Lots of good things have already been written about this hotel and they're all true.
It's a great hotel - not too big or small, it's beautifully designed and is in a great location for whatever you're looking for - beach, cafes, restaurants or shops.
We were warmly welcomed on check-in. I mentioned in passing that I'd seen a bagel-slicer and wanted to buy one before I returned to the UK. Danii on reception took it upon herself to research options and later handed me internet printouts of the local stores where I could buy one.
We had a series of hiccups with rooms not being ready or having noise or air-con problems. These were exacerbated by people not keeping their promises to put things right. You got a sense they had some really excellent staff (inc.uding Danii on reception, Jean-Pierre - bellhop and Jyrki the manager) who contrasted with some others who didn't seem completely on the ball. We were offered complimentary cocktails as compensation which are also well worth paying for, especially the frozen mojitos with glow-in-the-dark ice cubes.
The hotel is as great in real life as the photos on their website. Breaksfast in the tropically-planted garden is deligtful as is the rooftop pool with ocean views. And the Wish restaurant is superb.
This hotel isn't perfect (sound insulation between rooms is not great) but it manages to do one really important thing right - which is to make their guests feel special - and without charging silly money for the privilege.
- 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