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“Great location but with issues” 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 #119 of 201 Hotels in Miami Beach
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great location but with issues”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Location is phenomenal! Easy walk to Ocean Drive and shops/restaurants. Room was a nice size and had an updated bath, although not very well arranged with a window from the room into the bathroom (viewing the toilet... why bother with a door?) and the need for long arms to reach the toilet paper. I can deal with this... the problem was the whistling noise from the windows all night long! The caulking that had been done as a band aid on the problem didn't work. Replace the window. I did not sleep for the 3 nights I was there. Then the day before I left it rained all day. Water poured from the window to the floor. To notify the front desk I had to go down stairs... because the phone didn't work. Although the front desk person was quite polite and apologized (remarking that he would notify the manager) the problem was never addressed... they never offered anything to compensate for the fact that I mopped up water all day and listened to the sounds of a bad horror movie all night. Disappointing.

If they could work out the window problems and get a few other minor issues under control it would be a good, reasonably priced hotel. Didn't bother me that the pool is under construction and had to go next door to access beach and pool. Staff was pleasant, but not sure I will return due to the lack of response to what was a major issue during my stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Terrific location on a small budget. Close enough to ocean drive to enjoy all the restaurants and the beach....without having to pay an arm an leg to be on Ocean Drive!
Nice view from the room and the roof...although they are not the nicest on the block. Didn't spend much time in the room however. Keep in mind these are boutique hotels and they have retained some old world looks...great value though..

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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EKHGM, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Dear Valued Guest:

Thanks for the feedback about your stay
at the Marseilles Hotel.

We are very pleased to know that you find our location
to be a great location that is close to Ocean Drive,
all restaurants, and the beach. Your comments about
the "nice view" from our property is one of the many reasons
why travelers, from all over the world, choose to stat with us.

We are very happy that you find our property to be a great value,
and we hope to see you again during your next visit to Miami Beach.

Thanks again!

Yours,
E. Hewitt
Management
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Booked a last minute trip to Miami for a girls weekend. Booked travel through Hotwire so got a good rate on the room. About the hotel, the location is awesome, in walking distance to Ocean Drive and plenty of places to eat or party. I read the reviews prior to going and I was a little hesitant. But any trip is what you make of it. The hotel is good, the service is outstanding. Julian from the front desk was very helpful. The walls are thin and the pool is under construction. But the arrangements with the property next door are fantastic. All in all, we had a good time.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EKHGM, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Dear Valued Guest:

Thanks for taking the time to comment on your stay.

We are very happy to know that you were pleased with our
great location and with our outstanding service.

Your feedback encourages us to the extra mile to ensure
that all our guest have a great experience while staying
with us. Here at our property, it's all about you.

Thanks again and best wishes to you during this holiday
season: hope to see you again.

Regards,
E. Hewitt
Management
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We couldn't have been happier with the services that were provided during our stay. The moment we arrived to the last second we left, your staff was superior! Everyone from your Bellman, Edward to Chris and Francesco at the Front Desk, Melissa and Nihi at your Bar area. We look forward to booking our next stay with you and enjoying the new pool!
Thanks so much to everyone at the Marseilles!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The only thing to love about this hotel is its location. Its next to some very nice hotels and its within walking distance to many bars restraunts and shopping hot spots. This hotel is undergoing heavy construction and remodleing which was never disclosed to me. They have a pathetic attempt at a bar out front which is not worth mentioning. The bartender was smoking behind the bar and blew smoke in my face like it was no big deal. There is no pool or work out room on site either. They try to send you to the hotel next door but its nothing speacial. The room was alright kind of on the small side. The bathroom was absolutley disgusting. Flies every where. I took pictures and mention this to the desk guy and all he offered to do was give me bug spray gee thanks!. Also if you stay here you better hope it does not rain. Every time it rains the street in front of the hotel and where u park your car floods. I'm talking almost to my knees one day and I'm six feet tall. They will charge you a 15.00 a day plus tax for a hidden resort fee which they do not disclose until you get to the hotel and try to check in. If you try to confront them about this fee they blame the service you used to book in my case hotwire. The fact that they charge you for aminietes that should be included is rediculous. In its current condition this is a 2 star hotel tops. They have a lot of nerve charging an extra fee when they are undergoing a massive remodel and the bars in the hotel suck. Maybe they can take that money and create a cool lounge/ bar concept. Crowd here was an older crowd and a lot of international people. Not really a good hotel for people under 50.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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EKHGM, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Dear Guest:

Let me first of all apologize for not pleasing you
in regards to your expectations. We are in the business
of pleasing our guest and always willing to go above
and beyond to ensure satisfaction.

We want you to know that we have completed our major
renovations within our lodging facility and maybe that is one
of the reasons you mentioned that your room was alright.
We are in the process of giving our guest one of the
most beautiful pool in South Beach, and in the mean time
have made provisions to meet their pool needs while
staying with us: we instruct all booking agents to disclose
this information to potential guest. Like all hotels in South
Beach, we charge for parking, and our rate is one of the
lowest in the area. As a matter of information, the entire
South Beach is at sea level, and although most of the time,
the City's Water Management Personel does an amazing
job in flood control, there're few time they are overwhelmd thus
resulting in a little flooding which does not last for long.

We do thank you for your feedback and pay close attention to
your concerns and endeavor to make necessary changes
unter our control.

We definitely would like you to stay with us again because
guest like you encourage us to be more excellent: our goal is
to please all guest.

Best wishes to you.

Yours truly,
E. Hewitt
Management
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

As you can see, this is not a 5 star hotel, but it was updated, clean and comfortable (nice bed, decent sized room, large closet & safe). The location was perfect for us for a few days of fun in South Beach...tons of restaurants/bars close by and a few blocks from Lincoln Rd. Being right on the beach and getting chairs/umbrella is a nice perk (included in your $15/day resort fee). The pool is under renovation until the end of the year, but you can use the pool literally right next door within a few steps. Only drawback is that the rooms are loud...lots of noise from the hallway and music playing outside. If you're looking for an affordable option that has a little bit of everything: good location, beach/pool amenities, affordable price...this is your place! I would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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EKHGM, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Dear Valued Guest:

Thank you very much for taking the time to let
us know about your stay.

We are very happy that you enjoyed our updated
property which you said to be clean and comfortable.
We are also pleased that you find our location to "perfect".
At the same time, we would like to apologize in any areas
we fell short in exceeting you expectation.

Yes, yes, finally, we are in the process of giving you one of the most
beautiful and modern pools in the entire South Beach region,
and when you stay here again, I am sure you will attest to this fact.

Once again thanks, and all the best to you.

Yours,
E. Hewitt
Management.
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This Hotel needs to inform potential guests that they are under construction with major amenities not available, I found out when checking in that here is major construction taking place around the pool area at the back of the hotel so forget about the nice poolside bar etc as its all being renovated and off limits. Currently the hotel is not compensating its guests for the loss of on site amenities, not even waving their tacky $15 facility fees. Every Hotel requires remodeling sooner or later they just need to let people know that is the situation. So for now You are not getting what you think you are paying for at the Marseilles. They do however offer guests access to use the hotel next door's pool, but it is noisy with all the construction going on at the Marseilles on the other side of the wall.
The hotel's staff treated us very well during our stay , the room was very clean, the location is good and once the construction is completed I would return to this hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EKHGM, Manager at Marseilles Hotel, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Dear Valued Guest:

Let me thank you for your feedback and for choosing us.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience you might had experience
while staying with us.

Yes we do inform our guest and travel agents about the modernization
of our pool, and as you rightly mentioned, upon check in, we inform all
our guest about our pool and direct them to our alternate pool just a few steps
away. The vast majority of our guest appreciate our efforts in providing them
with an alternate pool that is just as nice as ours, and we even go as
fars as offering all of them discounts on drinks at the pool as well as free
passes for beach chairs and umbrellas along with beach towels. We are
very sorry that information about the pool modernization was not conveyed
to you when you made your reservation and will do even more to make sure
that message reachs all our potential guest.

We also want to thank you for your honesty in commenting about our very
clean rooms, good location, and friendly staff.

Thanks again for making us know that you would return to our property.

Yours,
E. Hewitt
Management
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #119 of 201 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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