My husband and I chose the Claridge for our week-long stay in Miami Beach; we've had our fill of chain hotels and we were interested in the Art Deco architecture on Collins Avenue. This hotel had many good points but a few points that could be improved:
-This hotel is directly across the street from the beach and there's not many other hotels in the area, so our section of the sand felt almost private.
-Front desk staff were accommodating and the gentleman who works in the evenings was wonderful with assisting with suggestions on places to go.
-Room is very clean and well air-conditioned. Housekeeping staff did an excellent job of making sure we had what was needed.
-This hotel is not in close proximity to restaurants or other attractions, so we had to take a cab or walk 20 blocks to eat or do anything besides lay on the beach. We didn't mind the walking as we like to exercise, but this would be difficult on less able-bodied individuals.
-The gentleman who worked in the restaurant was extremely nice but did not speak English, so it was difficult to order anything. We chose one cocktail that we could communicate and stuck with that the duration of our stay. We ate the breakfast buffet one morning and did not return as it left a lot to be desired. Restaurant was open odd hours and often did not have a chef. I feel it's especially important at a hotel that is relatively segregated from the rest of Miami Beach to have a good restaurant with English-speaking staff (at least those who will be waiting on customers). This was the biggest complaint I heard from other visitors to the hotel.
-We asked for beach towels and chairs (which is what the resort fee covers) and we were told there were no towels. We were given one chair and an umbrella. Thankfully we had brought our own beach towels from home as back-up and were able to use those.
All in all, our experience at the Claridge was relatively good. Our stay wasn't expensive compared to other hotels in Miami Beach, but I think we may choose a location closer to food and activities next time.
- 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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