Well, we were a party of 4, just coming back from NYC to spend 4 days in Miami before going back to Brazil. The daily rate was very high, but we chose to stay closer to Miami Beach as well as not far from the airport and we were always very well treated when staying at Marriott hotels.
Check-in was smooth, people on the front desk spoke Spanish and English, and both are fine for me. We payed US$ 15 for each day of parking in the 6-story building garage that´s just beside the hotel (actually I think the hotel was built altogether with the garage building because the hotel pool is on the top of the garage building). The hotel staff told me that the parking was not hotel responsibility (another company took care of it) and therefore we shouldn´t leave anything inside the car (GPS Navigator, cameras, stuff like that). I´m from Brazil, so I´m already very cautious with this kind of thing in my everyday life.
In the first day we went to Walmart and did a whole bunch of shopping for things we can´t find in Brazil. We arrived quite late at the hotel (about 11pm). I had to carry many shopping bags from the car to the room upstairs. The next day when we went inside the car, I started looking for my sunglasses (I thought they were supposed to be in my wife´s purse). It turns out that the only thing that had stayed in the car overnight were my sunglasses and only because I forgot them on the glove compartment because we had so many things to carry from Walmart the previous day. Still, my sunglasses weren´t there, they had been stolen overnight, even though the car was locked.
I was very upset and complained to the front desk who obviously told me they could do nothing. I also complained to the parking manager, who obviously also told me the could do nothing (in fact I believe they are conniving with this kind of thing). I wasn´t let this small bump get in the way of my vacation but it was very disturbing being robbed inside the parking garage that cost us 15 bucks a day. I still don´t know how this burglar got inside the vehicle. He had plenty of time to look for something to steal, since there was nothing else in the car, an the sunglasses were inside the glove compartment. There are no surveillance cameras in this parking garage. A friend of mine that lives in Miami actually thinks some thieves have some "all-purpose" keys for these rental cars, that allows them to open most of the rental cars in Miami. So look out, if staying in this hotel rest assured that anything left inside the vehicle overnight WILL BE ROBBED!
Aside from that we had a lovely stay. The hotel is very well taken care of, the restaurant on the main lobby is very good, great food, lovely space for a conversation late at night. The rooms are very clean and spacious. I hit the gym a couple of times, a little bit on the small side, but the equipment is new. The location is excellent during daytime but full of bums and beggars at night so beware. The Bayside Marketplace is nearby but I wouldn´t go walking there at night. This hotel also got a laundry room (coin operated) which was great as we were in the end of our vacation and running out of clean clothing.
In the end I would only stay here again if the price is right (paying well over 200 bucks a day plus 15 bucks in parking and still getting robbed is too much for me). Next time I´ll look for some other Marriott hotel in Fort Lauderdale or Aventura, much safer than Miami Downtown.
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