My husband and I booked into this hotel for four days at the beginning of our Silver Wedding trip. From the moment we booked in we knew we were in for a fabulous time. We had been upgraded to a suite which was like a small apartment. I almost moved in permanently. The large living/dining room was beautifully furnished and decorated and the open plan kitchen was well stocked. The views from the sliding doors which led out onto the balcony were of the city of Miami. There was a powder room off the living room which had a washing machine and tumble dryer housed in a cupboard. Through into the large bedroom (with a very large and comfortable bed) revealed breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay through the sliding doors and out onto the wrap around balcony on one side and the sliding doors out onto the balcony city side. Then walk in closet was well stocked with hangars and housed a safe and ironing board and iron. The shower room was well stocked with quality toiletries and large fluffy white towels. Everywhere was spotlessly clean and fresh. There was a large television in the living room and bedroom and free wifi connection which enabled us to keep in touch with everyone 'back home', and research the local area. The complementary champagne and chocolate strawberries were much appreciated on arrival after a long flight.
The pool bar and restaurant area on the 7th floor was comfortable and cool with a nice breeze and the sun loungers had lovely squashy cushions. The staff are helpful and friendly and give the impression that they are seriously interested in you having a good time and interested in you. The Peruvian food is delicious.
The public areas are bright and furnished with individual art work which even if not to your taste is a great talking point. The staff from the bell boys, the bar staff the reception staff, the young man who dealt with the towels, the chambermaid and the chaps who parked the car were helpful,pleasant, friendly and remembered your name. Special thanks must go to Elizabeth Dubon who went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time. When asked if there was anything we needed, we asked if it was possible to have a kettle in order to boil water for tea as we were using a saucepan and within an hour a hob kettle arrived. Someone had been out to buy it! We enjoyed our stay so much we booked a day visit after our cruise before flying home and there was the kettle.
Coconut Grove is a lovely area with lots of bars and restaurants and a marina. It is out of the main bustle of Miami and very pretty. We discovered a fresh food market near the hotel and the produce was wonderful so I was also able to indulge my love of cooking. A drive down to the Keys is well worthwhile but use a sat nav. Seaquarium is also well worth a visit but prepared to be soaked, especially if you are close and are presented with a flower by a dolphin. we enjoyed our nine day cruise but really looked forward to going back to the Sonesta even though it was just for a day. We had to leave all too soon and wish we could have stayed longer. We have stayed in 2 other Sonesta hotels and thought the Sonesta St George in Luxor could not be bettered but this hotel did better that in spades.
I can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the verdant enclave of Coconut Grove, Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami reflects all the originality and spice of this trendy, artistic neighborhood on the coast of Biscayne Bay and adjacent to Coral Gables. From our luxurious bayfront retreat, you're in the center of it all just across the street from CocoWalk and steps from lively sidewalk cafes, stylish boutiques, modern art galleries, and sizzling nightlife and only minutes from Coral Gables business and entertainment district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sonesta Bayfront Miami
- Sonesta Miami
- Miami Sonesta
- Sonesta Coconut Grove