I had a great time, and got great value for my vacation. Here are the details.
First, the great size rooms and location. Right on Ocean Drive across from Lummus Park. My 1 BR oceanfront suite was 900 sq feet, with a wonderful view of the ocean, park and street scene from the balcony. It was approximately 100 yards from my door to the water. The place was luxurious. Marble floors, stainless steel kitchen, nice wood panels, King sized bed and Queen sized sofa bed. Free WiFi internet access. The photos at the hotel's website at: http://www.epoquehotels.com/h.php/miami-beach-hotels/boutique-hotel/h/suite524/l/en/
accurately portray this hotel.
The service was also great and exceptionally friendly. I can't believe the 2 reviewers who cricized the service! Our experience was that every time we asked for something, an air mattress, help with the WiFi, taxis, etc., the front desk people were prompt, friendly and very helpful. Keep in mind this is only a 10 suite hotel, with a single employee at the desk, and a cleaning lady during the day. If you must have somebody turn down your bed, or bring you chocolates stay someplace else. Don't criticize these nice people who work at Suite 524.
Not everything was perfect. There was no plasma TV, but who can honestly complain about the two nice 25 inch TVs we did have? The balcony was small, the place could have used a couple more easy chairs, and there was not much for cooking utensils. But maybe we would have gotten them if we had asked; and since we were there only 4 days, and South Beach has so many restaurants right outside our doors we never felt the need to ask. See list below:
I highly recommend Suite 524 for many types of vacationers. Our family consisted of my wife and I, and our 2 teenagers, and we all had a great time with plenty of space to spread out at the 1 BR oceanfront suite. We got an excellent deal through Travelocity. As I mentioned, there are hundreds of restaurants within walking distance for all budgets, and beach nearby.
We usually stay in oceanfront rooms and even though South Beach requires crossing the street, the ocean was so close, the view so pretty, and the crossing so easy, that it was very enjoyable. Of course, South Beach is noisy, with constant traffic and loud music. But that merely added to making our visit to South Beach more interesting. We had no trouble sleeping and listening to the ocean.
Below is a list of some restaurants we tried, with their reviews, at either South Beach or nearby Lincoln Road which is an $8 short cab ride away. Cab fares from Miami International Airport are capped at $32.
Larios on the Beach
820 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-532-9577
User Rating: 6 / 10
Description: SOUTH BEACH. This is Cuban done South Beach style - that means with glitz, bright color, and ultra-chic decor. Young Cuban-Americans and trendy folks of all colors, creeds and ages make this restaurant a mob scene on weekends. If you want to commune with the elbow-to-elbow crowds, Friday and Saturday are ideal. But if you want to dine on Cuban specialties in relative peace, come earlier in the week. The beans and rice is flavorful and hearty, as are the roasted chicken and the Palomilla steak. The prices are a bit higher than at many Cuban eateries, but the party crowd says the ambience and hip clientele are worth every penny.
Lincoln Road Cafe
941 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-538-8066
User Rating: 10 / 10
Description: SOUTH BEACH. On tony Lincoln Road, this restaurant offers authentic Cuban fare in a stylish diner-like setting. The outdoor tables, bordered by lovely plants and shrubs, offer an excellent perch for people watching. The casual atmosphere encourages relaxation, as does the efficient staff. Try the subtly spicy chicken fricassee with plantains, or the traditional arroz con pollo (chicken with rice). Most dishes come with a hearty beans and rice accompaniment that could easily be a tasty meal on its own. A great choice for a business lunch. Live music is provided in the evening.
700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-673-1115
Description: SOUTH BEACH. No-frills Puerto Sagua is a long-standing institution in South Beach, where restaurants come and go with frequency. This one has continued to please the fickle masses with traditional Cuban comfort food and unfussy decor. Native Cubans savor authentic shrimp in garlic sauce, fried plantains and grilled Cuban sandwiches stuffed with ham, pork and cheese. Late hours also make Puerto Sagua a perfect stop-off after a show or a night of club-hopping.
Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant
819 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-672-2898
User Rating: 9.2 / 10
Description: SOUTH BEACH. In the frenzy that is South Beach, this relaxed, down-to-earth retreat serves as a welcome respite. Favored by local artists and musicians, Tap Tap celebrates Haitian culture, from food to visual arts. Cheerful dining rooms are enlivened by original paintings, and the convivial atmosphere puts diners immediately at ease. Tasty, unusual dishes are nothing if not authentic. Standouts include marinated conch salad, pumpkin soup, grilled goat and griyo (marinated, fried pork).
Eleventh Street Diner
1065 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5017 · 305-534-6373
User Rating: 10 / 10
Description: SOUTH BEACH. If you're in search of the best diner in town, your search is over. This SoBe fave is open 24 hours a day, so you can get your motor running and stop and refill all day long. The menu has enough variety to satisfy many tastes, and Eleventh Street is especially well-known for its award-winning fried chicken. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and the staff will make sure you leave happy and content.
1418 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-531-8300
User Rating: 10 / 10
Description: SOUTH BEACH. This serene waterfront restaurant offers a magnificent view. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual, with the menu offering healthy, home cooked food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you crave an omelet, they can whip up a masterpiece for you, and fresh juices are always available. The lunch menu features hearty salads, homemade soups and great sandwiches. Most menu items keep heart health in mind, but you can also throw coronary caution to the wind and sample decadent banana walnut French toast, granola pancakes with chocolate chips, or three scrambled eggs and cheese stuffed into a large, flaky biscuit.
800 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-538-6397
Description: SOUTH BEACH. A popular South Beach spot, this restaurant gained notoriety after the death of designer Gianni Versace – he used to come here daily. Always packed and promising a wait for any table, it's set on a prime corner that permits many glimpses of beautiful people strolling about or on their way to the beach. For lulls in your people-watching, buy a book or magazine from the adjacent store to peruse as you enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin, pastry or full morning meal.
826 Ocean Dr, Pelican Hotel, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-673-1000
Description: SOUTH BEACH. If you're halfway through the day and still have a taste for breakfast, it's available here until late afternoon. The extensive breakfast menu runs the gamut from toast and pastries to elaborate omelets and fruit-topped waffles. The cafe is also a great place to kick back and do some serious people-watching – especially at one of the outdoor tables – with a Bloody Mary in hand. The funky industrial decor is reflected throughout the hotel, which is owned by the Diesel clothing company. Lunch and dinner menus feature tasty Italian-Mediterranean cuisine in ample portions.
Van Dyke Café
846 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln Mall, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-534-3600
Description: SOUTH BEACH. This cafe-society outpost has the same ownership as the ever-popular News Cafe, but this one is less touristy, with a loyal local clientele. Casual crowds, groups of business people, families and lone newspaper readers are common sights. At breakfast, the menu features traditional eggs Benedict, heart-healthy egg white omelets served with fruit salad, and zesty eggs Florentine. Later in the day, the cookie platter, which features six hockey puck-sized varieties, is a fan favorite. In the evening, the upstairs jazz club is a swinging place to mingle.
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