Our group - four good friends who were attending the Sony tennis tournament on Key Biscayne - booked four rooms at the Mayfair for five nights in March, 2013. Last year we stayed at the Sonesta in Coconut Grove, which area we like. This year we tried the Mayfair, taking advantage of an early booking discount offer. We thought we would be stepping up a notch, to a grander "old dame, old Florida" hotel - but were somewhat disappointed.
Although quite spacious, our 3rd floor rooms were not modern. The bedroom floors were tiled stone throughout (I prefer carpet underfoot in a hotel bedroom), the telephone system was antiquated, and the exterior cement patios were dark and unattractive (and each patio housed a large round wooden "soaking tub" that looked old and of uncertain hygiene). The bathrooms, on the other hand, were large, modern, well-appointed, and attractive.
The lobby of the hotel is dark and has a low ceiling, so feels somewhat claustrophobic. The hotel's elevators are also aging, and sometimes jerk once or twice before coming to a complete stop. On the elevator control panels, some of the lights were out, and some of the metal buttons were tarnished with age.
The heated pool on the roof of the hotel is very nice, but does not have a spa. The hotel gym was on the small side and under-equipped.
On the plus side, the hotel staff was at all times friendly and helpful, and the hotel's location in Coconut Grove is excellent - right across the street from Coconut Walk, the center of the Grove, and within easy walking distance of the many nice restaurants in the Grove. But overall, we felt that the hotel is in need of a major refurbishment and lobby redesign and we left with the (perhaps mistaken) impression that the hotel is beginning to struggle to keep up with its competitors.
- Also Known As:
- Mayfair Hotel Miami
- Mayfair Hotel And Spa
- Mayfair Hotel
- Mayfair Hotel Coconut Grove
- Mayfair Coconut Grove
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Among The Most Exciting and Luxurious Coconut Grove Miami Hotels. Thrill to the excitement and vibrancy of South Florida - while enjoying the personalized service and stylish ambiance of a hip boutique hotel. Located in colorful Coconut Grove, a few miles from the beaches and downtown Miami, the Mayfair Hotel & Spa is in the heart of world-famous shopping, dining, and attractions. Admire our Miami Florida hotel's unique lobby, an Art Nouveau treat featuring a mini-rotunda, curved walls, and impressive columns. Stretch out in superior luxury in one of our 179 suites-most with private balconies and Japanese Hot Tubs. Our four-diamond Miami hotel rooms offer attentive service, upscale amenities, and blissful tranquility, in a sensual setting. ... more less
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