Firstly, we arrived in Miami with our two children during "Urban Week". If you have young children, avoid this at all costs. During this week Ocean Drive is closed to traffic and replaced with thousands of people parading up and down wearing almost nothing and drinking heavily. The bars and restaurants play loud hip-hop all day and well into the night.
The Avalon, rather than joining in with Urban Week, simply closed their bar and restaurant to the revellers, which was disappointing but understandable. Unfortunately they didn't close their rooms to them too, so the corridors were pungent with the smell of marijuana. The room was clean but very tired. Breakfast was a basic continental spread of not particularly good croissants, fruit and cereal. The restaurant and bar is a different matter, however. Very, very nice seafood and an excellent bar serving probably the best mojitos in South Beach (I samples quite a few).
In summary, I would highly recommend the restaurant and bar. They really are a cut above most of the others on Ocean Drive, but give the hotel a wide berth if you're looking for any level of luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome 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.Starting with the charm of its Art Deco architecture to the signature 1950s vintage car parked in front, as you enter the Avalon you will step back to a relaxing time, where our welcoming and seasoned staff will pamper you. Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, we will be here to ensure you have the South Beach experience you expect.Step from the Avalon's terrace to choose your spot on the glistening white sands of one of the world's Top Ten most beautiful beaches--Miami Beach.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 bountiful complimentary European breakfast buffet each morning, a signature Atlantic Stars amenity. Other amenities include daily newspapers, 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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- Also Known As:
- Avalon Hotel Miami Beach
- Avalon Miami Beach