I had family coming to town recently, and put them up at the European Guest House. I wasn't sure what to expect given the tenor of some of the other reviews, but took a chance. Boy, did it pay off!
The European Guest House is set in the middle of the residential neighborhood known as Flamingo Park (or Zone 2, if we are going by Miami Beach residential parking zones). It is a 5-10 minute walk to the beach, bars, clubs, and restaurants, but the neighborhood itself is quiet, so if you come back to your room and want to get some sleep, you won't be kept awake by the throbbing bass of the bar/club/slow-driving automobile with the 600-terawatt audio system outside (a problem that almost all of the hotels on Ocean, Collins, and Washington Ave have to a greater or lesser extent).
In fact, European Guest House does not even have a sign on its front, though you can still see the marks in the paint where the old script-style letters used to be. It blends in seamlessly with the neighborhood around it, which could lead you to miss it if you aren't careful.
Our room was modest, but a bit larger than the rooms we've had at SoBe You (another B&B a few blocks away). The bed was comfy, there was some stylish, though Ikea-esque furniture, and the room was clean. The bathroom featured a shower that was truly European: why do they refuse to put lips to keep water in the shower? Is it supposed to be accessible to Daleks? Plus there is that shower nozzle contraption that you've seen in Italy and Germany that looks like a payphone from the future. It worked, however, and the water pressure was good and the hot water came slowly but was hot when it arrived. The sink did not have hot water, but was "being fixed soon."
I was concerned that the location of the room near the front door and "lobby" area would get noisy, but it did not. The door to the room was not hung well; it scraped on the floor when it opened, and you could see daylight at the top when it was closed, but it was secure enough for us.
The yard/patio area was lush with vegetation and had nice tables; the manager had about 3 or 4 mosquito-repellent coils burning when we arrived, but as it has been dry and cool recently in South Beach, mosquitoes have not been much of a problem in my yard a few blocks away. In the summer and fall when it is wet, they are bad everywhere.
The wifi worked well; the manager/owner/??? was pleasant and had a Teutonic sense of humor.
Note that the European Guest House has NO parking facilities for guests; you can park your car at one of the local lots or garages after you drop off your stuff. The closest one is the garage at the Publix/Best Buy. Entrance is on Lennox between 5th & 6th streets, 1 block west and 1.5 blocks south of European Guest House. $1/hour, $20 per day.
In summation, if you desire a reasonably-priced basic B&B experience in a good location, you won't go wrong here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover South Beach’s premiere Bed and Breakfast.Since 1987, the European Guesthouse is the world destination for tourists, long before South Beach's rise to fame.Indulge yourself in any of the well appointed rooms as well as in the 2 sundecks and the hot Jacuzzi. Guests start the day enjoying an all you can eat breakfast buffet in the lush tropical garden and complimentary tea, coffee, fruits and pastries all day long ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- European Guesthouse Hotel Miami Beach