Love the Essex from start to finish. I arrived early around 9:00 am and was expecting to drop my bags off and come back later at check-in time. Without asking the receptionist told me my room was ready--off to a great start. With that every hotel employee I came in contact with was extremely helpful and pleasant which made my stay totally stress free. The hotel lobby and bar area had a great art deco look and a relaxing vibe. My room was perfect, clean, and tastefully decorated--loved the huge flat screen TV. Yes, the bath room is small, but neat and clean. The bedding and pillows were very comfortable. I stayed in room (324) off Collins Ave and it was relatively quite. I read the reviews so I packed earplugs which helped as the Clevelander next door is definitely a party hotel. The Essex has the best happy hour I could find on Collins or Ocean (4 - 9 pm) that's awesome. Rogan (spelling?) was so friendly and welcoming and made a great Mojito ... I'll come back just to hang out at the bar. It's a great place to get away from all the noise and overcrowded bars on Ocean drive. Some side tips: I took the Airport Flyer Bus from the airport ($2.35)--exit the ground transportation level E Concourse. Departs every 30 mins and you can pay cash on the bus (exact change). The bus is a clean, safe express bus--the last stop drops you off at 16Th and Collins. Just walk 6 blocks down on Collins and you're at the hotel! Beats paying $30+ for a taxis. You can rent beach umbrella and chairs on the beach--cost me $22, kind-of pricey, but it was for the whole day (think 10 am - 5 pm) and I took full advantage. Also, something I wasn't aware of, but some of the bars on the beach automatically add a gratuity to your drink bill no matter the how much you order or the size of your party. Overall my trip and stay at the Essex was terrific and I'll definitely return.
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- Essex House Hotel Miami Beach
- Essex Hotel Miami Beach
- Essex House Hotel South Beach
- Essex Miami Beach