I stayed here in early July for two nights before a cruise. Since it is classified as a higher end hotel, my level of scrutiny is higher. For every pro to this hotel, there is a con.
The beds, linens and bathtub are lovely. The bathtub is a deep single soaker. The room is really small – like New York small. Not a problem for me; I was travelling alone. For a couple, it would be a tight squeeze for the price. One of the drawers on the bureau facing my bed had a piece of its veneer broken off. The view I had of the Bay was amazing, but, even though I was on the 18th floor, the sound from the pool and bar patio below carried upwards at a surprisingly loud level. Fortunately, it rained in the nights I was there, so people left the patio.
Generally, the hallways were quiet, but when the person next door took a shower, it was like the shower was next to my bed. Lucky for me, that guest took their shower before supper, I don’t know how he felt when I was in my shower at 7am.
Service was quite good and friendly. Taxis take forever, call at least a half hour before you need one. The Coconut Grove neighbourhood is nice and walkable, but half of the storefronts in the Cocowalk are vacant. There is a CVS, Starbucks and a grocery, The Fresh Market, all within walking distance.
I would give a mixed review to the hotel restaurant. I had two meals there. The layout of the restaurant is a lovely, cosy space and the servers are very pleasant. Again it’s the value factor. One glass of white wine, a spinach salad with shrimp was $40. When you receive the bill, they have a line item that is a “service charge”. They did not use the word gratuity next to it, although they leave a space for you to add an extra gratuity. Typically this is only something I’ve seen when getting room service – there is a delivery charge to your room. Since I was eating in the restaurant, I took this to mean that this additional charge already noted was the tip, so I did not add any extra. I ate their twice for the convenience factor of location and the food was okay even though it was overpriced.
All-in-all, it is a fine place to stay, but for my tourist dollar, it does not offer anything that makes it competitive.
- Also Known As:
- Sonesta Bayfront Miami
- Sonesta Miami
- Miami Sonesta
- Sonesta Coconut Grove
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the verdant enclave of Coconut Grove, Sonesta Bayfront Hotel reflects all the originality and spice of this trendy, artistic neighborhood on the coast of Biscayne 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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