My boyfriend and I just got back from a 7 night stay at the "Seagull" Days Inn and I have to say we enjoyed it just fine.
Me and my boyfriend booked it for $65/night on otel.com, then I emailed one the managers at the hotel and asked to put us in a room with a nice view and a balcony, without paying the $20/night extra for ocean front.
We got room 815 on the top floor, their biggest room. It had a wrap around balcony, 180 degree view of Collins Ave, Collins Park, and the beach. It was a 4ft high balcony wall, so totally private to just us. It was one of the the best parts of our trip, because we got to lay out privately, and it was sunny on the deck all day, because it faced north.
The room was big, probably 600 square feet, bigger than my apartment, with a lock-off entry room with a loveseat and coffee table and french doors to close it off if you want.
The beds were nice, we had two doubles, both had pillow top mattresses and nice pillows.
There's nothing special about the TV or other amenities, but we didn't come there to watch TV all day (except for the NBA playoff games).
There was enough room in the drawers of the TV armoire, we didn't use the open walk-in closet.
The shower has a good round curtain rod, but the bathroom is basic. No complaints, though. The toilet ran a little - just jiggle the handle.
The pool was nice and big, but full of little kids in the evening. I liked the tropical garden feel of the courtyard leading to the pool.
The lobby is Miami beach cheese decor, but charming enough with a fountain and bridge. We didn't get the $12 buffet breakfast at all - too expensive. But there's a Walgreens a block and a half away with basic necessities and food stuff.
The only big problem was the balcony door - it needs to be replaced, and the door sweep had rusted off, so when it rained, water leaked into the room, soaking the carpet. We weren't bothered by it, but it smelled like mildew until it dried a couple of days later. We didn't complain. You get what you pay for.
We didn't rent a mini fridge for $10/day, but a thermal bag full of ice sufficed for beer and some food.
It's just steps from the beach, which was our biggest vacation desire, and most convenient. However, that part of beach was almost full of rented umbrellas and loungers ($30 a day we didn't want to pay) so we had to maneuver our little towels and umbrella to a spot untaken by big rental ones. And there are jet ski rentals right there on the beach too, which seems cool, but they are really loud and annoying after a while. Not related to the hotel. There's plenty of open beach space a little further down.
The concierge was friendly and helpful, as well as the front desk staff. I even stopped by to thank them for booking me into the best room they have. I didn't have to pay extra for it, so all you have to do is ask...
I would definitely stay here again - BUT only in room 815!
I saw inside a lot of the other rooms, and they were small, no balcony, facing the big high-rise parking garage to the south. No thanks.
The hallway carpets need to be replaced, and all the walls repainted, which they were doing while we were there.
You can tell it's an old building, surrounded by fancy high-rises, but we weren't there for luxury and to blow a ton of money. We were there for the sun and beach, and this room had all we needed, with plenty of extra space to spare.
I'd recommend this place for young couples wanting to travel on a budget, or groups of friends travelling together, but not for someone looking for a fancy getaway.
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