We stayed this hotel as I saw it in "Hotel Impossible" and it was a particularly touching episode form me. The hotel itself is ok and for the price you pay, it's fair, but I was a little disappointed in some aspects.
Mimi in the front desk was really nice. Although, and opposite to what I've found in all Miami hotels I've been to, we didn't find the cleaning ladies very nice, which was a surprise. When we where checking out, we were trying to enter in the reception with our 3 bags and, due to that, having some trouble opening the door. There were some cleaning ladies on the lobby, as well as one of the front desk guys, but they didn't do any attempt to help with the door (I'm not a ceremonial person at all and I'm against someone carrying my bags if I can do it myself, but a little help with the door would have been nice).
The room was spacious and clean, except for the walls, that had some stains, which certainly disturbed the harmony of the rooms. A/C was located on a small closet, but it didn't make sense, because the capacity to refrigerate decreases a lot. Bathroom is small but clean, very old school but I liked it! I would suggest the owner to put there a shelf or a small seat, because there is no space to put a necessaire.
There is also a small fridge in the room and they also provide free earplugs, as the Biscayne Blvd. is quite busy, but we didn't need them.
Pool area is nice and pleasant, we took a dip at night, after a huge rainstorm. Breakfast area is pleasant, but it is showing some ageing signs since "Hotel Impossible" makeover. Breakfast itself was included and it was basic, but enough for us.
Hotel surroundings nothing special, many motels, some fast food restaurants, but in 15-20min you can reach South Beach via Julia Tuttle Causeway, and this is a plus. Parking is free and not a problem in hotel grounds.
Despite some details, I think New Yorker is a good choice in the very expensive Miami, regarding its distance to the beach: it offers nice, clean rooms with a simple breakfast for a fair price.
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