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“Run down hotel in need of a renovation” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Place St. Michel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   162 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134   |  
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Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Coral Gables
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51 hotel reviews
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“Run down hotel in need of a renovation”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I didn't like the Hotel Place St. Michel at all. In fact, the only reason I am not completely panning it is because the service was friendly and courteous. That said, everything about the hotel was run down. The walls, floors, carpets, bathroom fixtures all had mystery stains. Everything creaked and was generally dingy. The hallways felt like something out of a ghost story. Everything needed a good washing and dusting. This is not my kind of place.

Also as others have mentioned, the hotel's first floor windows are currently boarded up and there is no restaurant on premises. I actually walked by the hotel because there was no sign for it and the building looked deserted. My room also didn't have a mini-frig, water, coffee maker or wifi -- all inconvenient since there was no water or coffee to be had anywhere on premises.

I spent 1 night here and 1 night at the nearby Hyatt for about the same price ($180 inc tax) and the Hyatt is infinitely better. I would never stay here again.

Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

We had intended to stay four nights but left after the first. We arrived late after a long trip with a small child, to discover the restaurant (and entire ground floor area) was closed. The incredibly unfriendly man at the front desk told us the restaurant and bar had been sold off a few months ago. This makes the hotel experience unpleasant, the windows on the ground floor are boarded up, and it looks like a construction site. The corridors and rooms are beautifully decorated with period pieces, but not well kept, there were stains in the rugs and the sofa was dusty. We requested a crib for our baby (and called before arrival to confirm) but it took two hours after our arrival for the staff to finally find one, and dump it on the floor for us to set up. There was no sheet and the sides of the crib had stays (they looked like cigarette burns!). Since there was no restaurant we had to go out late at night in a storm to find some food, the take-out suggestions by the hotel staff turned out not to do delivery. A housekeeper turned up to carry our luggage but couldn't lift the suitcases, I could go on... Very disappointing. We didn't want it to ruin our holiday so left for the Biltmore (excellent choice, only 20 dollars more a night).

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Had some family members visitng from Spain stay here, they loved it. The rooms were really clean and neatly decorated. The service was great and the staff was friendly. It was nice and quiet specially at night which was great for rest, best location in the heart of coral gables just 4 blocks away from miracle mile. Great place for the family and will defenitely recommend it to anyone visiting on business or vacation.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

The hotel and room are decorated with beautiful antiques. It is conveniently located in the heart of Coral Gables, FL . The night manager and staff were very helpful and assisted us with parking and information about restaurants in the area.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

We loved this hotel! Each room is individually decorated with beautiful antiques. It is conveniently located in the heart of Coral Gables, FL and just minutes from the airport. We only stayed for one night, as we were flying through, but do plan to return in an extended vacation and explore the beautiful area in the near future.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Key West, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Staying at the Hotel St. Michel is like taking a trip back in time and across the Atlantic -- all in an excellent central location and at a great price. My husband and I recently stayed there on a shopping trip to Miami and we had a very nice (if oddly shaped) room with a king bed. All was clean and functional. The front desk clerk took us up to the third floor in the elevator (which requires an operator!). And even better, restaurants in Coral Gables were still open at 9 p.m., which didn't used to be the case. It's not hipper-than-thou South Beach, but if you're looking for a place to stay in Miami-Dade you can do a lot worse for a lot more.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

We had reservations at a Days Inn and at the last minute, based on trip advisor reviews, we switched to Hotel St. Michel. Everything about our stay was wonderful, including my conversation with the night manager who made our reservation and recommended a restaurant, POC, right across the street, where our entire party met for lunch.
The staff is so friendly and helpful, the hotel is comfortable, clean and has been beautifully restored. I will stay here every time I go to Miami.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Place St. Michel

Address: 162 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134
Location: United States > Florida > Coral Gables
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Coral Gables
#3 Romantic Hotel in Coral Gables
#5 Business Hotel in Coral Gables
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Place St. Michel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A little bit if Paris in Miami. ... more   less 
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