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“Great program mediocre facility” 5 of 5 stars
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8755 NW 36th Street, Miami, FL 33178   |  
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Ranked #1 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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“Great program mediocre facility”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Myths and misconceptions are corrected as you learn how to eat mindfully and healthily. The protocols are based on science not conjecture. If you are looking to make lifestyle change to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol under medical supervision there is no better place to go. It takes a few days to adjust to the no salt, no sugar, no oil diet- I put hot sauce on everything- but your taste buds do change and the food becomes progressively more palatable. I liked that there was a large round table for singles who wanted to socialize with some other guests. The facilities are in desperate need of a redo though- the rooms in the two remote buildings - no rooms are in the main facility- are small and unimpressive - but you spend very little time in them. The frequent rains caused a problem getting around without getting soaked. The staff all around are friendly and so very nice- always looking to make your experience better. The supervised classes are excellent and a great way to get in shape without getting hurt. I do plan to return with my husband, despite the terrible rooms, because of the exceptional educational program.

Room Tip: Maybe a suite?
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PritikinCenter, General Manager at Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for your very nice review of the Pritikin program. We are happy to say that just last week the Trump Hotel Collection announced a comprehensive transformation of the facilities which will include 640 completely remodeled guestrooms; revamped main building, lobby, fitness center, ballrooms, pool and spa and more!

The new guestrooms will be adorned in a chic palette of elegant neutrals accentuated with Mahogany wood and gold leaf Spanish revival details. Furnishings will be comprised of lush fabrics and classic herringbone and geometric patterns for additional glamorous touches.
We look forward to your return to Pritikin and Trump National Doral Miami - and depending on when your next stay will take place, the room renovations may be complete.

Thank you,
Hubert E. Wewer
General Manager
Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa at Doral
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Miami, FL
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

A great way to kickstart your quest for fitness! Lots of valuable information for a lifestyle change! Wish I had done this earlier in life, but it is never too late and a fabulous program for all ages. Great results in blood sugar and blood chemistry numbers. Expect to work hard while you are here -- this is NOT a rest and relaxation type of stay, although there are wonderful yoga classes and fabulous spa services. The kitchen and dining room staff, the concierge, and the medical team all focus on YOU the whole time you are here and make sure you leave empowered to be successful for a lifetime. The Doral property is beautiful, but the standard rooms are a little tired and could use refurbishing and you can hear guests in other rooms talking through the walls.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

a wonderful and informative experience for people that are looking to relax and lose weight ,and be educated on all aspects of food ,what to and not to eat,improve the overall wellness physically and mentally.
a new way of living

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doral, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

One of the best places for health and awareness.
After attending the lectures you will wonder how you have been eating all your life.
The Staff are amazing in the kindness and service. They memorized all my likes and dislikes. What type of tea I drink and how I like it.
The rooms were large and great.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the golf course are the best
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

If you want to live a longer healthy life, this is the place for you. You will have access to first class medical team, cutting edge medical testing and follow up review. You will be given an individual plan which includes exercise, diet. The lectures are outstanding packed with valuable information. The Doral surrounding are OK. Try it, it is a life changing experience

Room Tip: Book a suite room, it is located very close to the activities, other rooms require a 5 -10 minute wa...
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Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We came with modest expectations and mixed comments from people who had been here before. After two days we were hooked to the life changing programs, lectures, exercise programs, medical consultations and an exceptionally caring staff. We had little time for enjoying the beautiful 'campus" as all our days were filled with lessons which have changed our life.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I just returned from my third visit to Pritikin. Many of the guests come here yearly for "tune-ups." Many people come alone but there's a good mix of couples and singles. I've heard so many stories from people who no longer needed heart surgery after a month at Pritikin, people who were able to get off their medication, etc. Most of the guests come for two weeks and I think that's preferable. However, I was there for one week. The educational aspects of the center are first and foremost. Lectures take place most of the day (after a morning of exercise under the care of exercise physiologists with years of experience.) You may think you know everything about eating right, but these lectures leave you feeling like everything you knew was just not enough. The food is very good, despite no salt, sugar or fat. It takes a day or two for your taste buds to begin tasting the food rather than the salt. The medical staff has everything down pat. I highly recommend a private session with the physical therapist - he's amazing. I can't say enough about Pritikin and its education. This is not a place to go for weight loss, although it does happen. It's a place to go to ensure that the rest of your life is healthy and long. And who doesn't want that?!

Room Tip: You don't need a suite at the spa. You're never in your room.The rooms at the Lodge are very...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa

Address: 8755 NW 36th Street, Miami, FL 33178
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Miami
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa has two main purposes- getting you back your health and off your medications. Whether you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, are seeking a weight loss spa, or you are just looking for a healthy vacation, we can help. Located on 650 tropical acres in Miami, Florida, at the Pritikin health resort and fitness camp, you will attend informative lectures, establish a fitness regime that works for you, and choose from a plethora of fitness and educational options from hands on cooking classes, yoga to kickboxing, and Zumba, all within the tropical setting and lush landscaping of our beautiful grounds.While you are relaxing at the pool under the bright Florida sun, or enjoying a delicious and healthful meal at our restaurant, you will be in good hands. Pritikin's board certified physicians will teach you eye opening facts about the typical diet, why it doesn't work, and what you can do to improve your quality of life. Our results have been proven- by the end of your stay, you will be armed with the tools to affect a dramatic lifestyle change. Needing a vacation has never been more literal. ... more   less 

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