There must be some fakes among all the glorious, five-star reviews of this place. The Cardozo has one thing going for it: It is right on Ocean Drive. That's it. But there are many, many hotels on South Beach.
On Ocean Drive, close to the fanfare.
Nice little soaps and shampoos (okay...so I'm reaching).
Small, separate closet with security safe -- so at least there was a designated area where you can put a suitcase and other stuff out of sight and out of your way in the small room.
Rooms: Many of the rooms are tiny and a bit depressing. Obviously, hanging out in the room isn't a draw when staying in South Beach, but these rooms are adequate at best. My room had a total of one electical outlet in the entire room. I asked the front desk about this and they said all of them are like that (whether they were lying, I don't know -- maybe they just meant the cruddy small rooms like mine). As an aside, I asked them if they had an extension cord I could borrow during my stay; was surprised when they told me that maintenance had a couple but said "no" because "what if they need them for work?" Amateur hour...had to find the local Walgreens about a half mile away and buy one so I could plug in various electronics.
The "desk" in the room was a joke. Tiny rounded thing protruding from wall, with an uncomfortable chair. Basically enough space to lay down your wallet, phone, and a few small items.
Bed: Fair. Don't expect one of those super beds at the better Marriotts, but it was better than a Motel 6 bed.
Climate control: Extremely loud, floor air conditioner under the window. Although it was useful for masking the other noise from outside the room. Kept it cool but I am not sure how effective it would be in summer months, as I was visiting during a mild time of year.
Bathroom: Incredibly small (almost couldn't shut door without wiggling around to get out of the way). Low flow toilet that clogged easily.
Noise: Horrible, at least on the 2nd floor. I apparently was on the hall that is directly above the kitchen for the restaurant. Unbelievably loud -- the sound of pots and pans clanging, cooks yelling, all the noises of a busy, loud restaurant operation just come straight up to the rooms -- probably worse because of this being an old hotel with poor insulation and the hardwood floors.
This was every night, from about 5 p.m. until around 10 p.m. Then of course, late night, you get the all-night partiers and sound just travels in this hotel.
Restaurant: Over-priced, with pushy waiters. I had a standard churasco steak with rice and beans. It was average -- rather plain, nothing to write home about. Would have been okay with a $30 total tab. But $43 total bill for what it was (no alcoholic beverages, mind you - just a Diet Coke) was high. Most steak and seafood entrees were considerably overpriced,
Overall: I would not stay here again due to the negatives cited above. There are several better options nearby for "boutique" type hotels, and there are also better choices for a more upscale experience with better amenities (e.g. Loews Miami Beach Hotel).
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- Also Known As:
- Cardozo Hotel Miami Beach
- Cardozo Miami Beach