I stayed at the palms at the end of July with 2 girlfriends. We where looking for somewhere close to the action of South Beach with a pool and beach nearby - we weren't disappointed.. We shared a room with 2 double beds which was cosy with 3 of us plus suitcases, but the rooms where really nice and great shower with separate toilet (and plenty of mirrors which is a must when 3 girls are getting ready to go out!). We dined in the hotel restaurant the first night - food was really nice, all organic and locally sourced, although a little on the expensive side - $125 for 3 mains and 3 glasses of wine.. to be expected though i guess..
We didn't use the gym but it looked fully stocked equipment wise and was always pretty empty.
Breakfast was included in our stay and a really great way to start the day - really big range of breakfast items including an omelette / waffle station which was always really popular. South Beach is about a $10 taxi ride and quite an experience on a saturday night! we also went to the Lincoln road strip which we preferred - a bit more family orientated and less in your face.. On the rainy day we went to Aventura mall which is absolutely huge and probably should be avoided on the weekend if you don't like crowds - cost about $35 to get there.. probably should have looked at going on the bus i think..
The beach is right across the boardwalk - there is gated access to the property (sometimes locked and you need to have your room key to get back in). There are sun loungers and umbrellas on the beach for hotel residents, but you need to get down there quick in the morning to get a spot.. also the pool bar does service on the beach too which is nice.. Our flight was at 9pm in the evening so we asked for a check out at 12.30 (no extra charge) and spent the day by the pool, you can pay $20 for access to the Aveda showers etc to freshen up before your trip home - shame that they don't have an amenity room that you can use for free. All in all a great stay in a really nice hotel - would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let us welcome you with genuine service and laid-back sophistication at our serene oceanfront resort, set in the heart of Miami Beach. Soul-reviving AVEDA spa experiences, natural gourmet cuisine at Essensia and newly renovated rooms, all inspired by the beautiful nature surrounding our sanctuary. Discover Miami Beach’s award-winning independent beach resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Palms Hotel And Spa
- The Palms Hotel Miami Beach
- Palms Hotel Miami Beach
- Palms South Beach
- The Palms South Beach
- Miami The Palms
- Palms Miami