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Congress Hotel South Beach

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1052 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Formerly The Strand)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Long Island, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2008

We just returned from three incredible days celebrating our anniversary at The Strand. This was our third trip and it just keeps getting better. I will try to include everything. First, our room was perfect. 5th floor w/direct ocean view and overlooking Ocean Drive. Two balconies, full kitchen, large super clean bathroom, and the most comfortable king (or bigger maybe)... More 

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columbus, ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2008

This was far and away the WORST hotel experience we have ever had from start to finish. It was so bad that we checked out at 3am and went down the street to the Loews which was fantastic. The beds at the Strand were broken, the staff was beyond rude, and the place smelled like it hadnt been cleaned in... More 

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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2008

I had read a couple reviews about The Strand being noisy (because of it's location right on Ocean Drive), but we slept like babies! In fact the bed was more comfortable than ours at home! My husband and I were there for our 5th anniversary and they had balloons and special pillows and a card for us. Everything about The... More 

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Bermuda
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 hotel reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2008

This hotel is in a great location if you stay up late and don't mind noise. It has a rooftop pool with view of the beach. I stayed for 3 nights in February and my rate was $449 plus taxes. 1 night deposit charged before arrival. At check-in I was presented with a list of addtion fees that it was... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2008

What a great, relaxing, and very stylish hotel. Upon arrival, I was greeted by name by the "Manager of Desires." While I really had no desires, other than a desire to relax, it was nice to be offered her services, in person, and to have her follow up with a phone call every day to determine whether I needed anything.... More 

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central florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2008

We stay in south beach about three times a year, This was the first time we stayed at the strand. It was great! The staff (especially ELOY) were all incredibly nice and helpful. The room was huge. We stayed in one bedroom suite with an ocean view and balcony. It was right on ocean drive. We have stayed at the... More 

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san francisco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2008

I used to live on South Beach so I thought I knew what to expect when I booked the Strand. I booked and Ocean front one bedroom suite. I called three times before I arrived to make sure it was an "Ocean front suite" like in the website and not a one bedroom "ocean view suite". I was assured that... More 

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NYC
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2008

I've stayed at The Strand 3 times now. You will notice from the reviews that they are all over the place, either 5's or 1's. The issue is noise. The Strand is right on Ocean Drive in the center of the action. Rooms near the front of the building will be noise!! So if you are looking for a quite... More 

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London
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2008

DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL! I stayed here with some friends in December 2007 and I would never stay here again. In fact I wouldn't even stay there for free! We flew in from the UK and were obviously very jetlagged for the first 2 days. We probably slept one hour each night. The bars on South Beach play... More 

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hospitality101, Front Office Manager at Congress Hotel South Beach, responded to this review

We are truly sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us and it is true that Ocean Drive is not always the best place to relax and unwind, but The Strand is taking proactive steps to ensure our guest's comfort. We are working with Miami Beach Code Enforcement in order to keep both of the restaurants' music level at... More 

Bradenton, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2008

As in other reviews, I can't argue that there were some spots on the carpet and it was noisy. But come on, its South Beach. My wife and I go down every year and usually stay mid beach but this year choose the Strand based on trip advisor. We loved it. We thought as retirees we would feel out of... More 

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