Stayed for 2 nights as a young couple in March 2015 in order to experience some of South Beach after staying in Downtown Miami.
To start on a good note - the service was excellent. From the front door staff, reception, bell boys to poolside staff, all were very friendly and will go out of their way to help meet your requests.
The lobby area was impressive and grand. However, once we got to the room we were disappointed by the small size and dated decor, especially as we had paid a premium to be there. We weren't too worried though as we decided we will spend most of the time relaxing or exploring outdoors.
However, got to the pool - completely overcrowded with hoards of screaming children. Not a single bed free pool side. With the help of the lovely pool-guy we luckily managed to find 2 beds in the sun on the lawn area (a little away from the loud poolside.)
There's a VIP sun lounger raised area, but surely no one is daft enough to pay to go up there and still be within earshot of the screaming kids?
The next day we thought we would make the most of the beach. Quite frankly the only thing setting apart South Beach & a beach on England's overcrowded south coast during summer, is the sun!!! -- south beach was quite crowded and the hotel charge for chairs ($13 each), umbrellas $19 each and cabanas if i understood correctly starting from $250. Absolute rip off. It is criminal to pay for a so called 5 star hotel and then charge for basic luxuries like chairs on a beach! We refused, so took the complimentary beach towels and lay down amongst the sand littered with trash and some dog poo. South beach is clearly not as glamorous as expected.
Ultimately the hotel and rooms were clean and was an excellent location - short walk from Lincoln road, all the main restaurants and shops - so for that, we were grateful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The moment you arrive, you are inspired and delighted by everything you see ... From tranquil walls of water and ocean views around every corner to vibrant, modern and supremely comfortable accommodations. With the best location on the beach, the most attentive, genuine staff, and striking design inside and out, you'll truly appreciate every moment at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Time and time again. Loews Miami Beach Hotel is the premier Miami Beach luxury hotel experience, located in the heart of South Beach, directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Our hotel showcases a palm tree-lined promenade, sparkling oceanfront pool flanked by our luxurious, St. Tropez-inspired cabana deck SOAK. The cabana deck is comprised of eight state-of-the-art poolside cabanas featuring private rooftop terraces and plush, luxury daybeds for day or weekly rentals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loews Hotel South Beach
- Loews South Beach
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