We booked one of the "nicer" rooms, which in quality was suppposed to be between the penthouse and basic. Price was expensive for what we experienced, but Miami Beach hotels are stupidly expensive and yet relatively substandard, in my experience over 3 years of visiting.
Our first impression upon arriving was the guard who rushed out to our car at the curb and told us to move our car immediately after checking in! We checked in and were told that parking was 2 blocks away and would cost more than $15 a day. The room was small but stylishly appointed, in a quirky and edgy way; my girlfriend really liked it (but she's from England). We stayed in the room the first evening and at bed time suddenly noticed there were no pillow cases on the pillows, and that the pillows were actually cushions. It wasn't until the next evening, when the maids knocked on our door, that we realized that these cushions were to be covered by pillow cases in the evening by these maids. "Why didn't they tell us the first night?" we wondered.
We stayed 4 days and each and every morning, the garbage truck would roll down the nearby alley at 7 am and spend a good 15 minutes grinding noisily. Then at around 8 am, we were again awakened EACH MORNING by the chronically yakking restaurant help outside our window! I took a picture on last morning, and it shows about 7 of them congregating below our 3rd floor window, smoking and yelling to each other.
On the other hand, the restaurant in the hotel was fine, and the maitre'd was very helpful. When they couldn't provide the soup listed on the menu (on two separate visits on different days), she suggested a nearby Indian restaurant, which was marvelous, and the waiter did not charge us for our bottle of water which we ordered before they realized there was no soup.
Don't expect any view of the ocean and you won't be disappointed by the chance view of the distant water a block away and beyond the buildings.
The hotel management seemed piqued that I did not want the valet parking, therefore my new English girlfriend eyed me as a cheapskate.
Workout room was tiny but could have been useful to someone dedicated. We did not try the pool.
Bathroom was adequate, especially by the ridiculous, third-world standards typical of Miami Beach nowadays.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Miami Beach
- Miami Beach The Hotel
- Hotel South Beach