The South Beach Marriott was built in the year 2000. As a platinum elite member I have been staying here for multiple years, and I have to say, that a lot of people stay here all the time. This hotel is always busy. I feel that the management and staff are aware that this hotel is always busy, so that is why they are under renovations. I had the opportunity to see a "new" room, and all I can say is WOW!!!!! I can't wait for the rooms to be completed, so I can stay in one. They are gorgeous!!!
I recently stayed at my home away from home - and I was in a room right below the construction. My husband wasn't feeling well, so he spent most of the day in the room, and when I returned from the beach, he was asleep. When he awoke, I asked him if the construction noise was loud, and he said, he couldn't hear a peep. Throughout our stay, we didn't hear any noise, and we would have never thought the construction was going on.
The staff at this hotel, are Ritz Carlton/Four Seasons friendly, accomodating, and helpful in every way. The valet staff were attentive and always had my car waiting for me. The front desk staff, are amazing: smooth check in, informed me of every outlet in the hotel, and the hours. The Operations Manager (Eyal) even gave me a brochure of the hotel, and that was super-helpful! There is a local map on one side, restaurant reccomendations, and more. The concierge (Seth) was extremely helpful. Seth, helped me book all my transportation needs, tours of Miami (we recommend Admiral Tours), and offered some great restaurants. The restuarant Deco Blue, offered great views of the beach, with a wide variety of food. The breakfast was to die for!
The concierge lounge has been relocated to the Deco Blue restaurant during their renovations, and it is superb. At 4pm, everyday, the front desk staff provides complimentary mojitos! What a great way to start your check in!
The beach: The staff are very attentive to your food and beverage needs. We waiting about 15 minutes from the time we ordered our food, before our drinks came out. 15 minutes isn't bad, since the servers have to walk all the way back to the hotel from the beach.
The hotel offers two wonderful infinity pools with a jacuzzi in the middle. The pool staff (Sophia) is awesome, and always had the pool area under control.
The spa: is great. I had a soothing massage right outside on the hotel terrace. The smell of fresh air, and the heat felt amazing. They offered me a massage inside their spa room, but I decided to have it outside, especially since it is Miami and it is such a beautiful area!
The location: The hotel is located south of fifth street - which offers a quiter location, than most of the hustle and bustle of South Beach. South of fifth - is the ritzier, more upscale area of South Beach. We love staying south of fifth because we go out all night, and it is just a short 6 block walk (10-15 mins) from the hotel. I have had friends stay on the strip, and they always say, they cannot sleep.
Try and find a swoop shuttle, as they are free, and work on tips only (looks like a golf cart, with great music). The .25 cents local Miami shuttle bus is a great way to see the area, and a great means of transportation. You can take it 2 blocks away from the hotel, right to Lincoln Road.
As a Platinum elite member, I travel and stay at Marriott Hotel's all the time. This is my preferred Marriott Hotel in South Florida! I cannot wait to come back, and stay in the NEW RENOVATED rooms!!!
Thank you Marriott South Beach staff for yet another wonderful stay!!!