The Owners of this place maintain three things: the pool, the lobby, and the garden area. These are very nice. The room is another story. The floors are terrazo with the finish long worn off -- so it's basically concrete. The beds were mediocre at best, and the blankets had holes in them. Several drawers in the kitchen were literally coming apart at the joints. Old plumbing (functional but highly unpredictable hot water in the shower). Tiny tv. Lots of ants in the kitchen because the windows are not sealed properly. Everything looks vintage 1992, when Hurricane Andrew came through. On the plus side, the windows are heavy duty. With the window air conditioner on, the construction noise was not very loud. Not sure how noisy the rooms by the gardens would be as they are closer to the building.
In the parking lot, there are several large potholes that require drivers to slalom to avoid them. Note that with the construction on the high rise condos going on next door, if you want to face away from the construction, you need to get the basic room. Facing the garden or pool, you will be looking at the high rise. (Our room had construction trailer view). The few ocean front rooms have decks that are more splinters than wood. Also they are almost subterranean. You have to climb up to the beach. No telling what they look like inside.
The cottages are closest to the construction but they looked nice from the outside. They probably back up to the construction fence.
The beach. Yes it has a sandy beach. No waves but lots of seaweed. Also, when it thunderstorms, a lot of trash surges in, I guess from inconsiderate boaters. One day a bulldozer cleared most of the seaweed away, although of course they can't get the seaweed out of the water. We did rent an umbrella (they do provide beach towels on request) and laid out on the beach one day, which was pleasant.
The staff we met were all very nice, including the cleaning crew (who did what they could). If the Owners would invest in a complete overhaul of the rooms and parking areas, they would have a place worth commending.
And if this isn't enough, they do not take reservations on line and will not send you a written confirmation in the mail. You take your chances that you'll have a place to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Silver Sands Beach Hotel Key Biscayne
- Silver Sands Key Biscayne
- Hotel Silver Sands Beach