You truly get what you pay for so for that reason and the reviews I read prior to staying here, I knew what to expect.
The good: The service is the best part of this hotel. This begins with the doormen/bellhops to the front desk attendant, Charlie, who was very polite and helpful - she makes it worth it. The beach is (almost) literally across the street - you couldn't get any closer if you tried. The actual location of the hotel isn't too bad either if you want to be further from South Beach's strip - it's just a cab ride away.
The bad: The lobby smells like mildew. Out of the only two elevators there, only one works and it is slow. The hallways have a cheap motel look and I'm leery of any place with really dim lighting as I'm wondering what they are attempting to hide. The bathroom had no ventilation system so taking a hot shower involved leaving the non-screened window open to receive air.
The ugly: We had a suite which included a mini kitchen. Upon inspection of the counter tops, there were tiny bugs everywhere! It was quite disgusting. Also on our first night while getting ready to head out a HUGE roach crawled in through the door crevice. This reminded me why I'm not a fan of dark lights.
Although we didn't see anymore roaches, I'm sure they were there. I don't know that I would stay here again but if good service is what you like, you'll appreciate what they offer.
- 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