We ended our three week trip to Florida with 6 nights at RIU FLORIDA BEACH. When we first checked in we were put into a smoking room on the somking floor (9th floor). We were not asked if we were smokers and the smell was horrible. Upon request we changed rooms and then had a lovely room on 7th floor with great ocean view. The valet parking assistant was rude when we arrived telling my husband we only had "up to 6 minutes" to unload our luggage from the car, before he would have to "cahrge" us for parking. We had only just arrived and had to take our suitcases out of the car into the (slow) elevator. Breakfast was nice, but smoking is allowed in outside breakfast area, which we thought was not fair to non smokers who had to put up with the cigarette smoke while trying to enjoy breakfast.
Breakfast buffet was good and we also booked some excursions from the hotel. Location is a little too far off from the main spots, although perfect for the beach!! There was a small pool and a nice pool bar. Public bus stop right in front of hote. But when we asked for a bus schedule at the front desk we were told there was not one available. Basically we were satisfied with the hotel. Room was spacious and clean with a large balcony and nice view. Decor was old fashioned (beige colors) and could do with an update. Service at front desk was ok except for putting guests in smoking rooms without asking. Valet parking staff was terrible. Rental car station is close by.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 10-story building is located on the oceanfront in South Miami Beach. Provide limited parking at an additional charge. We are only a 20-minute walk to the Art Deco district; 7.5 miles from downtown Miami, 3.1 miles from a variety of shops, and 11 miles from Miami International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Florida Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Riu Florida Beach Miami
- Riu Miami