Although very handy for the legendary Joe's Stone Crab, and also situated right on the beach, this place is somewhat removed from other key areas of South Beach and thus manages to be just slightly inconvenient for almost anything you're planning to do. (Of course, $10-$15 and 10-15 minutes will get you a cab ride to most places of interest, you just won't be going out much on foot.)
The hotel itself is a little tired-looking, and the attempt at deco interiors to match the locale has clearly been executed on a tight budget, with the result that the effect is cheap and dated. The restaurant, pool area and outside terrace also manage to look cheap and dated, but without even the pretence of deco styling.
For all that, however, the staff are exceptional, being sincerely friendly, helpful and welcoming. They also managed in many cases to recognise me and remember my name when they saw me around the premises, which is extraordinary for a large chain hotel of this sort (if management ever read this, I would particularly commend Javier on reception and Donna in the restaurant). They were possibly enough to merit a recommendation for this place.
That said, I doubt I'll be back. While not an unpleasant place, it is too soulless and corporate-feeling for a vacation (in particular, it lacks any of the peculiar Miami character enjoyed by other hotels a few blocks north), and too remote to be convenient for business.
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Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay with us and our TripAdvisor readers. The staff at The South Beach Marriott works really hard to create wonderful memories for our guests and we thank you for taking the time to recognize them. We are located in the neighborhood of SoFi ( south of fifth) although it is a few blocks away from the action you are able to get the south beach experience within a few minutes. We are pleased to inform you that the hotel will undergo a complete room renovation this year. This exclusive Jeffrey Beers design will be sleek, stylish with state-of-the-art décor. We are very excited about this renovation. We hope you give us another opportunity after our rooms redo. Warm Sobe wishes.
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