I am way overdue to review this fabulous hotel. Stayed here for a post-cruise night in January, and can I just say this is the PERFECT pre or post cruise hotel?!
Literally tried for months to "win" a hotel via Priceline for Miami for this post-cruise one night stay. Tried four stars, various zones, finally decided to narrow it down to Downtown or Coral Gables/Coconut Grove for this night. Started at $70 and inched up to $100 with rebid zones. Previous bid was $95. Very pleased and even more so after staying there!
If you're like us, you're not ready to get off a cruise ship, so if you have to leave it, what better way to extend your vacation then spending a night at this wonderful hotel? We were greeted warmly (sorry that I can't remember the name of the awesome gal who checked us in, but that's what happens when I wait too long to do a review). First big pleasant surprise was that we were allowed to check in on a Saturday early in the day after debarking at 10am. We were offered to upgrade to a bay view room for $25. Normally, this Priceline gal balks at such things, but being my birthday, and sad as heck for vacation to be ending, we went for it. Then when she heard it was my birthday, she threw in a couple free drinks, which made this deal-loving gal even happier. Can I say I LOVE this hotel?
Now up to the room we went and the view took my my breath away...it was worth every penny, with or without the free drinks! sigh, wish I were back there right now. You can see your cruise ship, dream about being on it, and later watch it sail away without you.
More pluses about this hotel: happy hour...try the pulled pork sliders! happy hour prices are great.
Happy hour minus...service once we moved from the bar to the patio, became unbearably slow. As in, go find the waiter yourself to finish paying your bill after he promised to take care of it. A minor complaint if you're not in any kind of hurry like we were...would have been incredibly aggravating though if you needed to get somewhere.
COMFY bed, usual Marriott nice everything, and may I just say that one of the things that makes you appreciate them so much is that they tend to under-rate their own star level? This was considered a 3-star hotel, but was every bit as good as any really good 4-star we've stayed it.
One last plus, they did not hesitate to let us have a late check-out the next day when we mentioned we had a later flight.
TIP...do NOT recommend taking the free people mover nearby. It did not feel safe to us, and we're used to some major metros. Suggest walking or cabbing it to local attractions such as the nearby marketplace.
GO for the Bay view room, unless you have no intent of spending time in your room!
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