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“just been painted” 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 #122 of 203 Hotels in Miami Beach
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“just been painted”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

it is one of the cheaper hotels next to the beach. It is basic and clean although the carpets could do with an upgrade. the bedroom had just been painted so clearly there is ongoing work.
Close to the beach, easy for the shops, if you need them, at a reasonable price, except for the parking which is 28$US a day for outdoor yard parking..
The staff were pleasant enough and the breakfasts good.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, December 12, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your stay.
We are pleased to know that you think that our rates are
very economical. Your other positive comments about our
closenesst to the beach, friendly staff and clean rooms are
well appreciated.

Most of our rooms were recently upgraded thus the reason for a new smell. We are almost at the level where we will "WOW" all our
guest and give them the great experience you had while staying with us.

Thanks again and looking forward to see you here during your next
stay in Miami Beach.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Location, beach front and terrific staff are the outstanding qualities of this hotel. It is in the midst of a major renovation, while still adhering to its art deco roots. Our large room had been renovated and the bath was lovely, beds very comfortable. The reno noise went on all day, and you can tell by looking at the elevators that they are being used to haul construction materials. The pool is very large by today's hotel standards and goes to 8 feet(!) deep. The outdoor area with a decent number of lounge spaces, both on sand and off, featured comfy seating and hammocks, and cabana changing rooms. My husband loved the huge pool table in the lobby area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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.

Room Tip: The bus to the Miami Airport stops right outside the hotel! When booking if you want quiet, make sur...
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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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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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Additional Information about Marseilles Hotel

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #122 of 203 Hotels in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marseilles Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 112
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