We liked the design element to this hotel - funky artwork a la Picasso and Dali dawning most of the walls... it really does make all the difference. Our room however was much smaller than expected and although a "pool view" room it mostly just looked out onto a concrete wall (it was at the corner of the building). We paid $300 per night (New Years prices we expect) which is more than we would ever spend anywhere else, so we had hoped it would be really nice - compared to those expectations, it was quite basic and cramped.
When we asked at reception for a taxi to Miami Beach the receptionist basically told us it would be impossible since it's such a busy night (new years eve) - he said he had called every company in town and that none were picking up. We weren't totally sold he was really trying though so we walked outside and asked the concierge guy, who had a cab waiting for us within 5 minutes... go figure. The same receptionist was quite useless the next day again when we asked for help... we had left some food in a plastic lunchbox in the fridge after checking out and had hoped to retrieve it, but he just checked the system, told us the room had already been cleaned, and that we had no chance. It would have been nice if he had checked with housekeeping, since it was in a tupperware tub so they may not have thrown it out... a bit frustrating by all accounts.
Miami beach was about a 15 minute cab drive away, traffic permitting. Not much in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, so chances are you'll be using the cabs (although apparently there is a trolley service nearby too - we didn't use that).
All in all, we would stay here again if it was the cheapest of the available decent options. If there were other good looking alternatives though we might try them, in the hope of a larger, better value room and perhaps better service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Urbano is a stylish, urban boutique hotel with a resort flavor, well situated within the active Brickell Avenue Business District. The eclectic and relaxing ambiance of the inviting pool deck and innovative, savory cuisine from Bistro Urbano & Bar with indoor and outdoor seating create the perfect setting for both guests and local residents to mingle and meet. Conveniently located minutes from downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove along with many of Miami's famous attractions such as Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya and Jungle Island. ... more less
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