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“Little Gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Blue Moon Hotel - Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   944 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #61 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great location and 2 mins from south beach. We were in room 136 and no view but quiet and bed was very comfortable and clean. Continental breakfast was included and service was excellent.
We have stayed in larger group hotels in Miami and for couples this is ideal as no car needed and all amenities on doorstep. Trips can be booked from reception and recommend a trip to Sawgrass Mills designer outlet for 30 Dollars per person return and pick-up from hotel. Alfredo the concierge was very helpful as was the reception with information. There was great ambiance in this area and food in hotel was reasonably priced in comparison to area.
We will book this hotel again when in Miami and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My friends and I visited during the the transition of new management from Blue Moon Hotel to Marriott Autograph Collection. With this new crossover, was the new opening of the restaurant. Naturally with any transition, there were hiccups initially. But after a few discussions and clarification, management went above and beyond to accommodate me and my group of friends. The restaurant is hands down, amazing. I don't think I've ever wanted to eat within a hotel's restaurant by choice until this one. The executive chef made sure everything was perfect to our liking. The location is a great, prime location without a ton of noise, as if on Ocean Drive. It's central to the beach, eateries and shops from 5th street to Lincoln Ave. Now the big money question...would I stay here again? Oh so happily.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I stayed at the Blue Moon for a week in September 2012 while in town for a conference. I was so glad that I'd canceled my reservation at the (more expensive) conference hotel and opted for the Blue Moon. The location was right in the middle of the South beach action and shopping. The hotel had FREE wi-fi for guests. I was pleasantly surprised when the included continental breakfast was served at a table, by the waitstaff - no buffet and make-your-own waffles. Overall - this was a good fit for my needs, and I had a great time in Miami.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Blue Moon just went through an extensive remodel and became a part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. To me, that sounded like a good thing, so I gave it a try. The problem was, the new construction was poorly done. For example, the gap under the door from the hall was way to big, the shelf in the bathroom was loose, the marble window sill was not properly cut to size, and the manufacturer's label's were still on the windows.
All of that is disappointing, but I could live with it. Losing sleep, however, is more of an issue to me. I was assigned a room at the end of the corridor, but unfortunately anyone talking could be heard through the nearly one inch opening under the door. Also, the maid's cart was left directly outside my room for my entire stay. That was unsightly, but more importantly, it seemed that there was a lack in overall quality control.
I did like the design of the rooms and the restaurant was reasonably priced and creative.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Stayed here for 4 nights in August 2012. Hotel had been recently done up on our arrival. It is in a great location, a block from Ocean Drive/ the beach. Staff were all so friendly and extremely helpful. Staff at reception advised what we could see and do in the immediate location, doorman/bellboy also told us some of the things on offer while he took our bags to the room. Had breakfast and dinner in FIX and would highly recommend trying it, the staff were only too happy to talk through the menu and make recommendations. The freshly made cocktails at the bar were delicious, the barmen again were happy to make many suggestions about what they could make for you. The room we were in was small but was comfortable, there was a dressing table and flat screen so we couldn't complain. We did not use the pool but it is very small. Bus stop is very convenient for Aventura Mall. Would definitely recommend if you are after a boutique hotel in a quiet location of Miami Beach

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Like most of the other reviews here, my experience ate the Blue Moon was great. I had no problems with noise in the room although the potential was there. We had a second floor room overlooking the pool. Had there but a large group of noisy people using the pool at night it would have been heard but we did not have that problem. The room was spotless and everything was in perfect condition.

The room was small and had little storage space but that is typical of all 'historic' hotels. I am much happier that they kept the Art Deco style and didn't end up removing walls to enlarge the rooms. The new decor is very much in keeping with the Art Deco spirit and very well done.

The front desk, wait staff, and bellman were all very friendly and accomodating.

I did see reviews about the additional cost of parking and lack of a fitness center. All I can say to that was both are true of virtiually every hotel in South Beach. If you are interested in those things, go to one of the big chain hotels not the boutique style hotel. The cost of valet parking is listed on the hotel web site so should not be a surprise. If you want to park your cark yourself, there is a city parking garage 2 blocks away. You can save $7/day over the cost of the valet parking.

The bar is comfortable and the drink prices are 30% cheaper than on Ocean Drive. They also have an espresso macine for those of us that enjoy real coffee.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Was here on business at the end of September, and it was a very nice experience. The location is very good, a block from Ocean Drive, so if you want all that crazines, it's very close to the center of the action, but much, much quieter. On the downside of the quieter, the bar tended to close early, like right at midnight. So, if you wanted a quieter drink, you had to go somewhere else. Lots of options close by though. This is convenient to the Miami Beach Convention Center and all of South Beach.

The room was also good. A little small, but not anything that made you feel cramped. The renovation in the room was good. The very small, old fashioned elevator, was something of an adventure. But hey, at least they have one. You don't need the pool, since the beach is a block away. Plus, the pool is about the size of 3 bathtubs, with no air ventilation. So it's really really hot! You're likely to be the only one there as it isn't much of a hangout kind of place.

No fitness center is the only other major facility drawback. If I was that motivated I could have asked if they had any affiliation.

Front desk service was excellent at all hours. Got me a taxi to the airport very early on a Sunday morning. Were very helpful with a late check in after an awful flight.

Overall, a good value, good facility, boutique flavor. I'd go back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 944 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#33 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#39 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#46 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#46 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#52 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Blue Moon Hotel - Autograph Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique hotel on Collins Avenue combining two historic hotels via an arched breezeway. Unwind in the relaxation pool or on the sky-lit patio with views over Collins Avenue. Fresh take on modern American fare and crafted cocktails at FIX restaurant and lounge. ... more   less 
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