My sister and I went to south beach on Thursday, May 22 and checked into the Cardoza Hotel at 1300 Ocean Drive. I reserved a King Suite months in advance, but made no payments until check-in. We arrived just after 1pm, and although check-in isn't until 3pm, our room was ready! The room was kinda cozy for a king suite. The bathroom had a stand-in shower, so no tub for bathing. Our view faced the alley, but there was a view of Collins street. The room had a heavy fragrance when we arrived that smelled great, but faded before we left after 5 days. The bed was stiff, but comfortable. My sister, who suffers from lower back pain, actually enjoyed the bed!
The walls/doors/floors are thin. So sound/noises are abundant, you'll hear plenty.
Room service ran late, so they never disturbed us to clean up. We typically left the room by 11-12pm each day.
The staff was pleasant and helpful; however, our cleaning service REPEATEDLY failed to replace our face towels with each passing day. So we were forced to call down to send for them.
The location was AWESOME! We wanted the party atmosphere! Police outside, barricades blocking Ocean Drive, party people walking around or headed to the beach. And since everything is in walking distance, this was a great location right on the beach front for Urban Beach Week.
The hotel charges a $50/night deposit that was deducted from my debit card in two days (way too soon). However, they promised it would all be refunded after check-out. So I'm still waiting for the refund.
We arrived on 5/22 and checked-out 5/27, and overall we had a wonderful time. Everything down there is SUPER expensive, so save your coins! Our room rates were ~ $226/night.
The room was clean without any bugs! (YES!!!)
But I must warn you: DO NOT use your debit/credit card at the hotel's restaurant. The waiters have a nasty habit of swiping your card, but failing to return it to you. I thought my vacation was ruined when I couldn't find my debit card, but when I returned to the restaurant, not only did he keep my card, but they had a STACK of cards bundled with a rubber band from other patrons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located on Ocean Drive, the hotel offers a variety of magnificent deluxe suites, superior ocean view suites, and standard room accommodations. Set in the heart of South Beach, you are within walking distance of the best restaurants, lounges, and nightclubs Miami Beach has to offer. The Cardozo Hotel offers the finest in service, location, and comfort in one of the most exciting and trend-setting cities in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cardozo Hotel Miami Beach
- Cardozo Miami Beach