world, all three of which come together to create the perfect stay at 1 Hotel South Beach.

Their mission is simple:
the world around us is beautiful and we want to do our best to keep it that way.

As the first mission-driven luxury hotel brand, where nature inspires everything, 1 Hotels wants to make an impact by re-inventing the industry standard for socially responsible hospitality. They aren’t just focused on making their hotels better, they want to make the world better, and aspire for 1 Hotels to be a platform to spark conversations that transform the hotel industry. The hotel industry (and travel industry in general) is notoriously wasteful, so it is exciting that 1 Hotels is paving the way for a new generation of sustainable luxury hotels. There are so many reasons I love the new 1 Hotel South Beach but here are a few of the highlights.



1 Hotels are designed to capture the natural light and bring it indoors, and this seamless transition is felt throughout 1 Hotel South Beach, especially in the beautifully designed eco rooms. In our Ocean View King, the glass of the shower was created to be the bathroom wall allowing a seamless flow of energy through the space, and making the already oversized room feel even larger. Combine this with an all white minimalist design, beach wood fishing and special touches like a bamboo speakers, closet hangers made from recycled newspaper and an in-room water filtration system, to remove the use of plastic bottles and offer an unlimited fresh supply of drinking water, plus a killer ocean view, and you’ve got the perfect luxury eco escape. And I should probably warn you that the bedding is very comfortable, making it hard to get out of bed in the morning… or afternoon.



There are an array of eco amenities offered at the hotel but my favorite is the in-room digital 1 Guide that lets you go paperless and text any and every request to your concierge team. Want to sign up for a sunrise yoga class? Simply scroll through the device, find the class you want, and hit sign up (see video below). Want your room made up while you are at the beach? Text housekeeping to please come clean your room now and it will be done when you return. Want a dinner reservation for tomorrow night? I recommend Casa Tua, Prime 112, STK (literally next door), Beachcraft (inside 1 Hotel SB) and Estiatorio Milos. Text your request to the concierge team and they will message you back your dinner confirmation. Of course, you can also pick up the 1 Guide and call in your requests, but now you have a textual relationship going with 1 Hotel South Beach and this good of a thing is hard to find with any other hotel.


There are three pools to choose from at 1 Hotel South Beach, but my personal favorite is the adults-only Rooftop Pool. Here you can kick back, relax, and enjoy lunch, drinks and dinner at the bar area, poolside, or in your own private rooftop cabana that boasts built-in champagne buckets and the best view of South Beach. The food is healthy, fresh, and delicious, and the cocktails are amazing – try the frozen mojito or frozen vodka lemonade, and let your worries fade away. The 1 Rooftop (@The1Rooftop) is hands down my new favorite spot in Miami because of the unbeatable chill factor, great cocktails, good service, and the amazing ocean views!

See the website for latest offers and rates at 1 Hotel South Beach.














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My Mom passed away from cancer when I was 25, and the first Mother’s Day after her passing a Monarch Butterfly landed on my shoulder and sat there for almost an hour. Now, when I see butterflies, I think of her and know she is with me always, so you can imagine how I felt when I looked down from our balcony and saw this mural.









Have you been to 1 Hotel South Beach? Have you stayed at another eco hotel?
Please share your experience in the comments section below!

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  • Reply Vanessa Vincent June 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I absolutely love the 1 hotel in South Beach!! This review truly captures its essence. I can’t wait to go back!!

  • Reply Anna Elbek June 8, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Wow! I think I can live there!! Such a beautiful place with an amazing purpose… And digital concierge communication!!!
    I am definitely staying here on my next Miami trip!!
    Thanks for the info!

  • Reply Misha June 8, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Guess I’ll try this one on my next jaunt to Miami. Great images, great post.

  • Reply EVH June 8, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Um, this this is a dream.

  • Reply Roger June 10, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Excellent review! Yeah the 1 Hotel is the 1st! Next time when you come, pray for windy and try to visit Skybanditz Kitesurfing School, the Concierge team always recommend us, you your experience can be more completely! Thank you!!

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