This is a great location one block from South Beach. The sister hotel behind Essex House, The Cleavelander, is a bit crazy and guests at Essex House are able to use The Cleavelander's amenities - this is a nice perk. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Although the bathrooms are a bit dated and our a/c unit was a bit too loud, the room was clean and quiet. Also, it is an extremely good value for South Beach. Don't forget to stop by the hotel's restaurant - it is an excellent Asian fusion choice with a wonderful staff as well!