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Pestana South Beach Art Deco Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1817 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (City Center)   |  
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Ranked #59 of 205 Hotels in Miami Beach
Bangkok, Thailand
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“cool hotel great staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

an experienced world traveller who avoids corporate like hotels or the usual big hotel groups.i.e marriott or hilton.
the pestana was excellent in so many facets.great location,welcoming,incredibly clean,nice pool and rooms for the art deco hotel.management were great and special mention to the restaurant/bar staffer Endri.The hotel is very fortunate to have him.hospitality is second nature to him.i am a single dad with a teenager daughter and they treated her like a vip.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Perfect hotel in the art deco district of Miami south beach within walking distance of Ocean Drive, Collins Ave, Washington Ave and nearby Lincoln Road. Hotel is situated in an quiet neighborhood.
Friendly Staff, good breakfast, en great Valet parking .
Value for money !

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

If you want to stay in SoBe, want an Art Deco hotel, great location and quiet haven to sleep in without breaking the bank, Pestana is ideal. Hotel is still less than 2years old, super clean with spacious rooms (for the beach). I love James Ave--Collins and lincoln are right there, but this street is quiet, peaceful, and worlds away.

Staff does go out of its way for you, service at the bar is a bit slow (welcome to Miami time!) but the drinks are great! Try a mojito!

Things to know if you're coming to SoBe or staying here: ditch the car. You wont need it as everything is nearby and you have cabs and rental bikes as an option. Also, parking everywhere on the beach and this area in particular is a nightmare and expensive. Uber also just came to Miami!

Hotel has a 2br suite type room that is great for 6 people traveling together but beware that the back building has no elevator so if stairs are an issue, skip this building. As an example, my older parents would not have been able to handle all the stairs for this room type. The 2BR itself has stairs as well as its comprised of a LR area with a bath downstairs (sofa converts), then 2BR upstairs, one with 2 twin beds and the other with king and ensuite bath. The second bedroom shares the bath downstairs. The room also has 2 balconies and a huge sundeck off the 2nd room upstairs.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This hotel within walking distance of Ocean Drive is the perfect hide-away when visiting Miami Beach. It consists of three Art Deco buildings around a swimming pool that can sometimes be a bit noisy in the day. The rooms are clean and large and have excellent wifi coverage. We had a room that was fitted for disabled persons, the downside being that you could not shower without flooding the bathroom. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There is no free parking space in the area. The hotel has a valet parking service that works just fine but is expensive at 30 dollar/24 hours.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Recent reviews that all mention the friendly and helpful staff are spot on. The hotel is kept very clean and tidy - all day. The free wifi is fast. Make sure you look out for happy-hour in the bar and try one of the many cocktails or ice-cold beers.

The Pestana is within easy walking distance of the beach, the Lincoln Road Mall, and the restaurants on Washington Avenue. Try the Ocean Deli around the corner at 20th and Liberty Avenue, and the Deco Bike hire on 17th Street near the beach.

For breakfast, we'd suggest not having it in the hotel every day of your stay, try the many choices nearby.

The Pestana's a relatively small hotel and we chose it because it looked like it would be more fun than the larger hotels in Miami Beach - we chose well ! Enjoy !

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very friendly staff, a clean room, a nice pool and within easy walking distance of Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road. Our only quibble was $30 a night for parking but perhaps that just reflects parking prices in South Beach and they did wash the car for us

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This hotelgood because of the staff working on it. All are extremely attentive. The facilities are also good but needs minor changes such as noise, but the rooms are large and welcoming. The breakfast is American standard. We could have better options for dinner and a more extended time there since 20:30 closes the service. The beach service is paid $ 20.00 per two chairs.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pestana South Beach Art Deco Hotel

Address: 1817 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 205 Hotels in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pestana South Beach Art Deco Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It has 97 rooms and suites, plus 2 luxurious 2-bedroom apartments. Its charming central courtyard with pool and the Mermaid Bar & Bistrot, are perfect to relax and enjoy what South Beach has to offer. Few hotels in Miami are so well integrated with the main business and leisure areas of Miami. Just a couple of minutes from the hotel you will find Ocean Drive (ocean promenade) and also the amazing South Beach, with calm and crystal clear waters. Nearby you can also visit the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Miami Beach Golf Club and Lincoln Road, a true open-air shopping center, with a huge variety of restaurants and shops. Miami is a cosmopolitan city, glamorous, full of life and entertainment, besides being the financial center of Latin America. Today South Beach is the cultural heart of Miami, where you will find the most famous beaches, the hottest nightlife and the best shops and restaurants, plus the Art Deco Historial District. ... more   less 
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