My boyfriend and I subsequently ended up staying at The Kent Hotel, after an awful stay at their sister hotel, ‘Colony Hotel’, last February (see my review for Colony). We had such an unpleasant stay, they offered us to come back and stay with their friends and family discount. I loathed the Colony so much that I said I wouldn’t go back, even with the discount. That’s when they informed us about their sister hotel, The Kent. We, on whim, decided to book a three night stay, at the beginning of this month.
We went in blind eyed, and crossed our fingers that it would look nothing like the Colony Hotel. When we arrived on Saturday, 2/8, we were very pleasantly surprised. Located on Collins at 11th, it’s just a block from the beach. In my opinion, this is better than staying on Ocean and getting hassled by the hostesses outside all of the hotel restaurants, that try to shove a menu in your face every time you stroll by. We were greeted by a very friendly, and funny, man. He finished checking in the couple ahead of us and got us settled within minutes.
Our room was AWESOME! It was on the second floor in the front left corner, overlooking the bar & patio restaurant below, and Collins Ave. The room was the perfect size. It wasn’t cramped or tight, like the Colony. We had a huge, very comfortable, king size bed (I now need one this large at home). The windows stretched across the entire front of our room overlooking Collins, and then some continued on the side. The large closet when you walked in was perfect for getting your suitcases put away and everything hung up, without cluttering the rest of the room. The bathroom was very clean, and evidently newly remodeled. The tile, fixtures, and shower all looked brand new. I am very picky when staying at hotels and showering anywhere but my own house, but I felt very comfortable here, due to the cleanliness.
For people who complain about noise, this wouldn’t be a good location for you. The downstairs patio bar had music bumpin until like, 2AM. We didn’t mind at all and it didn’t bother us. We are in South Beach, for god sake. If you are looking for rest and relaxation, find another city! We actually went back to our room one day after the beach, and napped from about 7-11pm, before going out, and slept right through the noise. In the bathroom it was a little louder, but once again didn’t bother us at all. It actually motivated me to get up from my nap and get ready to go out, ha.
We had a wonderful and enjoyable stay at the Kent. All of the members of the staff that we encountered were friendly and accommodating. I would absolutely stay here again and/or recommend it to anyone traveling to South Beach.
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