My husband and I stayed at the Commodore Inn this fall while visiting our daughter who is a freshman at the University of Miami. We looked at lots of housing options when we brought her down in late August; we made sure to allow several free days to look for a place to stay when we came back for longer stays. We liked the look (and reviews here of course) of the Commodore but the office was closed for the weekend by the time we found it so after we returned home I called and emailed back and forth with Maggie, the property manager at the Commodore, several times to work out the details of our fall stay and found her to be extremely helpful and welcoming, the perfect hostess.
The Coconut Grove area is perfectly located for us, close enough to get together with our daughter but definitely far enough from campus to be nowhere near where students would live. While a hotel room had been fine for our previous stays in the area over the spring and summer, the Commodore gave us so much more - access to a washer/dryer so we could do laundry, a full kitchen so we didn't have to go out for every single meal, and enough living space that my husband didn't drive me completely nuts with too much togetherness. I love the guy but really don't want to live in one room with him for long periods of time : ) With a living room/dining room and a separate bedroom area we could each have our own space and our own televisions too which is a major plus during football season.
We had never stayed in anything other than a full-service hotel before and knew we would be arriving very late at night (or as it turned out, early the next morning due to the American Airlines pilot's union slowdown that pushed our 830pm ETA to 3am the next morning, argh!) so we were relieved to see that the self check-in process was effortless, even easier than waiting in line at a hotel's front desk. Outside the building we just punched in the code that had been emailed to us in advance by Fatima in the Commodore's office, and were able to enter the gorgeous lobby (no exaggeration - it's an amazing ART GALLERY - I filmed it with my phone and will attempt to upload it - not sure if tripadvisor allows videos) and then found the row of lockers in the back of the lobby (exactly as described by Fatima's extremely detailed emailed instructions) hidden from view behind the glass elevator so as not to detract from the lovely artwork in the gallery/lobby, opened our assigned locker, signed the paperwork we found inside and left it there for pickup the following business day by management, picked up our remote that allowed us entry into the parking garage inside the building and our key card that allowed us into our apartment. An extra keycard was also provided and remained in the locker, just in case we misplaced our original during our stay. Also included was our wi-fi password. Really organized and really easy!
Now that I think back about that part, I remember that my husband was so zonked from the long day of flight delay after delay, then a flight cancellation : ( that he had waited in the rental car in front of the building during this check-in process, so "we" in the above paragraph should be replaced by "I", and I rejoined him two minutes after entering the building and we drove around to the back of the building and aimed the remote at the garage entry which promptly opened right up for us. We parked in the spot we had been assigned, used our keycard to enter the building through the garage and opened our apartment with the same card.
That first night we pretty much just collapsed into bed, exhausted after our long day of airline shenanigans. The next day we checked out our new digs in the light of day. We were pleasantly surprised to see how large the apartment was, since we had reserved a "studio". Both the bedroom and living/dining room were very spacious and the entire unit had ceramic tile flooring. The bedroom had a recessed tray type ceiling with accent lighting around the perimeter - very nice. The walk-in closet was huge - 5 ' x 5' or maybe even 6' X 6' with a safe inside. The bathroom was just beautiful.Large windows on the living room wall went almost up to the ceiling and let in lots of that wonderful Florida sunlight. That wall and our front door faced an open courtyard area in the center of the building which was really lovely.
All the appliances in the kitchen; stove, frig, dishwasher and washer/dryer unit looked brand new. The kitchen was outfitted with everything we needed - coffeemaker, blender. toaster, iron, ironing board, paper towels, silverware, etc. Well, not that I "needed" an iron - I'm not ironing anything that's for sure, but hubbie might have used it to touch up his shirts after unpacking them : ) I just spritz my clothes with water and let the wrinkles fall out if they're rumpled after a flight.
The whole apartment was extremely clean and beautifully maintained and it was the perfect place to stay for our situation, right in the middle of Coconut Grove in our own little private oasis.
The Coconut Grove area is really interesting - lots of cute little boutiques and restaurants including two on the corner of our block opposite each other (Commodore in located in the center of the block so these are half a block away) with tables outside where people were always sitting eating breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a drink while enjoying the gorgeous weather whenever we walked by. Commodore Inn is located on Commodore Plaza, a short street that runs for one long block between Grand and Main Highway. At the Main Highway intersection is Barnacle State Park, which we definitely plan to visit during our next stay.
The area has lots of young families; we were there during their Pumpkin Patch festival which is one of their many community festivals. (I saw a list on a banner strung across a street - they certainly host lots of festivals) We walked over to nearby Peacock Park to check out what looked like a thousand pumpkins, a hay maze to get lost in, carnival rides, etc and saw tons of families with little kids heading over for the fun. I was sort of surprised at this, having had preconceived ideas about the Grove being more of a trendy single's area focused on nightlife, but the area is very well rounded and has lots of family oriented activities.
We barely scratched the surface exploring the area during our stay and have so much more to do on our next visit. For us, the Commodore Inn is the ideal homebase for exploring all there is to do in the Grove while checking in with our daughter periodically :) We can't wait to return - this morning it was 24 degrees here in Illinois!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring 21 luxurious apartments and unparalleled services for your extended lodging. Apartments for rental in the heart of Miami’s Coconut Grove Village: your best choice for extended stays of 2 weeks or more. Available in one or two floors, with or without sundeck, ranging from 756 to 2,251 sq. ft. Commodore Inn The Grove is located in the heart of Coconut Grove, Miami's historic bay front village Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Miami's business district, the white sandy beaches of Miami Beach and the glitz and glamour of Coral Gables. Conveniently close to Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami. Shop 'til they drop at many fine shops, boutiques and galleries, all within walking distance. Dine at some of Miami's best casual and fine dining restaurants or be entertained at one of our theatres or playhouses. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Commodore Inn The Grove Hotel Miami