This place is so elegant, so lovely, and so well-equipped with fun from the bottom floor to the top! Second stay for 2 nights & here is what I would like to say:
PROS: Location is wonderful and art deco ambience is spot on. The Wish Cafe serves the best food, and the servers essentially treat you like royalty. After viewing the dessert menu and not finding what I wanted (dark chocolate to go with a glass of port), the waiter made an effort somehow to make that happen, and I was able to enjoy my dark chocolate with my wine! Unbelievable! The rooftop bar is enjoyable for a breezy glass of champagne on a weekend night, but we were disappointed it wasn't open during the week. Sunday afternoon consisted of a couple of hours on the beach followed by a couple of hours at the rooftop pool with pina coladas -- the most heavenly way to spend a day. The bartender at the pool bar was gracious, kind, and more than helpful -- he gladly delivers drinks to you poolside while you are taking a dip!
CONS: Much smaller room than last time, almost too small a bed for 2 people, although it is advertised as a standard room for 1-2 people. The breakfast at the Wish restaurant was not a good experience. No one brought us a menu or waited on us and other tables near us for 20 minutes or more. Once a waiter was located, the service was snarly and perfunctory. The pancakes were rock hard, and the price was exorbitant. This also happened to us last year at breakfast. In the future, we will choose to eat breakfast out. The Wish Cafe seems to devote its best service for dinner guests.
These drawbacks are not enough reason for me not to return -- I will in 2012!
- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Miami Beach
- Miami Beach The Hotel
- Hotel South Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built in 1939, by master architect L. Murray Dixon, today the hotel encompasses 73 deluxe rooms and suites, a rooftop pool with panoramic ocean views and Spire Bar & Lounge – a chic hot spot located rooftop behind the historic Tiffany spire. The new oceanfront addition to The Hotel of South Beach offers 20 breathtaking deluxe rooms, located at 800 Ocean Drive, bringing The Hotel of South Beach’s rooms and suites down to the ocean. ... more less
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