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“Great condo owner unit 1128” 3 of 5 stars
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Design Suites at Castle Beach
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   5445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140   |  
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Ranked #155 of 205 Hotels in Miami Beach
Granite Bay, CA
1 review
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“Great condo owner unit 1128”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This facility is primarily a group of condos some of whose owners rent out their units. We had an ocean facing unit with a balcony. The unit was clean and comfortable but did have a bit of deferred maintenance going on. We called the owner, Amilio, from the airport and he met us at the unit, completed the paperwork and then showed us around the facilities. True, the manditory valet service could be slow at specific times of high demand but could be planned for. The elevators were our biggest complaint as they were slow and would not always stop at the designated floor unless the button was held. This is NOT a hotel and as such one should not expect it to be staffed according to a hotel standard. Our unit was a good value with an accomodating owner. We used our cell phones and had no connectivity issues. We definitely would stay in unit 1128 again.

Room Tip: only the four units facing the ocean and in the center of the building have balconies. Contact the u...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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desigmiami, Owner at Design Suites at Castle Beach, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
HI! Thank you for staying with Design Suites At Castle Beach!
Our Mission is to give the best possible service to our customers.
We are happy to know that your experience was favorable.
We look forward to your visit very soon!
The Staff At Design Suites At Castle Beach.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Overall would never stay here again. Price was cheap due to booking very far in advance through a discount site, but it was in no way worth it. The place just needs A LOT to get itself up to date and has made half-of-an-effort to accommodate. You're much better off staying anywhere else. Really take a moment to read the reviews and make your decision based ont he experience of others staying here, it's really not recommended unless what you're looking for is simply cheap with no expectations. Booked *adjoining rooms* ended up with two separate rooms on two different floors, which were both different. 423 / 523 . 523 was clearly much better of the two though neither room was worth staying at ever again. There are clearly endless violations on this building all through-out, just keep in mind the photos on the website grossly over-promise.

Positives:
+ Convenience and price (after advance discount)
+ Internet is wireless (took a while to get it to work)
+ Free Parking included (1 spot per room, but be prepared it takes a very long wait to get your car out, 15-20 min every time, as valet is a requirement)
+ Pool
+ Beach Access

Neutrals:
0 - Cleanliness overall was so-so
0 - Staff overall was so-so
0 - "Kitchenette" (it's more *for show* and simply not realistic to even think of attempting to cook anything in the room)
0 - "receptionist" is actually Security Guards watching the cameras at the front entrance, this didn't necessarily bother me but appeared unusual and is only inches above a negative.


Negatives:
- Deceiving advertising (no clock, no phone, no radio, no ipod dock, no daily cleaning)
- No Breakfast options
- Lighting in the room is very limited and dimly lit (they use a small track lighting to light the entire room, any electrician could spend a pair of hours and put in a standard ceiling light centered and solve this problem for less then $200 and would be a very welcomed fix)
- Walls are paper thin (they were drilling nails from 8am-2pm from all sides and I could hear my neighbors watching tv / moving around)
- Far from the south beach strip (5445 = 54th Street)
- Elevators are ancient (only 2 working for 20 floors, very VERY slow long waits, approx 15-20 minutes, on top of the 20 minutes to get your car)
- Construction (I came for vacation and work, there were no listings or notices anywhere about construction going on, but that is all I heard all morning and day during my stay)
- "Limited View" meant a roof wall in-front of the window with bird poop all over it (literally)
- Rooms and hallways STUNK of cigarettes at all times
- Building needs A LOT of attention to fix up and restore, it's very out-dated all around and is just not in good shape.
- The Turkish Bath and shops downstairs were very questionable... if you have kids this is definitely not a hotel for your family... if you're just going to party you might not care as much
- Door knobs don't work or lock and are just *for show* (you have to use the deadbolt and shove the door open when unlocked)
- Beach area access is not where you want to spend time if you're thinking of "going to the beach" yes you have access and there is "a beach" but if you really want to be on south beach you'll need to get in your car, or take a bike, or cab down a good 2 dozen blocks.

Room Tip: Keep looking for a different place to stay. I would not stay here again.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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desigmiami, Owner at Design Suites at Castle Beach, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
HI! Did you stay with Design Suites At Castle Beach?
If you did, we are deeply sorry to know that your experience wasn’t what we give to all of our customers.
Our Mission is to give the best possible service to our customers. Still, there are some aspects that even though we try solve, they depend on weather conditions.
We are experiencing the last stage of a massive renovation in the building, and this may cause inconvenient noises during the day and delays on the request of the elevators (which are being changed one by one).
We have a weekly plan of extermination and disinfestation for it is a major problem in the city.
Our beds have been bought within the last two years, and we respond immediately to any claim that we receive. And last but definitely not least, our staff is monthly trained with the best customer service high standards, and our own reception is now open from 9 am to 9 pm.
We appreciate your review, and we look forward to your visit very soon offering you a 50 % discount on your next visit.
The Staff At Design Suites At Castle Beach.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is absolutely disguising.. We booked through the design inn owners. The second we got in the room we saw 5 big cockroaches it was terrible. There is no wifi the floors were dirty and no cell phone service what so ever. Staff Is never around. I would never ever visit this hotel again as far as I'm concerned it should be shut down. Everything was dirty including the bed. Unless you like BUGS don't stay here!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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desigmiami, Owner at Design Suites at Castle Beach, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
HI! Did you stay with Design Suites At Castle Beach?
If you did, we are deeply sorry to know that your experience wasn’t what we give to all of our customers.
Our Mission is to give the best possible service to our customers. Still, there are some aspects that even though we try solve, they depend on weather conditions.
We are experiencing the last stage of a massive renovation in the building, and this may cause inconvenient noises during the day and delays on the request of the elevators (which are being changed one by one).
We have a weekly plan of extermination and disinfestation for it is a major problem in the city.
Our beds have been bought within the last two years, and we respond immediately to any claim that we receive. And last but definitely not least, our staff is monthly trained with the best customer service high standards, and our own reception is now open from 9 am to 9 pm.
We appreciate your review, and we look forward to your visit very soon offering you a 20 % discount on your next visit.
The Staff At Design Suites At Castle Beach.
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New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This hotel is definitely advertising itself as something better than it really is. I read the reviews after booking on (unnamed website) for a greatly reduced rate without knowing its name first. I was a little worried, but figured, for the number of stars it has, even with these reviews, it can't be terrible, it must at least be average. And that's what it was. I definitely heard some complaints from people while we were there, though we didn't have anything major go wrong. The walls are PAPER THIN, however. Also, there was an unannounced four-hour water shutdown one morning (there were signs up in the hotel - but only once the shutdown had stopped, not before). After staying here, I was not annoyed or angry at all because of how much (or how little, as it were) I had paid. But had I been a full-paying guest, I probably would have been. The pool is nice, and the beach is right at your door, so what more could you want?... As someone who's "booked blind" before and been pleasantly surprised many times after finding out where I was staying, this was not one of those places, though....

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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desigmiami, Owner at Design Suites at Castle Beach, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
HI! Did you stay with Design Suites At Castle Beach?
If you did, we are deeply sorry to know that your experience wasn’t what we give to all of our customers.
Our Mission is to give the best possible service to our customers. Still, there are some aspects that even though we try solve, they depend on weather conditions.
We are experiencing the last stage of a massive renovation in the building, and this may cause inconvenient noises during the day and delays on the request of the elevators (which are being changed one by one).
We have a weekly plan of extermination and disinfestation for it is a major problem in the city.
Our beds have been bought within the last two years, and we respond immediately to any claim that we receive. And last but definitely not least, our staff is monthly trained with the best customer service high standards, and our own reception is now open from 9 am to 9 pm.
We appreciate your review, and we look forward to your visit very soon .
The Staff At Design Suites At Castle Beach.
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Manhattan, New York, United States
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27 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I heard the worst things about this hotel and all I have to say is those things have been corrected or were untrue..This is more of a condo than a hotel and my biggest complaint is there is no concierge, telephone in the room, or services. However, for the price I paid, I can't complaint. It was clean, comfortable, beautiful pool, great food and bar service near the pool. There is no pool boy to get your chair, supply a towel and the same applies to the beach area which is absolutely gorgeous. Maid service supplies you with enough towels and the elevators work just fine. The valets were most helpful with directions and courtesy. It does help if you speak Spanish, you feel like you're vacationing in Some Latin country. There are several shops in the lower lobby where you can buy foodstuff to keep in your refridge since the suite comes with a kitchen which is nice since there is no room service.

Room Tip: Even if you are not facing the ocean there is still a nice view of Collins Ave, and the anal with it...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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desigmiami, Owner at Design Suites at Castle Beach, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
HI! Thank you for staying with Design Suites At Castle Beach!
Our Mission is to give the best possible service to our customers.
We are happy to know that your experience was favorable.
We look forward to your visit very soon!
The Staff At Design Suites At Castle Beach.
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Argentina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 5 nights. We payed abut $100 the night and we really enjoyed our stay. You have to take into consideration that this hotel has different owners, therefore you have to just look at who it is that you are renting the apt from.

The hotel has a beautiful pool, and pool area. From the pool, you are able to see the beach view. It is amazing! The sunset is gorgeous! The hotel also has a mini market with a super nice staff. They were nice enough to help us with where to go clubbing and where we should shop as well.

WE WOULD DEFINITELY STAY HERE AGAIN! THANK YOU.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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desigmiami, Owner at Design Suites at Castle Beach, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
HI! Thank you for staying with Design Suites At Castle Beach!
Our Mission is to give the best possible service to our customers.
We are happy to know that your experience was favorable.
We look forward to your visit very soon!
The Staff At Design Suites At Castle Beach.
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minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed for three nights at the beginning of March. We felt the hotel was a good value for the price. We had an Ocean View room with a microwave and fridge for about $100 per night. The room was not updated or spotlessly clean. This area definitely could use some improvement.

The staff at the front entrance were very helpful and courteous. They were available to answer all questions and went above the call of duty to see that we enjoyed our stay in Miami.

The pool area is awesome at this hotel. It is a large pool with a huge patio that is kept very clean. There is also a reasonably priced restaurant in the pool area. The food there is very good.

The beach access is also nice here. The only thing that would make it nicer is to have beach chairs available. Otherwise it is a great location.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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desigmiami, Owner at Design Suites at Castle Beach, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
HI! Thank you for staying with Design Suites At Castle Beach!
Our Mission is to give the best possible service to our customers.
We are happy to know that your experience was favorable.
We look forward to your visit very soon!
The Staff At Design Suites At Castle Beach.
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Address: 5445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
#31 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#93 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Design Suites at Castle Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Design Suites Miami Beach, a beachfront property, is a selected group of condos on the emblematic Castle Beach Club -formerly The Playboy Hotel-. It has direct access to the beach, an outdoor pool and sun deck, fitness center, restaurant, pool bar, a grocery store in site, vending machines, laundry, dry cleaner, and Russian and Turkish bath. Guests can relax over the lounge chairs by the pool, with Wi-Fi access. All condos at Design Suites Miami Beach, feature a flat screen TV with cable channels, iPod docking station, Wi-Fi or cable access (free), safe box (free), kitchenette or full kitchen, daily cleaning and Free Valet parking. Only a 10 minutes' drive from South Beach and Bar Harbor, and 20 minutes from MIA International Airport. ... more   less 
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