Initially indecisive about where to stay in Miami, we opted for the Coconut Grove area and the Sonesta Hotel rather than South Beach. I think I got it right as my days for partying in South Beach are now distant memories.
The Sonesta was very good and we were met with smiling faces after the 20 minute $35 cab ride from the airport. Check in was simple and the only noticeable thing being that the suitcases weren’t taken to the room. Not much of a problem though.
The 8th floor is where the action is… pool, terrace, bar and restaurant. There is a fitness suite on the very top floor. 22nd I think.
Rooms were clean, tidy and adequate. Large bathroom with shower, walk in wardrobe, safe, coffee maker and well stocked fridge. Flat screen TV. We had a 20th floor executive Bay View room, with balcony, which looked south, taking advantage of the ‘stay 3 nights 30% off’ promotion. The hotel Wi-Fi was temperamental and mostly due to the initial ‘login page’ hiding itself. We didn’t dine in the restaurant but we did have a night cap on the terrace and the quality and quantity of food looked very good. Staff were extremely courteous, helpful and friendly.
2 minutes walk from the hotel is Coco Walk with the shops, bars and nearby streets have sidewalk cafes/restaurants. If you want to visit Dadeland Shopping Mall then the 249 Coconut Grove Loop bus leaves the top of the street every 25 minutes. Its a 25c fare and runs from Douglas Road Metro to Coconut Grove Metro. A $2 Metro ticket will get you to Dadeland North Metro station and the shopping mall is across the street. We caught the 249 & Metro back to the airport… $2.25 and a 30 minute ride.
The Sonesta is very nice, quiet, charming hotel in an interesting part of Miami.
Would I return… Yes I would if the offer was still on.
Would I recommend to friends and family… yes I would
- 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