We were invited to a wedding at the St. Regis Hotel in Bal Harbor, Florida, where the rooms, even with the wedding discount, ran $550 a night. To her credit, my wife instead chose the Daddy O for our hotel, where it was about half that per night and only 6/10ths of a mile from the St. Regis (which I must add appeared to be a superb hotel, especially for a wedding).
Daddy O is a small hotel, only two floors, and in that we took a cab to and from the airport, we needed no car. Our family (myself, wife and daughter) did just fine in one room. We all loved the super-coffee machine that served up everything from hot water to machianos and lattes on demand, at no additional expense. The continental breakfasts were a great deal, also included -- and allowed us to enjoy a long conversation with another couple staying there. During our talk, we mentioned the two states that legalized marijuana in the November elections. We remembered Colorado but while guessing on the other, we got some help from the front desk attendant -- Washington State. Until now, I'd never known a hotel employee to double as Factcheck.org -- and thanked her for it. On our departure, she also ordered up a taxicab that cost considerably less than the cab we rode in on. (One other surprising aspect of this hotel, though we didn't avail ourselves of the service: It offers free international calls.) The only possible criticism I have is that the walls were thin and you could hear conversations in the hallway and adjoining rooms. This wasn't much more than a minor annoyance.