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“For the money--A bargin!” 3 of 5 stars
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Marseilles Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1741 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (City Center)   |  
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Ranked #118 of 201 hotels in Miami Beach
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“For the money--A bargin!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

First the good news-- The Marseilles Hotel is in an excellent location, with lovely grounds and a terrific piece of Beach. The value for the location is fantastic.
The bad news--The hotel is a bit rundown in the parts that have not been renovated. The noise of the renovations can be a bit much. The elevators and halls are very shabby.
My room and bathroom had been renovated,and I found it very comfortable. The bed and linens were top notch! Also the lobby was cool with all its Art Deco touches. The staff at the desk were also very helpful and a concierge is available for info during the day.
Overall I would not hesitate too stay there again.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EHCHA, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
We are very happy that you think that our excellent location is “good news”.
Unlike most hotels in Miami Beach/ South Beach, the warm and clear beach
is directly behind us. As you rightly noted, most of our rooms and bathrooms
are newly renovated, clean, and comfortable.

We are currently in the process of upgrading other areas of the property
to ensure that we are one of the most beautiful properties in the area.
We are very pleased to know that you will not hesitate to stay here again.

Thanks for you feedback and hope to see you again
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We wanted a cheap place in South Beach to sleep and thats what we got. The room had a pequliar stench to it. There were ants in the bathroom that migrated to the food we had in the little kitchenette area...(DISAPPOINTNG!), and the bed was extremely uncomfortable, but the price was reasonable. There was a leison that worked the bike rental behind the hotel that was able to get us a deal for an all you can drink preparty, limo ride to a well known club, and VIP access to that club.... the night we went we were VIP into the Mansion! (see on jersey shore). Def worth checking out if you want to have a good time clubbing and not wait in line forever!

Room Tip: If you're not going to spend much time in your room... this is a perfect place to stay.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EHCHA, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
We would like to apologize to you for not giving you a great experience as we are accustomed
in giving most of our guest. I must assure you that we are very concerned about
your comments and will definitely look in the matter to make sure that all our guest
leave with a positive experience. Our goal is not only to give you reasonable rates as you mentioned but also to give you super value.

Thanks for your feedback.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Booked the hotel because of the excellent location at 17th street and the low rate despite the many bad reviews. My thought was that since the hotel was undergoing renovations I could take advantage the poor reviews that can be typical just before an upgrade cycle is completed as long as I could get one of the new rooms. The bathroom in all three of the oceanfront rooms we viewed were brand new albeit small, but this was expected from this art deco hotel. The rooms.even the newly renovated ones, are poorly maintained - just not clean. The deal breaker was the old, musty, mold smell. Newer tile in the rooms looked as if it needed cleaning already. As other travelers noted the common areas, elevators, hallways, staiwell and front desk area are worn and in need of repair; not just a lack of maintenance; like the owners don't care. I mean, at least put some paint on the walls near the check in counter so people don't notice the dirt smudges - this is why we asked to see the rooms before checking in. We (two couples; one room each) never took the luggage out of the car. We spent two and a half hours scrambling to book another hotel which was a challenge with Halloween weekend and conferences that are here this week. And as another reviewer noted, the front desk personnel are clueless, they think the hotel is just fine. It appeared they have a clientele that may have a lower standard; perhaps traveling from across the Atlantic and are accustomed to less. Not me. Worse yet, there is a pending charge on my credit card for $50 that was swiped when we started the resrevation. Amex is waiting to dispute the charge if it is not cancelled.

Room Tip: no good rooms
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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EHCHA, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
On behalf of myself and all the staff at the Marseilles, I want to offer
our sincere apology to you and your friends for not pleasing you
as we do most of our guest who look for a great property while staying
in South Beach / Miami Beach.

Because we care so much about our guest and because we always
try everything possible to make sure they have a great stay, it sad
for us to hear that you were not fully satisfied. We are a property that
is know for listening to our guest concerns and to immediately
correct any areas that appear to be lacking.

Thanks for your comments about our “..excellent location…and low rates”
and thanks for sharing your views with us as we continue to move
forward towards making our property one of the best in the area.

We really hope that you will give us another chance to show you
how positive and negative feedbacks makes us even better.

Respectfully your,

E. Hewitt
Rooms Division Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Don't let the lobby, elevator or hallways give you the wrong impression. I was alittle put off by the appearance, but the room made up for it all. The room was modernly decorated, bed ultimately comfortable and the view could not have been any better. Getting out of the cab and looking at the front of the building, my brain says "what have you done". But, the experience was great. Went out for dinner and drinks came back to hotel, took a dip in the salt water pool late at night and life could have not been anymore perferct.

Room Tip: Room 8018 was the bomb
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EHCHA, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Let me tank you for your constructive feedback in this
review. It’s feedback like your that helps us to provide
even better quality service to you, and many other travelers
and that which makes one of the most popular hotels in
Miami Beach .

Apparently, the day you noticed the elevator and hallways
was an irregular day for us; that day we were transferring
some of our new and modern furniture and other upgraded
items to various rooms; we are very we are very sorry
if it disturbed you in any way.

NeverthelessI want to thank you very much for you testimony
about your room that it "...was modernly decorated, bed ultimately
comfortable, and the view could not have been any better."

It's always our policy to listen to all our guest and to frame our philosophy
and operation towards giving the greatest experience to our guest: the
type of experience you said you had while staying with us.

Thanks again, looking forward in having you with us again.

Yours,
E. Hewitt
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Aberdeen, UK
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Stayed here Sept '12. It was OK. A lot of renevation work going on during our stay which meant no gym available and no pool bar. I imagine it will be fantastic once the work is done and I wouldn't hesitate in booking again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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EHCHA, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
It was a pleasure having you at our property. We have upgraded
and modernized many of our rooms and are very excited
about showing them off to many visitors who appreciate "great an fantistic"
hotels like yourself.

Drinks are available to our pool users, and we do have gym provision for
our guest who want to exercise before stepping outside from our hotel to
the beautiful beach directly behind us.

Thanks again for extending your appreciation, and see you when you return.

Yours,
E. Hewitt
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Roselle, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Not as expected. I know that some reviews may have been overrated and vice versa....negatives were more accurate. Old hotel, but that's okay, it has charm. My first clue was the elevator -- torn up rug and dirty. Room too small for a "superior double" AC not working -- called front desk and the maintenance guy came and literally took out the thermostat and blew on it and replaced it.. We laughed about it later, but it wasn't funny at the time. It never worked properly. i called and requested to be moved, but the front desk never got back to me. The mess made by the repairs were never cleaned up until the day before we left. Very noisy if your room is in the front -- but this is SOBE it is expected. Certain amenities which should be included as standard but were not( ie, wifi, refridge, safe) They are an additional cost to you. Parking is across the street for a fee.

As a travel planner, i tend not to always inform the hotel of my occupation because i want to experience what my clients will encounter at the hotel.....to help ensure a certain type of service for them..... cleanilness, aesthetically pleasing to the eye and quality service. That being said, the Marseilles did not pass, hence the low rating.
It is sad because the hotel's location is great -- it is oceanfront and close to some of the night life of SOBE. It would serve them well to regroup, update a bit and retrain some staff. Quality goes a long way. We still managed to have a great weekend in SOBE.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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EHCHA, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Let me first of all apologize to you for not being able to give you the
great experience at our property as mentioned by many of our guest.
As you might had noted while you were here, we are currently undergoing
significant renovation and modernization to make our proberty one
of the best in South Beach. Right now, many of our rooms are renovated,
and apparently you were in one of rooms that is next on our renovation
list. Normally, if ever a guest is not satisfied with the room, it customary
for us to give them an upgraded room. It is of great concern to me that
you mentioned that you alerted the front desk for a room change, and they
didnt get back you. We wish that you had notify management about this
because here at the Marselles, our greatest pleasure is to please our
guest. In fact, our greatest strength is in cleanliness and customer service.

Once again our sincere apologies and hope you will return in the near future
as we are about to finish our renovation.
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

trip booked through expedia, arrived to find air conditioning not working in room, no mini or tub as promised in advertisement. "Upgraded" to a room with a view of the ocean which was a great view but they were jackhammering from 9am to 3 pm in the next room to upgrade it. Manager never returned call. Tried to get a refund x 3 finally expedia got me one night refunded but their position was that they had upgraded me. I just wouldn't go the property is in a terrific location but neither the staff nor the accomodations were worth the view.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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EHCHA, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to lets us know about your experience
at our property, and on behalf of our entire staff, please accept
our apology for any inconvenience you might have had while staying
with us. As you rightly noted, we are in the process of upgrading our
property to ensure that it will be second to none in the area. Upgrading
you to a much better room at no additional charge and giving you
a free night's stay are some of the many thing we do in order to
show you how much we appreciate you and to show you how much we
are truly sorry for any inconvenience to you. Here at the Marseilles,
our staff have a passion for people in general and will go the extra mile
to ensure that you have a great stay: "It's all about you"
We hope that you will give us another chance to WOW you as we
do most of our guest. Thanks again for you feedback.
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Address: 1741 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #118 of 201 hotels in Miami Beach
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Hotel Class:3 star — Marseilles Hotel 3*
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