I am an avid "tripadvisor-er" but I have to admit that I did not plan this trip to South Beach so I didn't even read the reviews of this hotel until after we stayed. I will say that most of the reviews are spot on!
Good: Charlie, the concierge, was one of the most helpful and friendly people I have ever encountered in her role! Do ask her anything and she will be able to help!
Bad: the valet. It is far from the hotel. They ride bicycles to get your car so they say allow 30 minutes to get the car for you. Once it took an hour and a half. They did refund us the valet fee for that day.
Good: the restaurant! Breakfast is always packed! The food is fresh. The room service menu is the same as the dine in menu.
Not as good as hoped: cleanliness. The lobby is beautiful! The rooms are cute, but there are some definite maintenance issues of paint peeling, holes in sheets, and the occasional forgotten vacuum or wipe down of an area in the room. We stayed in a suite with a kitchen. It had silverware, plates, and even a stove! But the sponge had been sitting under the cabinet wet for what seemed to be weeks as mildew had collected on it. Again, not serious, but also an unwelcomex oversight. I did however, let my daughter run around without shoes with no hesitation.
Didn't bother me: location. 30th is definitely away from the night life by 20 blocks. The Palms across the street had a great spa, pool and beach. The spa is definitely not free and they might charge you to use the facilities for the day, but just try to walk on! There is a great pay-to-park lot by the W Hotel around 22nd. Great spot for public beach access and closer to things.
My over all assessment is I would stay here for business or for a quick jaunt. I would stay at a larger hotel if I planned on spending more time at the hotel than we did. It was great for our trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only half a block from the white sands and clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the chic Red South Beach Hotel offers guests the perfect setting to escape, entertain and rejuvenate while discovering Miami, Florida. Conveniently situated at the gateway to South Beach, the newly renovated boutique hotel artfully blends baroque elements with contemporary finishes to evoke a sense of stylish beauty and sophistication. Guests can spend the day basking in the warm Miami Beach weather at the outdoor swimming pool while enjoying delicious food and beverages from Barok, the on-site bar and restaurant. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel's beach chairs and towels, daily happy hour, high speed Wi-Fi, loanable laptops, fitness room and concierge services. Offering three room types to suit traveler needs, the Red South Beach Hotel features welcoming personal service, a contemporary ambiance, brand-new furniture, comfortable pillow-top mattresses and eco-friendly toiletries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Habana Libre Beach Hotel
- Habana Libre Beach Miami
- Habana Libre Beach Resort