When I'm in Miami, I usually stay at the Shore Club, but decided to try this place 'cause it's in the same price range. At first it very much compared unfavorably, with I-could-care-less-about-you attitude from the front desk at check-in, which continued throughout the stay. And I have to say that was odd considering the wait staff in the restaurant, the spa staff, housekeeping and the valet could not have been more friendly and accommodating. But the front desk acted like they were in a dentists chair and you were the dentist every time you asked them a question. Also, the rooms are smaller than Shore Club. And while the spa is larger, it's oddly and inconveniently laid out. Also the "Continental" breakfast which was included in my package was a pile of bread. It was ridiculous. (Shore Club gives you fruit.) So I'd hope they reconsider that. Its silly: who eats a croissant, a chocolate croissant, 2 pieces of coffee cake and like 6 places of bread for breakfast?
But then the advantages started to sink in. It's quiet. I slept well. I could party with the riff-raff on the beach and then retreat to my hideaway. The pool is tremendous. The warm waterfall is great. The 'clothing-optional' mudbath was sensational. Great feeling soaking naked in a giant bathtub on the water's edge! (and I'm not even close to being a nudist!!!)
The indoor facilities not bad either. The Hammam was very relaxing and the steam room was good.
So by the time I left I felt it was far better than the Shore Club and I would definitely stay here again and would choose it over Shore Club from now on all things being equal.
Finally, a tip if you want to avoid the $40 a day parking fee: there's free street parking all around the hotel...only problem is it's only good during the day--at night you need a residential parking permit. But go over one bridge toward the beach to Purdy Ave. and there are 8 hour meters which are not in effect from midnight-9 a.m. So, if you park there at night, and then you can move the car by 9 a.m. to a free spot right in front of the hotel. Sounds like a lot of work but $2 or so vs. $40?