This was my first stay at the National and it’s become my favorite South Beach hotel. Yes, the renovation has a great style. The pool is wonderful, but the main reason to go to the National is the people. Every staff member I met from front desk to bartenders to waiters to housekeeping was incredibly helpful and friendly. Their skills go far beyond being well trained in customer service. They appear to be “family” and they happily adopted me. As a single traveler, that meant a lot to me. I look forward to the next reunion.
Tip - Spend the extra few dollars and book a Cabana room. Larger, newer room with a private balcony.