My then-fiance & I stayed here for two nights October 27th & 28th, along with over 50 of our family & friends, prior to boarding a cruise ship for our wedding cruise. We were given a generous group discount and everyone had rooms with a view of the bay, on the higher floors (16th & up). From the moment we pulled up in our rental car, the hotel was outstanding. Valet parking was expected to be expensive, and it was, but as this was a special vacation we didn't mind the splurge. The bellhops unloaded our vehicle and brought all of our things to our room (and we had LOTS, including 3 huge boxes we had mailed to the hotel which contained our wedding favors!). The lobby is BEAUTIFUL!
Being that we were the "leaders" of such a large group, we were upgraded to a Jr Suite - our room was 2102 and it was perfect. The view of the bay was gorgeous, our room was spacious, and served to be the perfect spot for us all to gather during our two nights there. The room only sleeps two with a king sized bed, but has a couch and plenty of room for cots. I had a chance to view some of the other rooms, which were all nice, clean, and average sized.
Most of us ate at the restaurant for dinner, and some had breakfast. We all enjoyed our meals and found that surprisingly the restaurant had fair prices. The harbour view and accompanying ambiance was excellent.
The staff at the hotel was amazing. Every time we needed to call the front desk (which was often when we needed to connect to others rooms) we were greeted warmly and they always congratulated us, calling us either the bride or the groom.
We didn't walk around the surrounding area, but many of our friends did during the day time and we heard no complaints. Taxis to South Beach were under $15 and it was a short commute. We found it well worth the cost of the taxi to stay in a well priced, beautiful hotel like this (rather than pay more to stay on South Beach in a not-as-nice-hotel).
Thank you sincerly to the staff at the Marriott - we hope management reads this and passes that on for us. We were so happy with our stay and couldn't have picked a better hotel. We would stay here hands down again, and so should you!