We are just back from an 8 day vacation which began with a 4 day cruise to the Western Caribbean and 4 days post cruise stay in Miami. Two of the nights we stayed at Homewood Suites Blue Lagoon and the last two nights at the Embassy Suites Miami Airport location. I actually liked the room set up at Homewood Suites. The lobby is nice with a wonderful aquarium when you first walk in the front door. There is also a baby grand piano for a nice touch. We were granted an easy early check-in before noon with no hassles (unlike the comment when we checked in early at Embassy Suites two days later.) The one bedroom suite was perfect for two women and two 13 year old teens girls. Especially the bathroom which is between the bedroom and livingroom area with doors to each area. So there were minimal interruptions when going to the bathroom. The kitchenette was nice to hold purchases such as soda and fruit from the Publix grocery down the street and leftovers. We were provided with dishes, silver, glasses, bowls, coffee cups, pots and pans, coffee and coffeemaker, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, sink, paper towels, iron and ironing board, toiletries and shower cap. The sofa sleeper mattress was a little dilapidated, but the teens handled it okay. One teen said she felt the mattress springs. The two double beds in the bedroom were soft and comfortable. There is a ceiling fan in the bedroom tool. Great idea! Breakfast was okay. You can tell they rush things somewhat, but the set up was nice and it was more than just continental breakfast. They actually had scrambled eggs daily, bacon and sausage on alternative days, and potatoes each day in addition to various breads, muffins, coffee, juices, milk, cereal, fresh fruit daily. Very decent breakfast. Was there on Friday and Saturday, when they do not offer the dinner. However the dinner calendar shows the offerings for the month which included meatloaf and mashed potatoes, lasagne and garlic bread, etc. Also, the teens were allowed to use the computers as much as they wanted--and these are die-hard computer girls.... I had to go get them after 5 hours of use on Friday. After the first night I did notice that the hallway carpets needed cleaning. They weren't bad but I could tell they needed shampooing where people had spilled liquids and it was not shampooed prior to other walking on it. The pattern of the carpet covered these faults fairly well. Did not notice any spots in the suite though.
On Sunday prior to checking out, we ate breakfast on the patio where we saw huge FISH (I was told they were carp) about 2.5 feet long each. (BIG!!!) They swam up to the patio waiting for guests to throw some of their breakfast threw the wrought iron fence to them. It was fun watching them come up to gobble up pieces of toast, etc. There must have been about 50 (BIG!!!) fish swimming around for food. It was pretty spectacular in the quiet of the early morning. Be sure to take the kids to the patio to check out the fish during mealtimes. They will get a kick out of this! The fish are huge!
I was not as impressed with the Embassy Suites when we checked in on Sunday just about noon. It was early, but they offered to hold our bags and then decided they had a room and that they normally charge for early check-in--but they didn't charge us. I assumed (falsely) that since I was Hilton Honors and early check-in was free. I was told that was not the case. But we got checked in early none-the-less. We did not have any of this when check approximately the same time two days prior at Homewood I was a little surprised at Embassy since both are Hilton properties. (See my review on the Embassy Suites--Just Okay) The room was nicer at Homewood, more for your money in terms of a kitchenette and the bathroom setup.
This was a very nice comfortable clean hotel. After staying at the Embassy Suites one day, the teens stated that they liked Homewood better,but the breakfast at Embassy Suites was better. I tend to agree with the girls. I recommend this hotel as a good value especially in today's economy and you don't feel like you went the cheap route because the hotel is actually nice and comfortable. Actually you feel pretty smart for picking such a good deal!!! FREE PARKING too!!!!!