We had a great stay at Red. It exceeded our expectations for what we paid ($249./night) during one of Miami’s busiest weeks due to the Ultra Music Festival and the Winter Music Conference. As you can see from traveler photos, the Red lobby has some character, albeit a quirky design element and the rooms are basic and small. However, many hotels in Miami have some type of quirky design element or tribute to Art Deco and are not nearly as put together as Red. In fact, many Miami hotels in this price range are huge disappointments and not what they seem; dirty, tacky or run down i.e. broken bath tiles etc. Red is well kept compared to many other small boutique hotels in this price range.
The staff was great. Front desk staff was friendly and accommodating. They made us feel like any request was ‘no problem.’ The pool area and bar is lovely. The beach across the street, one block away was large and Red provides decent beach towels. They say they have 'beach chairs' but they are the fold out upright camping/sports event types, nothing comfortable for beach reclining. There are umbrellas and loungers to rent for $13. and & 11. per person respectively ($ its Miami!)
There are a few restaurants nearby, nothing too exciting, but there is a small supermarket which has ample basics, a Wallgreens on 23rd and a liquor store within one block. If you don’t mind walking to the South Beach Ocean Drive area for added entertainment, Miami has the best boardwalk and it takes 15-20 min to walk to the busier part of town. We really enjoyed staying away from the busy area for a more relaxed vibe. We've had a few bad experiences staying in Miami with music blaring from hotels or and shoddy accommodations. The Red tries hard to be a chic hotel. The rooms are decent (again for price and for Miami standards). You'll pay the same or $100. more per night downtown for something not nearly as well kept or doesn’t have a nice pool. We stayed at the Claridge on 35th St. a few years ago which was another decent inexpensive hotel but liked the vibe better at Red. Red has a nice pool, and being five blocks closer to the downtown area makes a difference when walking.
PROS & CONS: We were very fortunate to be placed in a two room suite, #501 despite our reserv. for a petite queen. Suites have a kitchen area and give you a feeling of space. I recommend for the extra money if you are concerned about the small size of the bedrooms. Basically, we got lucky with the room size. Most regular rooms are quite small as you can see in the photos.
The red carpet in the living room was stained, the furniture is scuffed here and there and the baths are small but nice; recently renovated and modern. The bed was very comfortable the pillows full but some were lumpy. The towels were clean and new. There was a lot of sunlight coming in because the windows are large. They have the thick block-out plastic curtains behind the sheer panels so you won’t be awoken by the sun. Our room seemed to be noise proof. We could not hear our neighbors which is a benefit of being in an older renovated concrete building.
There was plenty of room in the closets. We had a coffee maker, good regular sized blow dryer, good size mini-fridge, and stove top with a set of dishes. There were two TV’s, one in the bedroom and one in the living area. The living area had a modern sofa that flattened into a twin bed. The air cond. worked great. The fitness center is just a regular hotel room with three old machines, not adequate for the fitness-minded.
As other reviews mentioned, there is major construction going on daily except Sat.- Sun. due to a huge condo complex going up across the street. The noise is very very loud, jackhammers and all and you really can’t sit by the pool and tune it out with headphones. We went to the beach instead. The rooms around the pool on the first floor have to deal with this so I wouldn’t recommend a pool view which faces front. The construction will probably will be going on for another 6 mo. - year (my review date is 3/25/13). Our room #501 was facing the back so we couldn’t hear it though.
Overall the photos are accurate as are most of the reviews for the Red. The restaurant and bar in the hotel are nice but a bit pricey for breakfast or lunch if you are concerned with cost. They offered us a happy hour drink for free and have ice water with oranges at the front desk which was nice after sitting on the beach.
If you are familiar with what you get in Miami, if you don’t mind a hotel right on the beach or on Ocean Drive, if you can handle minor imperfections (scuffs in furniture, dirty carpet, older elevators), Red can be quite a good deal and a pleasant stay.
If you are looking for an upscale or chain hotel experience and want that feeling of everything “just right”, looks and works perfectly i.e. The W Hotel, Wyndham…Red might not be for you.
Good boutique hotel where what you see is what you get.
- Also Known As:
- Habana Libre Beach Hotel
- Habana Libre Beach Miami
- Habana Libre Beach Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Across from the beach, Red South Beach is perfectly located only steps from the fine dining and nightlife of South Beach, convenient from Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami. After a renovation, the Red South Beach now boasts freshly refurbished guest rooms featuring crisp white linens, oversized pillows, and Natura Green amenities. Stay productive with complimentary wireless internet, even by the pool. Forgot your laptop, no worries, we'll loan you one. Stay a night, a week or longer. This is your new home away from home in Miami Beach. Your four legged friends are welcome too. The perfect break from the ordinary, Red South Beach is the perfect backdrop for making memories in South Beach. ... more less
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