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“Can't beat the location” 3 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   700 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #91 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
Chicago, IL
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Can't beat the location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you are headed to South Beach this hotel is a great stay. Directly across from the beach and walking distance from shopping and great restaurants. We arrived on an early flight and were pleasantly surprised to have a room ready at 10:00 a.m. Really - you go to South Beach to be outdoors and this hotel doesn't have all the bells and whistles but is more than adequate to sleep. Noise was not excessive and breakfast was average at best. Traffic is CRAZY in front of the hotel so if you drive your take a taxi be patient. A cute place for a one or two night stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kyle, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I stayed here in July with family and the room was tiny. I paid for an ocean view room but all I saw out the window was palm trees. The smell was horrible, it smelled like mildew. The to top it all off they had my reservation under a different name, I had paid a night months before my vacation and the entire time during my stay they hassled me about the payment and the reservation being under a different name. It ruined my trip. Horrible stay, never stay at this hotel, you will be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We get that this isn't The Ritz or The Hilton, but your staff can make or break the place. So why have uninterested staff (not all of them) who treat guests as an unnecessary distraction. If they don't want to be here, move them on and get people that are willing to engage and be helpful.
And can you get someone to do some general maintenance; our room had no cold water to the bathroom sink, shower curtain was about to fall off the wall and the shower tap handle falls off.

Room Tip: Stay as far away from Ocean Drive as possible to ensure you get quality sleep.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Management A, Manager at Avalon Hotel, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Dear Dwayne,

Thank you for your review. We at The Avalon Hotel are very sorry you were not happy with our staff. We will certainly address your concerns with our team. We will be looking into the issues you mentioned regarding your room accommodations as well. Your room tip about sleeping facing Ocean Drive will be helpful to future guests.

Thank you for your business and we ask you to come back so we can meet all of your expectations.

Warmest Regards,

Staff and Management Avalon Hotel
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Albany, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Hotel Avalon is again yet another Art deco style hotel on the ocean drive.
Retains the old building and style and gives a retro outlook.
It is right where the party happens all day and night long.
Rooms are of decent size and cleanliness is appreciable.
Offers valet parking only and it is 27$ per day.Came as a surprise for us.
Driving in and out of it the ocean drive needs patience though.
Breakfast was very much average.
Got a pretty good deal for a long weekend night so no complains.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Management A, Manager at Avalon Hotel, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Dear Logesh,

Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful stay with us and will return home with good memories of your stay at The Avalon Hotel. A little note on the parking situation; we suggest in the future to take advantage of self parking which is only two blocks down for a little less price than the valet. We are looking forward to welcoming you back. Please make sure to book directly with us in order to receive rates lower than you will find on other travel sites.

Warmest Regards,

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Avalon hands down is one of the most accomondating serviceable hotels, I ever had the pleasure of staying in. It's art deco all the way, it gives a nostalgic feeling. Ana was great, she made us feel really welcome.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

After countless hours of exhausting research, I used Priceline to bid on a South Beach location hotel of at least 3 stars. My bid was $193.00 (taxes & fees made the total $228.63). This was a major splurge for me and for just 1 night.

The hotel offers valet parking only but I learned ahead of time to park in a nearby garage for less. The walk was about 2 blocks and saved me a good $10.00.

Entrance to the hotel is up several steps and it would have been nice if someone had opened a door for me as I was carrying all of my luggage alone. The same could be said for when I left.

My room was on the 2nd floor , in the back of the hotel, over the restaurant with a view of the alley below and some lovely dumpsters. There's an entry way, hall closet with a safe, the bedroom, and a bathroom with many cool toiletries. As I was looking around and went to adjust the air conditioner, I saw what looked like black mold on the vents. I called down to the front desk and they sent a guy up right away.

Unfortunately, he thought a paper towel and window cleaner got rid of mold. He wiped off a smidge and asked if it was okay. As I said no, the phone rang and a manager said she was switching me to another room. The guy went downstairs and came back with a key to my new room, same floor, facing Ocean Dr. What an upgrade!

The oceanfront room had a different layout and was a little smaller but it was lovely. I was in line with the hotel marquee and the windows opened. Just sitting at the little table with chairs watching people go by was relaxing.

The bed was large and very comfortable. You can make use of the robe in the closet. and the Keurig machine in each room. At night things are very lively on the sidewalks, even on a Wednesday. I wore ear plugs as suggested by another reviewer and slept soundly.

I need to state that the oceanfront room's air conditioner also had some black mold by was attached to the wall up high. What they need is a professional cleaning with bleach. Other than that, the rooms are clean and maintained.

The location can't be beat. It is central to everything in South Beach, restaurants, shops, parking, the beach, night clubs, museums, and tours.

The staff is very friendly and upbeat. The complimentary breakfast is nice, more upscale than a chain hotel. It's European style with multiple tropical juice selections.

I didn't see a ramp and asked how someone using a wheelchair would enter and was told there was a ramp around back. I'm not sure it would be easy for someone to navigate the smaller rooms. You might want to ask about measurements.

Room Tip: I doubt any room is quiet given street noise, trash pick ups and the first floor restaurant. Bring e...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa FL
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you want an authentic retro South Beach experience, I highly recommend this property. Right in the heart of the trendy art deco district, the location is second to none.

The rooms are clean and appointed with retro style furniture. Beds are comfortable and nicely appointed with crisp luxury linens and fluffy towels. The toiletries provided are high end. A pleasant surprise was the fridge in the closet and the waffle wave guest robes.

The customer service is 5 star! From the check in process and throughout the entire stay, the staff exceeded expectations. George at the front desk was extremely accommodating and the property is lucky to have such dedicated and genuine staff.

Our room faced Ocean Drive and the view was perfect. This is South Beach so if you are sensitive to noise, ask for a room facing the rear of the building. However for us, the beach view
overshadowed the nighttime reverie.

It's important to note that this is an authentic art deco property, not a new one that was built to look retro so the rooms are smaller and the bathrooms are the original style. The overall ambiance of the hotel is shabby chic so keep that in mind and take a journey into the past.

The parking options are limited and the cost is appropriate for urban environments. The hotel offers valet parking.

Directly across the street is the public beach and towels are provided. They do not have any chaise loungers on the beach but you have access to their sister property, the South Seas which is located on the beach and about 10 block north, The South Seas has a lovely pool area and lounge area providing a nice view of the beach.

If you are taking a cruise out of the port of Miami, the Avalon is a good choice for a pre or post cruise visit.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Avalon Hotel

Address: 700 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#60 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Avalon Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wecome to The Avalon Hotel This iconic Art Deco favorite is known for its Ocean Drive address in the heart of South Beach. When staying at the Avalon, you will be in the middle of the South Beach action with its bustling sidewalk cafes, Art Deco buildings, amazing shopping, and unforgettable nightlife. As you enter the Avalon you will step back to a relaxing time, where our welcoming and seasoned staff will pamper you. In the evening, the Avalon lobby and terrace magically transforms into A Fish Called Avalon Restaurant, for over twenty years a culinary Miami Beach institution. Enjoy candlelit tables, nightly live music, fresh local seafood and other culinary delights created by Chef Kal Abdalla. For glamorous people-watching, there is no better place than our outdoor terrace right on Ocean Drive. Our guest rooms are light and fresh, with luxury linens for your comfort. Flat panel TVs, iPod docks and Wi-Fi will keep you connected, while waffle-weave robes and organic toiletries help you relax and rejuvenate. Avalon guests are treated to a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Other amenities include complete business center, and beach towels. Guests of the Avalon also enjoy pool, beach, and restaurant privileges at the South Seas, our sister oceanfront property, just a short stroll north along the oceanfront boardwalk. • An Art Deco boutique hotel• Oceanfront in the heart of South Beach on famed Ocean Drive• 10 blocks to the Miami Beach Convention Center• 15 miles to Miami International Airport• 10 minutes to the Port of Miami ... more   less 
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