The Daddy O Hotel offers a wonderful location in the relaxed Bay Harbor Islands area of Miami Beach, but the property is in need of some major TLC and the staff and services are a bit chilly by the friendly standards of South Florida.
Upon check in, our first room was populated by flies and featured a smattering of very prominent stains on the carpet. The headboard of the bed had a layer of dust and grime at least a half-inch thick. The rooms windows were old, stained, and did not lock...a discerning feature for a ground-floor room. That first impression stuck with me for the remainder of my stay. It was apparently that the property was simply going through the motions.
We were moved to an adjacent room that also featured stained carpets (I'm talking big, black, ugly stains, not just normal wear and tear) but was slightly cleaner.
The room itself was good enough, but certainly not high end boutique. Basic TV, bed, and bathroom features. Room was stocked for one person even though we were a couple.
The hotel staff had a weird vibe. I asked to get change for a $100 dollar bill and was told it was not possible. I've never stayed at a hotel that couldn't make change before, and considering the rates Daddy O charges, you'd think breaking a mere $100 would not be a big deal.
Our first night we were able to have to front desk call a taxi for us, however afterwards it was simply not possible. There were a lot of events in the area, however we passed MANY hotels on the beach that had 3-5 cabs cycling through at all times. Daddy O seems to hold little clout with the taxi companies and was not able to do much for guests in regard to transportation.
One evening, I purchased a bottle of wine from the front desk. Daddy O Chardonnay, which turned out to be a store bought brand with a sticker slapped on it. When I bought the wine, the front desk clerk handed me two wine glasses. Both were dirty. The clerk said "Yeah, that's just from the dishwasher."
I pointed out the visible chunk of matter on my glass (not just water stain, but a chunk of food or something.) He shrugged it off and cooly handed me another glass. He then tossed me a corkscrew and told me to have at it. Not exactly service with a smile.
Parking is odd, with ten spots along the side of the building and metered locations around the block. It's first come, first served. We got very lucky and were able to find a spot most of the time, but when we couldn't it was a time wasting hassle looking for spots.
Breakfast is lame, consisting of basically bread. A lot of bread. If you like bread, you're in luck. If not, there are some great bistros around the corner that offer real breakfast food.
I really like the Bay Harbor Islands / Bal Harbour neighborhood, and Daddy O has a lot of potential with its location and could be greatly improved with some deep cleaning, window upgrades, and customer service training for the staff. In its current state, however, I would have to pass on visiting the property again and would not recommend it to my friends and family. I paid for a boutique and ended up with a chain-hotel type of experience.