was in Miami for business and a quick one night turn-around after scheduling several meetings. The start to my stay was arriving at 7:45am on the red eye from Las Vegas and even though I hoped the room would be ready, I had little hope. Sure enough, my room would not be ready until the afternoon so asked the gentleman working the check-in if I could leave my bag until check in so I didn't need to drag it around with me. He rather rudely stated "You can put it in that room over there, but we can't guarantee it will be here when you get back." Wow! So I dragged my bag 0.8 miles to the Convention Center and left it there instead.
Checking in around 3:30 pm, I did nothing more than open the door, hang up my clothes and left. I did notice very clean and pleasant common areas and although spacious, my room was very spare, not many furnishings and no rug/carpet. After dinner I got back to the room and noticed the bathroom was horrible. EVERYTHING in the room was painted with white latex paint, walls, sink, tiles, tub, everything, and it was peeling in several places. The room was very loud, since there was not much in the room to dampen it. No ice bucket to be found, the pillows were very thin and uncomfortable and the "curtain" across the front window was a shower curtain! Next morning the breakfast buffet included with the room was so thin (coffee, cereal and pastry) I left and went to a diner down the street.
Sorry, but at the price for this room ($244 after taxes and fees) I expect something more. I recommend they put more money into making the guest rooms comfortable and less into looking cool like the fancy "surf board" check in desk.
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