Luxury was evident in the design but not in the service.
Upon our early arrival for a pre-cruise night we received a complimentary upgrade to a readied room with an overly large balcony overlooking the Port of Miami.
Upon entering the corner room, we were awed by the large windows and clean, sleek design.
The balcony of our ninth floor room could easily host a party of a dozen guests and not feel crowded. But only one metal chair existed on the expanse from which to sit and enjoy the view. Not the most romantic of seating arrangements.
The view was spectacular and on the morning of our departure we saw from our bed our Celebrity ship waiting for us at the port.
The bed was the most comfortable ever experienced. Absolutely wonderful!
The shower with a view of the harbor was unique. The toilet, like the shower shielded by a frosted glass door from the bedroom, does not offer much privacy no matter how intimate your room share is with you… it’s still awkward. (A rushing bidet helps conceal unwanted sounds.)
The closet... is the size of an average hotel room or NYC studio apartment. Walk-in closet is an understatement!
The pools are chic and relaxing. Unfortunately the hotel (a boutique in a condo high-rise) is surrounded by heavy traffic, including trucks from a highway off-ramp. Despite the pools' being 14 floors above the congestion, the cacophony filters in.
On the Friday night stay for our pre-cruise, the hotel restaurant and bar were both vacant at 8 PM. The head chef paced about the dining room. He seemed lonely. The bar tender was visible in the kitchen reading a magazine and not attentive to the bar when we arrived. We had one drink and retreated from the awkward emptiness of the bar / restaurant to enjoy the sparkling Miami night view from our corner windowed room.
For the high cost of the room a complimentary breakfast, or at the very least a Continental breakfast, would have been welcomed. But unless booking a more expensive bed-and-breakfast package or purchasing a full breakfast from the empty restaurant; options for a morning meal are limited to the gas station two blocks south or from the Bayside Marketplace several blocks further south.
The hotel is conveniently located at a stop for the free elevated train that serves downtown Miami. Also convenient is the short walk to Bayside Marketplace.
The hotel does not seem to be actively seeking cruise guests which is odd since this is the closest hotel to the Port of Miami. No shuttle to the port. No concierge assistance when I inquired about having a car or taxi called. We were told to go onto the street and hail one for ourselves. But we’re used to fending for ourselves. Others who wish to have everything provided would not be happy here.
Would I stay here again? Only at a discount or if additional services were included. There are other hotels in the area just as nice but offering more service minded amenities such as an included breakfast and concierge. Our stay was the result of a rewards program.
Overall; we enjoyed the luxurious accomodations but know that more value for the dollar can be found elsewhere in Miami and still get the 'bling' of Casa Moderna's modern chic design.
- Also Known As:
- Tempo Miami Hotel Miami
- Tempo Miami Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Moderna Miami is located in the heart of downtown Miami at the crossroads of Miami's entertainment district and South Beach. Catch a game at American Airlines Arena, see a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts or stay at Casa Moderna before and after a cruise. With deluxe accommodations, a stylish lounge, 8,000 square foot Spa, fitness center and 14th floor sky pool deck; Casa Moderna Miami is quickly becoming the premier luxury hotel in Miami. ... more less
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