I was pleasantly surprised by this modest little hotel. After reading some of the reviews below, I was afraid our Brazilian friends might have booked us into someplace awfully Spartan. But this is the upscale suburbs of Sparta. First, the staff were really nice. The front desk guys were unfailingly pleasant as I peppered them with questions and requests. The lady who stocks the breakfast bar looked after my 94-year-old father, bringing him coffee and magazines when I went out for a walk on the nearby biking/walking path. As noted in other reviews, the breakfast nook is hardly more than a cranny, but everyone was very polite and waited turns getting their coffee and croissants. I liked the bright, cheerful communal sunroom where you sit at long tables to eat. The clientele is very multi-national, and I found breakfast to be primo people-watching time. The hotel is only one block from the beach and has its own area on the beach where you can rent chairs. We did not go sit on the beach, but the Townhouse’s private area looked fine from a distance. I enjoyed my walk up the ocean-front path and back down the beach itself. Zillions of (expensive!) restaurants all around, of course. On the down side, the hotel has seen better days and is a bit worn about the edges. The room we had (218) was fine, not too small and had a bathroom door, but the furniture was pretty minimal and elderly, so be prepared for that. No dresser, but there was a hanging thing in the closet where we stowed our unmentionables. Our room did have a mini-fridge in the closet. I slept on the sleeping couch which was quite comfortable for someone under 6 feet tall who isn’t really that chubby considering her age. I was amused by the unpredictability of the linens they gave me for the couch. First I had a couple of duvet covers, a bit unusual, but they worked out all right. Then the duvet covers vanished and were replaced by one sheet. I called down and got another, so no problem, but there is clearly no standard set of linens for the sleeping couch. The air conditioning worked well since my father kept making me turn it off because he was too cold. I was not too cold. They have Stairmasters in the hallways in case you would like to work out in full view of passersby. At night, they light the lobby with dozens of candles. There was a candle in the room, too. I wondered if their insurance company had approved all that open flame, but it looked lovely. The location is pretty noisy, but all of Miami Beach is pretty noisy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Best Kept Secret on The BeachConceived as a cool, fun and fresh retreat by owner Jonathan Morr, Townhouse offers a playful combination of modern design and old-fashioned comfort. Situated in the midst of South Beach and only steps away from the ocean, Townhouse provides guestswith a sleek and sexy hideaway for a weekend getaway or long retreat.Townhouse features 69 rooms affering fresh-cleanexciting design. The hotel offers free WI-Fi and complimentary breakfast served daily in the Pantry.The outdoor rooftop terrace offers a luxurious-yet simple design. At night the rooftop transforms into a lounge-sushi bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Townhouse Hotel Miami Beach
- Townhouse Miami Beach