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Suites of Dorchester
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL FL 33139 (City Center)   |  
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Ranked #112 of 197 hotels in Miami Beach
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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“Good location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Very good location and comfortable rooms but everything was extra - parking, breakfast, etc. The staff were able but not necessarily amiable. The location however was very good and we had a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

This October we stayed for 6 nights at Suites of Dorchester, having the 18th birthday of our daughter at Miami Beach! It was the first time we had chosen this hotel. We came down from NYC and continued our trip at the Keys, the Gulf of Mexico and Orlando.
We've read carefully all the (often negative) critics of this location, but we got a very good deal concerning the price back home in a travel agency. In overall, everything was satisfying us, we had no complaints.

Location:
Dorchester Hotel & Suites of Dorchester are located at Collins Ave. between 18th & 19th Street, so you are on the beach in only 5 minutes. Shops and restaurants at Lincoln Road Mall or famous Ocean Drive are only a few blocks away (15 minutes walk). This is a perfect location in my opinion.

Rooms:
We had a suite with a large living room (with a queensized sofabed), a bedroom (w 2 queens), small bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and dining area. A lot of space for the 4 of us! It was even larger as we expected it in advance, it's more like an apartment. The suite was well maintained, had 2 flat TVs, charming decors, good toiletries and everything was very clean. Housekeeping was very good. Fridge/freezer in the kitchen seems to have a problem with cooling the food/drinks. The suites are situated in separate buildings in the rear of the whole object, so there was no disturbing noise to be heard during the nights either of Collins Ave or the bar area/backyard of the hotel.

Dining:
We had a breakfast in the hotel the first morning after our arrival. They have 4 to 6 items on the menu, and we had chosen the Start your day right breakfast. It was okay for us and the prices are moderate (when you come down from NYC it seems to be cheap). The next days, we had a quick breakfast in our suite, just to earn some bucks for the shopping activities ;-)).

Service:
The staff at the desk, the concierge and the other employees are all very kind and extremely helpful (e.g. special wishes concerning the 18th birthday of our daughter; some little issues with broken lights or the hairdryer). Wireless internet was possible throughout the location at no extra cost and the wifi had a good connection in our suite. We couls even print out our driving directions and some coupons in the lobby, where they have an internet corner w printer. And finally, we weren't charged with a resort fee. Nice bar and a large pool for a SoBe hotel.

Overall we would definitely recommend this place and personally would stay at Suites of Dorchester again when coming back to Miami Beach.

Room Tip: Suites are larger than rooms and have a great value.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011 via mobile

cannot fault the stay apart from the wait for breakfast even though the place was empty and the quality of what was served

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

Positives: Reception staff are friendly. The suites are huge, I would say one bedroom apartment would be a more accurate description. Two television sets one in the bedroom and one in the sitting room. All the areas in the suite were clean. The bathroom toiletries were nice. Microwave, fridge-freezer in the kitchen. Nice swimming pool. Resort fee that includes free wi-fi, two loungers and a parasol is good value for money. The signal for the wi-fi was good in the lobby area. One doesn't have to carry towels to the beach one can get them from their sister hotel on the beach front. Fantastic happy hour, bar staff were both friendly and efficient, drinks during the happy hour excellent value for money. Good quality air conditioning in the suite.

Negatives: The kitchen cupboards were of an okay quality but not fantastic. The air conditioning in the room was very noisy. One can manage to sleep but it takes some time to get used to it. The quality of customer care in the breakfast room varied from reasonably friendly to rude. If staff had a bad day they should not make that obvious. Some of the breakfast/kitchen staff did not hide the fact they were in bad humour. Hotel guests are there to have a good time and not to think oh god going to breakfast again. They would definetely benefit from customer care training. I would describe the quality of food on offer for breakfast as poor. The choice wasn't great and not what one would expect in an hotel where a lot of the guests are international tourists. I am not familiar with health and safety standards in the US but one of the days I asked one of the guys dishing out pancakes how could one know if the serving spoon for pancakes was not used for the burgers and his reply was that there was no way of knowing. In which case I asked if he could give me some pancakes or let me use the spoon he was using to dish them out and initially he looked at me as if I have asked for something out of this world but something in him must told him his reaction was not great and did proceed with my request. The gym is small. Parking is very expensive.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Our trip to Miami was amazing and part of that had to do with the Dorchester hotel. I've read the reviews from people complaining about the staff being unfriendly or minor things wrong with the room but I didn't find this to be a problem during our stay. We stayed in the suites and found that they exceeded our expectations for the trip.

The pros:
Big, clean, spacious, newly renovated rooms that are apartment style. We were able to cook and buy some groceries to cut costs for the trip.
Friendly staff member - Alexis. He was awesome! So friendly and very helpful
Quiet rooms - we didn't hear anything from the other rooms and had no complaints despite making a ton of noise for the bachelorette weekend.
Beach chair vouchers from the sister hotel allowed us to get free chairs and an umbrella.
Happy hour!! Don't forget to tip!

The cons:
Our room was not cleaned after the first night but it didn't bother us. After the second night it was cleaned up.
Our second room wasn't ready when we checked in but again, it didn't bother us since we were able to put our things in one of the rooms and then head to the beach.

Overall, I would recommend staying in the suites to anyone visiting Miami. The 2 star rating isn't entirely called for. If you are uptight and a lot of things bother you then you might want to stay in one of the more expensive hotels.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sequim, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

We enjoy going to Southbeach a few times each year and were very pleased with our first stay at Suites of Dorchester. These Suites were obviously once apartments. They are spacious and comfortable. The plaster walls are a refreshing change from the typical paper thin hotel walls you typicaly find in SOBE. With a kitchen, dining area, living room, bedroom and a few flat screen TV's and couches you get all the comforts of home and then some. We were very pleased with the staff as well. Wewill be back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

Stayed at the Dorchester Suites for 6 nights beach holiday. Loved Derek the doorman but the rest of the staff were really useless. What was really annoying was the fact we paid a daily service charge in our room rate, which included free chairs and umbrella on the beach, but no one told us and we spent $40 dollars on the beach on our 1st day. It was Derek who informed us we could use the sister hotel over the road which had access to the beach, a toilet and swimming pool, the reception staff here were really helpful.
The room was fine, very clean and large, this hotel is just an ok place to stay in south beach, if it's a beach holiday you want stay over the road!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Suites Of Dorchester Hotel Miami Beach
Suites Of Dorchester Hotel
Hotel Of Dorchester
Address: 1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL FL 33139
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #112 of 197 hotels in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Suites of Dorchester 2.5*
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