We stayed at this hotel fpr 4 nights in February 2013. " Days befoe we crtuised and 2 days afterwards. Stayed in a standard roon the foirst two nights and upgraged to Pool room after the cruise ( cost an extra 50 dollars per night to do so) ( which is mutch better than the standard room). You are also required to pay a resort tax for use of pool faciltes etc at 11 or 12 dollars per day, compulsary. Pool rooms are much better with little areas out side to sit at by the pool, not to private but fine and the pool area is quite pleasant. This is a quirkey strange little hotel, but so well priced, in this very expensive city.
Be aware that Miami Hotels and restaurants at South Beach are very very expensive( in fact everything is very expensive as a rule). This hotel however is well priced for Miami, it is in South Beach, collins Avenue, just a little bit out of the main drag at South Beach(Ocean Drive) and Lincoln Road ( shopping and cafe areas). The beach is only a few minutes walk away though sun beds etc are dear, but cheaper at this end of sough beach, the nearer you get to ocean drive the dearer they become. You can walk all the way along the boardwalk at the beach to ocean drive a good 20 minute walk will take you to the main areas. A taxi to mian areas is about 7or 8 dollars about £5 or £6 and are readily available. The Hotel has a nice little pool and loungers, the cafe off the main hall is fine and breackfast was aslo good enough. It is not particularly cheap of eat and drink there but not too bad especally for Miami. The decor is stark white and bright red, brash and blingy but clean and the staff are friendly and very helpful. Room furnishings are an aquired taste, but OK with flat screen TV's. You can bring in pizzas and your own wine and drinks to the rooms, they all have emply fridges in each room for you to use. White wine at the hotel was about 8 dollars a glass and red around 12 dollars, bottles of 1/2 litre water around 3.5 dollars, service and taxes is added to every thing you buy, so the price you originally see in never really the end price. There is an ice machine also with ice buckets in all rooms. The air con worked well, so that was good.
It is very much cheaper to have a nice late lunch rarher than dinner as many restaurants do lunch deals ) be aware of drinks prices at resturants expecially on Ocean Drive, we were caught out when we went into a restaurant and were offered a free glass of wine with our meal, which we did get, however they asked if we would like a drink whilst awaiting our meal, we ofcourse say yes and had a gin and tonic each, this cost us 40 dollars, we also had another glass of wine each which cost 24 dollars, also they add tax and then service charge to the bill. The bill for 2 pizzas, and one creme brulee and the above drinks was 140 dollars. Ocean Drive should however be experianced, it is busy crazy and a great way to people watch. Food is expensive but not excessive, its the drinks prices that push up the bill, so just be careful. Lincon Road is the shopping area with lots of outdoor cafe's and restaurants, also great place to wander and people watch (and boy where there some sites to see!).Another little area near lincoln Road which is to eat at is Espanola way, there is a great Italian restaurant there, food brilliant and set menu very good and reasonable.
We also went to the everglades and it was interesting, lots of tours on offer, make sure you barter and do not accept 1st price offered. ( we payed 35 $ instead of 55$). You can also do a day trip to the Bahamas, which I think would be great, but as we had just done aweeks cruise we didn't need to do this. There are also lots of other trips you can do also.
We enjoyed Miami and felt quite safe there.
- 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