The Claridge, located on famous Collins Ave. in South Beach, is a fine hotel. It's got charming architecture, interesting art and a great porch for sitting. The front desk staff was friendly and efficient, despite it being spring break. My room was clean, though it showed its age, especially in the bathroom, where the porcelain was cracked and grout dirty or just plain missing.
My room inexplicably was adjoined to the one next door, and I quite literally heard every word and movement of my neighbors, who were not loud. I heard them leave, I heard their cell phone conversations, I heard their TV. It made me especially worried about my own noise, and I found myself tiptoeing around most of the time.
Also, there is ton of construction going on in the area -- mostly restoration of properties, but also roadwork. It's loud. And nonstop. In a couple of years, this part of Collins will be amazing, but while it's still a project, it's an annoyance.
The restaurant/bar is small, and the food was average at best. Also, the bartender was gruff and made us feel like we were inconveniencing him every time we visited (I thought maybe we had caught him on a bad day, but after several days, I learned my lesson). While the desk staff was excellent, this guy...not so much.
I got a great deal to stay here, and if I caught the same deal, I might stay here again, but I would ask for a room that doesn't adjoin with another (but I'm not sure there is such an option -- ask if you're considering booking).
- Also Known As:
- Claridge Hotel Miami Beach
- Clarion Miami Beach
- Miami Beach Clarion
- Claridge Miami Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Claridge Hotel has become the third hotel in Miami Beach to be invited to join Historic Hotels of America. A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America (HHA) identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. Be among the first to discover one of the best kept secrets in South Beach, The Claridge Hotel. Sensual Mediterranean architecture and our unique atrium lobby envelopes the essence of our boutique hotel. Imagine waking up in one of the most famous cities around the globe, Miami Beach where you are just steps away from the sun, sand and pristine waters. Come experience the mystery first hand. ... more less
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