Espanola way suites is a great alternative to one of the extemely pretentious spots on Collins or Ocean. Stayed in April 2012.
When we come to Miami, my boyfriend and I opt for an apartment type facility. This place was almost perfect...
First off, the location is great! It is in Espanola Way Village (hence the name), a quaint, charming street located in South Beach. It is lined with Spanish/Cuban themed restaurants and shops. It is also a 7 minute walk away from the beach. My only complaint with this, is that it wasn't beachfront. However I am not reducing stars because of this. The check-in process is very simple. No line waiting or keys needed here. Once you make your reservation, you are sent an e-mail with the door and building codes (that are changed frequently) to enter the building. There is no front desk or any type of concierge/room service. If you like to be waited on hand and foot this place is not for you.
The service throughout the reservation process was bad. I attempted to call this place numerous times without an answer or a call back. You must go through the site, pay money, and remind them to send you the e-mail with the code before you get any answers from this place.
The apartments are very spacious. We had a 1BR with a full living area, full bathroom, and full kitchen with utensils and cookware. The only carpeting in the the room is the rug located in the middle of the living area. There is a TV in the bedroom and living with basic cable +HBO On Demand. The TVs are decent in size, but I'm used to the big ones I have at my home. I would advise that Espanola Way Suites compose a TV guide. The living room had a guide feature from the remote, but the bedroom didn't.
The cleanlieness of the bathroom shower floor is where the stars come into play. This place would have gotten a 5 had it not been for the disgusting shower floor in room 305. It looked like there was dirt/mold/soap scum cakes between the tiling of the floor. I also found a few stray hairs throughout the apartment (not that big of a deal, but it is worth mentioning). My boyfriend and I had to buy comet, and scrub the floor to even make it somewhat acceptable to shower. We still wore our flip flops after the fact. Other than that, the bathroom was pretty clean.
Another con for me is the $30 per day charge for cleaning service. I understand that this is not exactly a hotel, but they should at least have a minimum stay length for getting your room cleaned. We didn't opt for this since we were only staying for 4 nights. We bought minor cleaning supplies to keep the place tidy, but nothing major.
Just FYI- no parking available, no pool, or fitness room. The noise level at night is something to consider. Not as bad as Ocean Drive, but there is some noise at night from the restaurants. This usually stops around 2am...These were not issues for our stay, but just keep this in mind if you book.
Overall, good place to stay, and would stay here again. My only complaints were that it was not beachfront, the shower, and the service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have 11 suites/apartments --1 & 2 Bedrooms-- that could accommodate all of you depending on our availability, see below:Our Suites:- They all feature 650 to 750 square feet- One Bedroom Suite Occupancy: 2 Adults (Sleeps 2 to 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children under 12 years old. We provide 1 set of sheets per suite, we DO NOT provide extra sheets for futon-sofa.)- Two Bedroom Suite Occupancy: 4 Adults (Sleeps 4 to 5 Adults or 4 Adults and 2 Children under 12 years old. We provide 2 sets of sheets per suite, we DO NOT provide extra sheets for futon-sofa.)- Bed Types: King and Queen Beds. Each suite also comes with a twin size convertible futon-sofa in the living room. ... more less
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