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“Excellent program. Service is deplorable.” 1 of 5 stars
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8755 NW 36th Street, Miami, FL 33178   |  
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Miami, Florida
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“Excellent program. Service is deplorable.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

The program is right on and will definitely make you live longer. Do not go with an expectation for service to match the high price of the program. You are paying for the information. If you go expecting deplorable service and very run down rooms, then you will have no problems. They need to have some sort of polishing orientation for the service and restaurant staff. I am sure you would agree waiting 2.5 hours for dinner on a number of occasions is unexceptable.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HubertW_GM, General Manager at Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
I would like to thank you for your comments. As expressed personally when you and I spoke during your stay we acknowledge and apologize for the fact that there were longer than usual waits during the holiday dinner, when guests were taking their time enjoying the evening and dining leisurely.
It is unfortunate that your positive experience in the program was impacted by the challenges you encountered in the dining room.
We addressed the matter with our staff and are confident that there are no other occasions with such an unacceptable wait time.
We are happy that you experienced the benefits of our life saving program and are sorry that your dining experiences overshadowed the knowledge you gained while staying with us.
We are very proud of our team, which we consider a family, and are thankful that you gave us the opportunity to further improve.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I recently spent a week at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Miami, Florida and thoroughly enjoyed the program. Once cleared by the doctors, the exercise classes, yoga and Tai Chi is fantastic. The food is great - for no salt, no sugar, almost no fat. I was a little disappointed that they use splenda in certain dishes - however the daily menu page indicates which dishes have splenda. This week was a great kick start to a healthy lifestyle and the afternoon lectures were informative - all science based which appealed to me. While the program is excellent the resort -Dural - is sadly in need of a complete overhaul. The resort was recently purchased and is undergoing renovations. I changed rooms after the first night to get away from a mouldy/musty smell that most of the guests in my lodge (#2) also complained about. The other downside to the resort is that it isn't cleaned thoroughly. A plate of crumbs was left outside the Yoga studio almost for the entire week I was there. I treated myself to a massage in the spa, and it was worth it. The Pritikin Center is separate to the Dural resort - so it gets a bit confusing as to who is responsible for the upkeep and cleanliness of all the spaces. Above and beyond all of this, if you need to change your lifestyle to improve your current health or need a kickstart and are willing to adopt this very strict but healthy way to eat, then I would recommend this program. In my short week, my LDL cholesterol had a significant reduction.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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, October 31, 2013
Thank you for your review of the Pritikin Program. We are very happy to hear you had a positive experience kickstarting a healthy lifestyle. We have spoken with both the staff here at Pritikin and Doral to ensure the issue you had with the plate outside the yoga studio does not happen again.

We are all looking forward to the completion of the resort renovations which will include 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.

Thank you,
Hubert E. Wewer
General Manager
Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa at Doral
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

My husband and I have been here for 5 days and already we are feeling better, blood sugar in normal ranges, all blood factors are in range and weight is down. The education is better than anything you can read or hear. Everyone would benefit by attending Prikitin.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The program is second to none - the education is phenomenal and the staff are wonderful. Very patient and kind, willing to answer any questions you have. The food takes a bit to get used to, but once you adjust it's wonderful too. Highly recommend for anyone looking to improve their health and quality of life.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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.

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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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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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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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